Le Chéile Arts & Music Festival (Oldcastle)
Le Chéile Arts & Music Festival takes place annually on the last week in July. The festival includes comedy, arts, and music events. In the past Lisa Hannigan, Mundy, & Jack L, have all performed at the event. Find out more at: www.lecheile.com
The Fleadh Cheoil na héireann takes place during the month of August in Cavan town, Co. Cavan. It is the largest festival of music, song and dance with people gathering from all over the world for this immense cultural celebration.
Mullagh Fair Day
The Mullagh Fair Day is a wonderful family day out with something for everyone and every age. Entertainment includes Pig Racing, Puppet Theatre, Street Theatre, Jugglers, Music, Dog Show, Children's Entertainment, Food and Craft Fair, Vintage Vehicles, and cattle, sheep, horse, and fowl sales. The fair day takes place on the second Sunday of September each year.
Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival
This festival, which takes place every August in Moynalty, has been running since 1953. It includes an exhibition of Steam Threshing, Vintage Engines and Machinery. There is a working demonstration of reaping and binding. The festival also includes displays of Crafts and museum artifacts, farm animals and birds, horse drawn machinery, side dhows and dancing deck.
Blue Jean Country Queen Festival
The Athboy "Blue Jean Country Queen" festival is organized by the Meath Macra na Feirme. The festival takes place in June and includes over 3 days of music, events and of course the competition itself. Phone: 046 94 87037 for more details
Kells Road Race
The Kells Road Race takes place in July around Crossakiel Village (approx 10 minutes drive from Clonabreany House). These races are considered to be the best National Road Races in Ireland attracting top racers. Find out more at: www.kellsroadraces.com
Kells Summer Festival
The Kells Summer Festival is an annual festival with music, art, children's fun, fireworks, poetry and sports. The festival takes place each year in July. Contact the Kells Heritage centre on 046 9247840 for more information. Find out more at: www.kellsfestivals.com
Lakeland Quilt Fair
Since 2000, one of the most significant quilting events in Ireland has taken place in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan. This month-long event (in September) is held at the County Cavan Museum, has been marked by courses taught by some of the most renowned international and national teachers, by outstanding exhibitions, by competitions. Contact the museum 049 8544070 for more information.
Scurlogstown Olympiad Traditional Haymaking Festival (Trim)
This truly is a festival with a difference promising loads of fun for all the family. The festival normally takes place in June. Activities includes set dancing, Wren boys, High Nellie Cycle Race, Slow tractor race, rare breed animals, Crafts and the famous Celtic Queen Festival. Phone: 086 8575618 for further information.
The annual Crossroads Céilí, organised by Cairde Rince Céilí na héireann, is held in Ughtyneill, Co. Meath (2 miles from Moynalty on the Kingscourt road) in July each year. This unique event has attracted lovers of Céilí dancing from all over Ireland over the last 25 years as well as locals and tourists who wish to witness and take part in this night of Céilí dancing on the road. There is a hall nearby if it rains.
Killinkere Whit Jamboree
This festival takes place annually over the June bank holiday weekend at the Killinkere Leisure Centre, Killinkere, Cavan. The four day festival features fashion shows, parachuting, hot air balloon display, kids entertainment; face painting, playmaking, bouncy castle, live music.
Virginia Agricultural Show
Regarded as one of the leading agricultural shows, Virginia Show has been running annually for 70 years. As well as being a showpiece for some of Ireland's finest livestock, there is a wide selection of classes for garden produce, home industries, fruit and flowers, photography and handwriting dogs & pets. One of the highlights of the show is the crowning of the Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow. The show takes place each year in late August. Phone: 049 8547197 for more information.
Virginia Pumpkin Festival
This Halloween festival is filled with live music and street entertainers. Activities include: Ireland's heaviest pumpkins competing for ?1,000 prize, children's fancy dress party, barn dance, food & craft markets, and a firework display at Lough Ramor lakeshore with live music and food.
National Country Fair - Ballinlough Castle
The Ballinlough Castle Country Fair is a two-day festival of Irish country sports and country life which takes place annually in July-August. Located in the beautiful setting of Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath, this is a major two-day event hosting shooting, fishing and gundog competitions as well as a rural life show featuring crafts, related trade-stands and true family entertainment such as birds of prey and the crack aerobatic team, the Yakovlevs. With free car parking located a five minute walk from the centre of the Castle Estate, visitors can be assured of hassle free parking, fast entry and a pleasurable stroll to the fair through mature, Irish parkland. Find out more at: www.nationalcountryfair.ie