Friday, January 6, 2012

From Notre Dame v Navy to the Galway Summer Races – Top 10 Events You Can’t Miss in Ireland, 2012

From Notre Dame v Navy to the Galway Summer Races
Top 10 Events You Can’t Miss in Ireland, 2012

2012 is a big year for events in Ireland! With Notre Dame and Navy set to face off in September in Dublin, the yearly St. Patrick’s Week and the Tall Ships Race returning to Ireland; 2012 is action-packed with events offering something for everyone.

1. Notre Dame vs Navy
Dublin, September 1, 2012

In 1996, Notre Dame and Navy faced off in Dublin, and thousands of Notre Dame and Navy fans traveled to be a part of it. The Notre Dame-Navy series has been played annually since 1927, making it one of the longest uninterrupted intersectional series in college football and creating a long tradition of rivalry between the two teams. Celtic Tours fans who travel to Ireland to attend the Notre Dame-Navy game will also be guided to the beauty and fascination of Ireland. The game is scheduled for Sept. 1, 2012.

2. St. Patrick’s Week 
Throughout Ireland, March
The whole world is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! And Dublin is the stage for the biggest and best St. Patrick’s celebrations in the world, the St. Patrick’s Festival. Thousands of Irish people and visitors alike will paint the town green for six fantastic, fun-filled days.

3. Galway Summer Races
Galway, July
Adrenalin-pumping action, heart-stopping finishes and breath-taking fashion; you are at the Galway Races. Situated on the outskirts of Galway city, in the West of Ireland, the Galway Racecourse is the place to be.

4. Tall Ship Race
Dublin, August

Leave the present day behind and experience the thrill of the open water as you take part in the Tall Ships Festival this summer in Dublin, Ireland. There’s beauty in a mass of sails and rigging, the sight of 100 ships sailing into the Irish port will stir your maritime soul. One of the most thrilling and colorful events in the world, Dublin is expecting to host 50 majestic Tall ships, 1500 sailing trainees and an anticipated 500,000 maritime, music and festival fans on the quays of Ireland’s Fair City.

5. 50th International Eucharistic Congress
Dublin, June

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress is a week long programme of events, linking faith and culture, with a particular focus on the gathering of people of every nation, language and way of life around the table of the Lord.
6. Puck Fair
Killorglin, August 10 -12

Killorglin, in the geographical heart of Kerry, is the venue for one of Ireland's most unusual street festivals - Puck Fair. The fair is one of Ireland's oldest and longest celebrated and is held without fail on 10th, 11th and 12th August every year with 12 hours of free family street entertainment.

7. Cahirmee Horse Fair
Cahirmee, July 12

Cahirmee Horse Fair is one of the oldest fairs in Ireland, and is reputed to date back to the time of Brian Boru. The Duke of Wellington bought his horse, Copenhagen, which he rode at the Battle of Waterloo, at the fair. Napoleon also bought a horse at Cahirmee. The Fair came to Buttevant from Cahirmee Fair Field in 1921 and has been held in Buttevant since. Visitors to the fair can see the buying and selling of horses on the streets, while a horse show will also be held with a number of prizes available, including the best horse of the fair.

8. Galway Christmas Market
Galway, Dec 14 – 24

Galway's famous bustling market has been trading in Church Lane by St Nicholas's Church in the City centre for centuries, and it really comes to life during the Christmas event when it will be open from the 14th to 24th December. There will be hundreds of stalls selling a great variety of food and crafts. There will be food such as madras curry, sushi, crepes and mount-watering hand-made chocolates, among many other delights. Or, you can buy great quality ingredients for your Yuletide festivities.

9. Volvo Ocean Yacht Race
Galway, July 3-8

One of the most exciting, high-adrenalin yacht races in the world will wind its way into Galway City on 3rd of July 2012 after eight months at sea.

10. Rugby Six Nations Championship – Ireland v Wales
Dublin, Feb and March

Following Ireland’s defeat to a strong Welsh side, putting an end to their world cup dreams, Ireland will be looking to make amends at what promises to be a great match as both teams kick off their RBS 6 Nations campaign.

Looking for something a little different? Check out this Festival and Event Calendar provided by Discover Ireland

Plan your next event vacation to Ireland with Celtic Tours World Vacations. Events are also great ways to get a group trip together, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-833-4373 to start planning your vacation to Ireland today!

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