Irish Summer Festivals you MUST Attend This August
Don’t hang around like a broken string this summer, look what exciting festivals have hit Irish shores!
Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival
The 30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford from Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 7th this year. It is getting a solid reputation as an action-packed family festival with fun events on the beautiful Duncannon beach. Activities include a family beach party, beach games, live music and professional sand sculptures plus a range of free activities and entertainment.
Professional sand-sculptors will be onsite creating giant sand-sculpted masterpieces and a huge fireworks display after dark lighting up the Hook Peninsula.
The sand sculpture tent will be open all day from 10am, there will be plenty of fun games for all the family to join in on the beach, this will include for the first time Ireland’s biggest water fight on a beach. Water balloons will be provided.
The family fun continues on Sunday with the Annual Amateur Sand Sculpting Competition – this competition is open to all ages and ability and best sand sculpture wins.
Commenting on the upcoming festival one of the festivals organiser’s Cathy Dowling said, “We are delighted to be hosting the 30th annual festival, over the years the festival has held some very innovative and fun events including the first all-Ireland sandsculpting competition and also a record attempt to create the most number of Sand Angels for which we created 405 sand angels at the festival last year. This festival is always fun filled, our emphasis is firmly on family fun and we ensure a programme filled with wonderful activities for the locals and visitors to the village to enjoy with all of the events on offer either free of charge or at a nominal fee.”
Giant Luminarium to Light up the Fleadh
The Mirazozo luminarium is a giant art installation featuring caverns for members of the public to explore. It will be a colourful focal point on the Ennis landscape during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann from Saturday 13th August to Sunday 21st August.
The structure, designed by Alan Parkinson of the company Architects of Air, is being brought to Active Ennis Tim Smythe Park by Clare County Council. The structure has been visited by more than 2 million people in 43 countries around the world at iconic locations such as the Guggenheim in Spain and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Inspired by Islamic architecture and natural geometry, Mirazozo features winding passages of small domes inspired by repeat forms found in the bazaars of Iran. Inside the spaceship-shaped structure is a multi-coloured world of bright luminous green, red and blue stripes of light forming bouncing patterns of colour on the walls of five interlinked domes.
Says Cllr. Ann Norton, mayor of Ennis, “Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is an opportunity to showcase Ennis as the vibrant and culturally rich town we all know and love. With an estimated 400,000 people expected to visit the town during the Fleadh, it is important that we leave them with a lasting positive memory of Ennis and County Clare so they will not only consider returning for the 2017 Fleadh but will also factor in Ennis to any future travel plans.”
Mayor Norton said she is looking forward to watching the Mirazozo luminarium transforming Active Ennis Tim Smythe Park which will also host a 2,000-person capacity performance dome during the annual Irish traditional festival, which returns to Ennis for the first time since 1977.
“I am particularly happy to see that the luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties as they too will be able to enjoy this interactive structure that provides a sensory experience of light, colour and sound,” she added.
Monica Meehan, of the Clare County Council said the 158 ft. by 94 ft inflatable exhibit will be the size of more than half a football pitch once erected. “The luminosity of light and colour inside Mirazozo is created purely by the light shining through the exhibit which is constructed from a specially made PVC. Anyone of any age or background can connect with it. Visitors are invited to wander, to sit down and enjoy the ambience and the space.”
The MIRAZOZO luminarium will be open to the public at the following times:
-10.00 am – 6.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 13/14th August
-Midday – 6.00 pm, Monday – Thursday, 15-18th August
-10.00 am – 8.00 pm, Friday – Sunday, 19th-21st August
During operational times, tickets may be purchased from the Mirazozo Box Office which is located at Active Ennis Tim Smythe Park. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Irish Kite Surfing Championships
Duncannon Beach in County Wexford will be home to the Irish National Kite Surfing Championships, which will take place during Hooked Kite Fest on August 13 and 14. Spectators can look forward to seeing the skills from the very best junior, female and male riders from across Ireland and the globe as they compete over the weekend in a series of course racing and freestyle events.
Over 50 kite-surfers will compete in the men’s, women’s and junior (under 18s) categories demonstrating their skills, airs and speed in a series of course racing and hang-time competitions over the weekend.
The Hooked Kite Fest also offers a host of free family fun and entertainment for landlubbers, including water zorbing, archery, face painting, kids’ power kite lessons and much more. There’ll also be a festival BBQ and beach party. For a full programme of see visitwexford.ie
Get out there people!
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