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Ireland really has become a haven for festivals and events with great things happening in every corner of the country. There are too many to fit into one post , so here is part 1 of my FREE family events series. 

Ruaille Buaille Lucan Childrens Music Festival 

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Ruaille Buaille Lucan Childrens Music Festival is now in it’s tenth year and is taking place in schools, Lucan library from Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th June.  Ruaille Buaille in Griffeen Park on Saturday 10th June is a great FREE family day out.  As well as an array of great performances, workshops and events in the park, there will be plenty happening including face-painting, circus performers, storytelling, pop-up shows and a foodie corner.

Returning to the park this year is singer, actress, ex member of Celtic Woman and multi platinum recording artist, Lisa Lambe. Lisa has toured the world and Ruaille Buaille is delighted she has made the Ruaille Buaille in Griffeen Park one of her gigs for summer 2017. Also featured this year are The Henry Girls, The Gregory Walkers, Indigenous People, Brian Fleming and Instant Orchestra with Nico Brown  and Lucan Gospel Choir.

Lucan gospel Choir in association with http://www.partystudio.ie are offering one lucky young singer the opportunity to win a recording contract for a song with the choir. The choir are working with a number of youth groups to perform in concert alongside them in the park and on the day one  individual will be chosen to record a track with the choir singing the lead solo.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include a new Trad stage with special guests in association with Music Generation South Dublin, a mini-music marquee with early years workshops for our youngest festival goers and the Mobile Music Machine is back this year by popular demand.


SeaFest 2017


Ireland’s national maritime festival, SeaFest 2017 takes place in Galway from June 30th to July 2nd.

Galway Harbour will be transformed into an ‘open air sea world’ for the three-day festival with a host of FREE family friendly entertainment and attractions on water and land. PowerFly’s world champion flyboarders will perform stunning aerial acrobatics and there will be a veritable flotilla of ships, many of which are open for public tours. Another top attraction will be the return of the famous tall ship, The Phoenix, which was a huge draw at SeaFest 2016.

The free festival also hosts exhibits on marine life and fun educational activities that bring children on a journey of discovery when it comes to the mysteries of the ocean. Foodies can get tips from seafood cookery experts and sample some tasty bites.



Street Performances in Dublin & Cork

Laya City Spectacular is back in Dublin & Cork again this July. Watch the world’s best all-round entertainers compete for the coveted ‘Street Performance World Champion’ title, and there’s a host of many more free family friendly events throughout the festival.

In Merrion Square, Dublin from 7th – 9th July, & Fitzgerald Park, Cork from 15th – 16th July 2017.


Bray Summer Fest

Bray Summer Fest taking place 22nd & 23rd of July 2017 has a family friendly ethos providing specialised events for families, children and young people! Don’t miss the highlight, the award winning Air Display.


The Gruffalo Trail at Colin Glen Park, Belfast

Colin Glen Forest Park near Belfast is home to Northern Ireland’s only official Gruffalo Trail. Each character has been magically recreated by sculptor Andrew McIntyre and set against the backdrop of a stunning forest park.

Enter through the Gruffalo Archway and walk through the leafy park to a beautiful Gruffalo themed seating area next to the cascading Colin river.





Giants Parade Galway

As part of the annual Galway International Arts Festival, which has events running from July 17th to 30th 2016, the parades through the streets have amazing sights such as fire-breathing insects, giant dragons and beautiful butterflies.


Bagenalstown Summer Madness Festival 2017

Bagenalstown Summer Madness Festival 2017 is a family friendly festival, taking place from July 14th – 16th. Events include free street entertainment, music, their ever popular duck race, raft racing along the river and lots more family fun.


If you have an event or festival happening this summer, please let me know in the comments or email me dublinmummy@gmail.com

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