Festivals this September on the Island of Ireland
Ireland in September is all about the harvest, and food. There are a number of food festivals the length and breadth of the Island of Ireland this month. And with the Irish tourism initiative of ‘Taste the Island’ fully launched this September 2019 – you’ll spot some in this What’s On article but be sure to keep an eye out in your local town or city for food and drink events that celebrate everything great about local Irish produce.
But first some poetry, and this month’s poem is by William Butler Yeats and his poem September 1913.
This poem was originally titled ‘Romance in Ireland’ and in it Yeats reflects on the Ireland he sees around him. He talks about the materialism and the greed, and the cultural narrow-mindedness. ‘An Ireland enslaved to greed, an Ireland unable to appreciate aesthetic beauty or offer aid to the poor: “Was it for this the wild geese spread/The grey wing upon every tide;/For this that all that blood was shed”‘ (encyclopedia.com)
Do you think Yeats’ view of Ireland 106 years later would be the same?
Top Festival Picks in Leinster this September 2019
Leinster: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
What’s On – Things to Do in Dublin | September 2019 | Full Listing here
Blackrock Film Festival | Louth | Aug 29th – Sept 1st | visitblackrock.ie
Athlone River Festival | Athlone | Aug 31st – Sept 1st | athlone.ie
Enniskerry Festival | Wicklow | Sept 6th & Sept 8th | enniskerryfestival.ie
Taste of Togher | Louth | Sept 21st | tasteoftogher.com
Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival | Meath | Sept 27th – Sept 29th | dunfest.com
Taste of Monaghan | Monaghan Town | Sept 28th | tasteofmonaghan.com
Write By The Sea Literary Festival | Wexford | Sept 27th – Sept 29th | writebythesea.ie
Top Festival Picks in Munster this September
Munster: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival | Clare | Aug 30th – Sept 29th | matchmakerireland
Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival | Aug 30th – Sept 1st | capeclear
Waterford Harvest Festival | Waterford City | Sept 6th – 8th | waterfordharvestfestival
Chief O’Neill Festival Bantry | Cork | Sept 6th – Sept 8th | chiefoneillfestivalbantry
A Taste of West Cork | Various – West Cork | Sept 6th – Sept 15th | atasteofwestcork.com
Cahir Trad Fest | Tipperary | Sept 13th – Sept 15th | facebook.com/CahirComhaltas
Cromane SeaFest | Kerry | Sept 14th & Sept 15th | cromaneseafest.com
Pitch’d Circus Arts Festival | Cork City | Sept 20th – Sept 29th | pitchdfestival.ie
Small Roads Theatre Festival – Kenmare | Kerry | Sept 26th – Oct 14th | smallroads.com
Top Festival Picks in Connacht this September 2019
Connacht: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.
Food Fleadh Ballina | Mayo | Sept 26th – Sept 29th | facebook.com/Ballina
Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival | Sept 27th – 29th | galwayoysterfestival
Top Festival Picks in Ulster incl. Northern Ireland this September
Ulster (including Northern Ireland): Antrim, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Armagh, Derry, Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone.
Carnival of Colours | Derry / Londonderry | Aug 31st – Sept 1st | inyourspaceni.org
Bounce Arts Festival | Belfast City | Sept 5th – Sept 8th | universityofatypical.org
Killybegs Hooked Seafood Festival | Donegal | Sept 7th | killybegscommunity
Glenties Harvest Fair | Donegal | Sept 12th – Sept 15th | glenties.ie
Autumn Fair | Belfast City | Sept 14th – Sept 15th | belfastcity.gov.uk
Armagh Food & Cider Festival | Armagh | Sept 19th – Sept 22nd | visitarmagh.com
Dunfanaghy Food Festival | Donegal | Sept 27th – Sept 29th | facebook.com/dunfanaghy
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