From gouls and ghosts to guys and gals
A selective guide to festivals around the country this weekend
Imelda May, who performs at Sligo Live this weekend
The seventh annual Savour Kilkenny food festival continues until Monday, with the widest-ranging and most eclectic selection of food-related events organised anywhere in the country. Many of them are free, although there are are also opportunities to splurge out on special events. savourkilkenny.com
Lough Gur Storytelling Festival in Co Limerick has events in the Honey Fitz Theatre, Lough Gur, Bruff, Co Limerick. Contact
061-385386 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Willie Keane Memorial Weekend, Co Clare
A traditional music, singing and dancing weekend in west Clare, this festival celebrates the life of legendary
sean nós and set dancer Willie Keane. It takes place
at Doonbeg. Telephone:
087-998 5427 or see
Virginia Pumpkin Festival
Among the highlights of the annual Virginia Pumpkin festival is the grand carnival parade which takes place at 5pm tomorrow featuring aerial performers, mechanical horses, glittering mirrors, dancing girls and exotic giant lanterns as well as the famous giant pumpkin.
Galway Comedy Festival
The Bulmers Comedy festival sees a range of events throughout the city over the bank holiday weekend. Acts include David O’Doherty.
Dublin Bram Stoker
Dublin will celebrate all things ghoulish during the second Bram Stoker Festival, running from today until Monday.
Hunters Moon Festival,
The Hunter’s Moon Festival is three days devoted to “the unusual, minimal, free, outer psychedelic and strange in sound and vision” in
Sligo Live celebrates the best in Irish and international folk, roots and indie music. It is an intimate affair where patrons mingle with the performers. Acts include Imelda May
Shackleton Autumn School
The 13th Annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School consists of a series of lectures, film, drama, musical events and exhibitions. It takes place in Athy, Co Kildare. Telephone: 059-863 3075.
Halloween Fun and Games at Bunratty Folk Park
The annual Halloween holiday event takes place on bank holiday Monday.