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Feed your imagination with our upcoming festivals in Tipperary

  • Clancy Brothers Festival Tipperary
  • Fetivals Tipperary June
  • James D Watson famous Tipperary man - Nobel prize winner
  • Tony Ryan inspirational entrepreneur
  • Nenagh Castlefest Festival Tipperary June
  • Music Festival in Nenagh Tipperary June

We have lots of great days out (and weekends away!) coming up for the June bank holiday. The Clancy Brothers Festival, located in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, is celebrating 10 years this year. The town will once again be transformed into a haven for local & visiting artists, performers and cultural enthusiasts. The Festival honours the musical legacy of the world famous influential Irish Folk music group - The Clancy Brothers - whom together with Tommy Makem - were the first Irish singers to achieve international fame during the folk revival of the 1960s. 

There is a vibrant and diverse festival programme catering for all ages and tastes. The festival starts on Wednesday the 31st of May and continues until Monday the 5th of June. Highlights include the world famous singer Eleanor McEvoy (remember a Womans Heart?) on Friday the 2nd of June at 8.15pm in Brewery Lane. There’s a youth busking competition on the Saturday at 2.30pm. You can see the full list of events here.

Did you know that apart from the Clancy Brothers, Tipperary is home to many influential historical characters including James Dewey Watson, (winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology with two others in 1962 for their discovery of DNA structure), not to forget Dolla man Tony Ryan (founder of Ryan Air).

Other things to do this month include our Bogs & Butterflys walk. No. 9 on our Top 10 walks. Visit the best bog in Tipperary – the Lough Doire Bhile Loop - is rich in biodiversity and a haven for butterflies. You can bring a picnic and spend the day exploring the flora and fauna. This is an easy walk for all the family, and starts in the car park, by the information board. (Grid: S 215 521 OS map no. 67). It’s about 45 minutes long and is a loop. Watch out for secret visitors. The area is home to the Marsh Fritillary Butterfly.

And if you still crave that festival feeling, the brand new Nenagh Castlefest at the end of June will keep you in fine fettle. It takes place on the 23rd to the 25th of June in Nenagh. This mid-summer festival has its roots in traditional Irish music and jazz, but has expanded to include many other genres.

The weekend kicks off with an opening night concert at Nenagh Arts Centre, followed by music sessions in a number of bars around the town. Saturday will see traditional music workshops in the morning, a family funday with live music, food and activities for all the family at The People’s Picnic in the Castle Field. Later on in the Castle Field, the highlight of the festival – internationally renowned artists Mundy, Paddy Casey and friends will take to the stage for a free open-air concert. 

On Sunday venture into the Castle field for a Sunday afternoon barbeque while you listen to live music on-stage. What a great way to spend the weekend. Start the month with a traditional festival and end it with contemporary music in a castle. Find out more about Nenagh Castlefest.