Events from Ireland

McGrath Clan Gathering

When: Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

The International McGrath Clan Gathering takes place in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. This five day festival of McGrath heritage, history and culture has attracted members of the clan from around the world. The gathering starts on Wednesday, June 26th and continues to Sunday, June 30th, culminating in the McGrath Gala Dinner in the Park Hotel. It features two heritage tours, three lecture sessions, BBQ, great Traditional Irish Music, Gala Dinner and film premiere.

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McGrath Clan Gathering

Connecticut Irish Festival Feis and Agricultural Fair 2019

When: Saturday, 22 June, 2019

The Connecticut Irish Festival, New Haven County’s oldest festival, will return June 22-23 to the North Haven Fairgrounds (300 Washington Ave). This family-fun event features continuous entertainment, dancing, traditional Irish food, beer garden, Irish Tea House, sports, the Kid Zone, and the New Haven Feis dance competition will take place on Sunday. There is something for everyone.

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Connecticut Irish Festival Feis and Agricultural Fair 2019

Lough Gur Summer Solstice Festival

When: Friday, 21 June, 2019

In Ireland, Midsummer or the summer solstice takes places on 21st June. This is the longest day of the year, when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. In ancient pagan times in Ireland, the summer solstice symbolised that the power of the sun was at its highest and was believed to be a sacred time. The Lough Gur Summer Solstice Festival celebrates the longest day of the year (aka the first day of Summer in Ireland) and has been a local tradition for over 5000 years.

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Sunrise at Lough Gur

Bloomsday 2019

When: Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Bloomsday, observed annually on 16 June, is the day James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" takes place in 1904.

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Bloomsday hashtag image

Bloomsday in Melbourne 2019

When: Wednesday, 12 June, 2019

Following hugely successful revivals in London and New York, Tom Stoppard’s brilliant comedy, Travesties, will have a limited Bloomsday season in June at fortyfivedownstairs. It has all the hallmarks of Stoppard’s style – playfully extravagant theatricality, an historical occasion, and wit.

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Bloomsday Melbourne James Joyce

National Famine Way Custom House Quay Commemoration

When: Thursday, 30 May, 2019

The National Famine Way Custom House Quay Commemoration Launch will begin with the arrival of a group of Famine Walkers in the CHQ building at the end of their 167km, 6-day walk from Strokestown Park along the National Famine Way. The Famine Walkers will have followed in the footsteps of the 1,490 former tenants from Denis Mahon’s estate in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, who were forced to emigrate from Dublin and Liverpool on some of the worst of the coffin ships during the summer of 1847, when over half of them perished.

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Participants in the National Famine Walk en route to Dublin