Irish Grand National; Easter Monday: Ireland loves horse racing, and this National Hunt steeplechase has been running since 1870. It always draws huge crowds of Dubliners to County Meath.
Bloomsday; June 16: A fixture in Ireland’s summer calendar for decades, this one-day celebration of James Joyce and his masterpiece Ulysses (set on June 16, 1904) includes a range of events in Dublin and elsewhere.
Galway International Arts Festival; July: Two weeks of theatre, music, comedy, literature, dance and visual arts makes this one of Ireland’s top arts festivals. Past performers have included everyone from Primal Scream to American composer Philip Glass.