4. Fermanagh Walking Festival, County Fermanagh (March & October): Verdant lakelands, hills, valleys, spongey bogs and grand estates make Fermanagh a walker’s wonderland. This festival proves it.
5. Cork International Choral Festival, Cork city (April-May): The heavenly sounds of a choral competition held everywhere from stunning cathedrals to town halls. What’s not to like?
6. Burren in Bloom, County Clare (April-May): County Clare’s Burren is sublime all year round, but blooms particularly beautifully in spring.
7. Ballinamore Coarse Angling Festival, County Leitrim (May): Five days coarse fishing in the beautiful local loughs of Leitrim’s lush lakelands. Lovely.
7. Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, County Mayo (June): Expect gigs galore, ‘more than one MASSIVE session’, masterclasses, workshops with even churches hosting live shows.
8. Mourne International Walking Festival, County Down (June): Arguably the island’s most visually stunning mountain range, there’s no better way to explore the original Narnia than by foot during the festival.
9. Bloomsday, Dublin city (June): Whether you’ve made it through the masterpiece that is Ulysses or not, Bloomsday is still barrels of craic. Joycean tours, readings at selected locations and meals straight from the book are the only way to celebrate James Joyce in his very city.