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    Fireworks in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland. ⒸShutterstock Fireworks in Bray, Wicklow, Ireland. ⒸShutterstock

    Ireland's Ancient East Festivals

    From street carnivals to opera via jazz and comedy, festivals in Ireland's Ancient East are fun, unique and varied. Choose one that suits you!

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    Bray Jazz Festival, County Wicklow (May)

    Named "one of the very best small jazz festivals in Europe" by All About Jazz magazine, this festival in the Victorian seaside town of Bray hosts an exciting line-up of international stars and homegrown talent each May.

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    Cork International Choral Festival, Cork city (April-May)

    Bringing a whole city to life with song since 1954, the five-day Choral Festival Cork welcomes choirs from across the world for a celebration of choral music in all its many forms.

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    Bealtaine Fire Celebration, Hill of Uisneach, County Westmeath (May)

    Held in “the mythological and sacred centre of Ireland” in County Westmeath, Bealtaine is a rich revival of Ireland's pre-Christian history. This May celebration re-enacts the lighting of the Uisneach fire, heralding summer's arrival.

    Art of The People at Spraoi Festival, Waterford. ©Spraoi Art of The People at Spraoi Festival, Waterford. ©Spraoi

    Waterford Spraoi, Waterford city (July)

    Spraoi is the Irish word for fun, and there's no better way to describe this festival. One of Ireland’s biggest street carnivals, Spraoi covers Waterford in a riot of colour and craic (fun). Think live music, street performers and spectacle – plus, it’s all free.

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    Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny city (Aug)

    For 10 days every summer, this wonderfully eclectic arts festival turns the city's churches, castles and courtyards into one big venue. Come for a day or come for the entire festival and you'll be greeted with a heady mix of world-class music, theatre and art.

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    Cat Laughs Summer Series, Kilkenny city (Aug-Sept)

    Comic geniuses, medieval architecture and a city that's been voted one of the friendliest in the world – no wonder Cat Laughs in Kilkenny is one of the most enjoyable comedy festivals in Europe.

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    Wexford Festival Opera, Wexford town (Oct)

    Started in 1951, the Wexford Festival Opera is one of the world's leading opera festivals. Thousands flock to Wexford to experience the high-quality programme and stagings of rare works.

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    Kilkenny Animated, Kilkenny city (Sept-Oct)

    Expect everything from exhibitions and workshops to graffiti and stand-up comedy at Kilkenny Animated, a festival of visual storytelling inspired by the tales of Ireland's Ancient East and set amongst the medieval streets of Kilkenny city.

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    Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Cork city (Oct)

    Hundreds of acclaimed jazz musicians arrive in Cork in October for the long-running Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. One of Europe's biggest events for jazz music lovers, it takes place in the creative city of Cork on the banks of the River Lee.

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    Cork Film Festival, Cork city (Nov)

    Ireland’s oldest film festival takes place in November in the vibrant city of Cork. Running for over 60 years and Academy Awards® accredited, the festival showcases hundreds of Irish and international films in venues such as the Cork Opera House, Triskel Christchurch and Gate Cinema.

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    The Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, County Meath (Oct-Nov)

    Steel yourself: this festival comes with scares aplenty. Haunted hills, terror houses and monster balls are all on the menu. But the real chill will descend during on Halloween when spirits make their way across these historic lands.

    This building is UNESCO World heritage site. Newgrange is over 5000 years old. Located in County Meath, Ireland, its the most famous of Irish prehistoric sites. ⒸShutterstock This building is UNESCO World heritage site. Newgrange is over 5000 years old. Located in County Meath, Ireland, its the most famous of Irish prehistoric sites. ⒸShutterstock

    Winter Solstice, County Meath (Dec)

    Drumming circles, Celtic chanting and a sunset ceremony mark this ancient winter festival. Nearby, Loughcrew offers a more accessible – and equally breathtaking – experience: watch the rising sun pass over one of the world’s oldest burial mounds.