From harvest festivals to ghost hunting, fall is the perfect time to take that trip to the Emerald Isle. In this post, we highlight some of the most exciting and unique experiences to try on your trip.
Take a tour of the tombs at Glasnevin Cemetery.
Glasnevin Cemetery is Ireland's necropolis, where more than 1.5 million Dubliners have been buried since 1832. There are many famous poets, writers and musicians laid to rest there, and a tour will highlight some of the most celebrated.
Afterwards, be sure to stop into John Kavanagh, also known as the Gravediggers. A family pub established in 1833, pub workers would pass pints to the gravediggers through the cemetery railings as they worked. A piece of Irish history and a perfect spot for a Guinness.
Discover the Creator of Dracula
Bram Stoker who wrote the horror classic, Dracula, in 1897, was born in north Dublin. At the end of October, Dublin plays host to a four-day festival celebrating his work and life. The festival includes literary events, gothic music, theatre and even ghost walking tours!
Delight in Traditional Irish Music
If traditional music is what you are looking for, fall could be the perfect time for your visit to Ireland. In mid-October you can attend the John Dwyer Trad Weekend which runs for three days as part of Waterford's larger Imagine Arts Festival. Alternatively, in mid-November you can check out the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh. At this festival the uilleann pipes take centre stage with concerts, a piping academy reedmaking and pipe maintenance workshops.
Appreciate the Arts
Launched over 50 years ago featuring artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison and the Chieftans, Belfast International Arts Festival is not to be missed. Running for two weeks in October, the festival always features an extensive lineup of new and established artists.
Revel in the Fall Harvest
Our October box was all about celebration of fall, and since ancient times festivals have been held to celebrate the seasonal harvest. Across Ireland you will see local regional and national harvest festivals celebrating nature's bounty.
Established in 1931, The National Ploughing Championships is one of the largest outdoor farming events in Europe. The festival features international ploughing (plowing in the U.S) competitions, livestock shows, sheepdog trials, the National Brown Bread Baking Competition and a shearing competition.