The summer is almost here and Ireland will burst into life in May with dozens of fantastic festivals. If you want a memorable family break or an indulgent escape with a romantic twist, there is something for you. Check out some great May festivals here….and lots more at www.discoverireland.ie
 
Have a “shear” great time in Wexford
Baa Baa!   Don’t miss your chance to see the olympics of sheep shearing, The Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships, in Gorey, Co. Wexford, (May 22nd – 25th). There will be top shearing action, trade stands and exhibitions, live music, craft and the Good Food Ireland Village.
 
Enjoy a taste of the Burren
Treat yourself to a true taste of Clare culture at The Burren Slow Food Festival in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, (May 23rd – 25th), showcasing the best of artisan local food in a beautiful setting. Graze your way around the indoor and outdoor farmers markets and forage for delicious wild food.
 
Go boating in Baltimore!
Learn all you need to know about traditional boat building at the The Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival in West Cork, (May 23rd – 25th). Enjoy spectacular sights as boats and sailors gather for events on land and on the water under sail and oar. Don't miss the unique Carbery Challenge where people build a boat on Saturday and sail it on Sunday!
 
Smell the coffee in Limerick
Enjoy three days of family fun at the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival in Co. Limerick, (May 30th – June 1st), celebrating the creation of the world renowned Irish Coffee in Foynes in 1943. Events include the Irish Coffee Making Championship, outdoor concerts, fun on the River Shannon, and circus workshops!
 
Rock in Rosscarbery
Join in lots of maritime fun at The Rosscarbery Festival by the Sea in stunning West Cork, (May 31st – June 2nd). This fun filled weekend features lots of family entertainment and top Irish bands playing free open air concerts in  Rosscarbery Square, a natural amphitheatre.

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