Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Caught without anything to do this Bank Holiday weekend? There’s no need, because the country is awash with festivals or interesting activities. Check out one or more of these...

Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Bloom Fringe, throughout Dublin, June 3 - 5

Describing itself as Bloom’s “younger, rather irreverent cousin” this festival aims to showcase all the great things Dublin has to offer that lie off the beaten track.

There are pop-up picnics, outdoor yoga sessions and cool crafts events, like basket-weaving. Bloom Fringe brings the visitor to the circular garden at Dublin Castle, amongst other interesting parts of the city.

Dungarvan TradFest, Waterford, June 2 - 6

Now in its 21st year, this festival is a magnet for lovers of all forms of traditional music — from sean nós singing to rousing sea shanties.

Dungarvan is the perfect location from which to explore Waterford’s wonderfully scenic Copper Coast by car, bike or even foot.

Waterford City is only 45 minutes away and Cork is just an hour in the opposite direction.

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Kilkenny, June 2 - 6

Kilkenny is synonymous with the best of contemporary comedy and this hardy perennial enjoys an elevated international reputation.

Doonbeg International Jazz Festival, Co Clare, June 3 - 6

Set on the Atlantic coastline, Doonbeg hosts jazz bands from Ireland and abroad to create a carnival atmosphere.

Dublin Port Riverfest, North Wall Quay, June 4 - 6

Tall ships and schooners will line the banks of the Liffey.

Cork Harbour Festival, Cork, June 4 - 12

Billed as a “carnival of maritime culture” this festival celebrates all that’s great about the sea — from great fish to thrilling nautical sport.

Our most southerly city has long had a strong connection with the sea, something that’s evident from the Titanic Experience Cobh.

Dublin Live Music Trail, city centre, June 4 - 5

Dublin has long been celebrated for the diversity of its live music scene — there are usually several gigs happening on any given evening.

This event — which takes place over six weekends of the year — aims to give talented young bands a leg-up and admission is free.

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