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Beechworth Celtic Festival
Nov
8
to Nov 10

Beechworth Celtic Festival

The annual Beechworth Celtic Festival returns for 2019 with events for all ages. Festival goers can walk in Ned Kelly’s footsteps on a tour of the town’s Heritage Precinct and Goal or enjoy a day with their family at a community picnic. Saturday night will be a highlight of the weekend, with the Beechworth Old Gaol Tattoo taking to the streets to perform music of the World War I era.

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Irish Film Festival - Perth
Jul
5
to Jul 10

Irish Film Festival - Perth

The Irish Film Festival will join forces with the Perth Revelation International Film Festival to bring three of the year’s best Irish films to Western Australia. The select screenings offer a smorgasbord of genres, from chilling documentary Unquiet Graves to laugh-out-loud comedy Metal Heart.

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Kilmore Celtic Festival
Jun
28
to Jun 30

Kilmore Celtic Festival

Victoria’s historical town of Kilmore was a base for early Celtic settlers, the most famous being colonial politician William Rutledge from Kilmore, County Cavan. The Celtic Festival honours the town’s past and ongoing culture with a traditional banquet, poetry and pipe performances and cheerful community gatherings.

Kilmore is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne.

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Jun
7
to Jun 10

National Celtic Festival, Portarlington

  • Port Arlington CIV Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held annually in Portarlington, Victoria, Australia on the June long weekend.

The Festival uses a range of venues within the town, including community halls and spaces, the hotel, restaurants, cafes and churches. Marquees are also set up on the foreshore to provide additional venues; these include the Village Stage, Celtic Club, Wine Bar, and Celtic Markets.

The festival caters for all age groups and for a diversity of cultural and family groups. The festival has become an annual event for families and friends to gather, offering time to relax and experience the depth of Celtic culture through the festival’s cultural diverse arts program.

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2019 Irish Film Festival, Melbourne
May
9
to May 12

2019 Irish Film Festival, Melbourne

Back in its fifth year, 2019’s Irish Film Festival Australia’s program features comedy, drama, animation, shorts and documentary film direct from Ireland. We sample Ireland from the border during the Troubles, the 90s Dublin rave scene, a vibrant surf culture on the West Coast, to a Cavan cowboy in the rain. You actually wouldn’t get this stuff anywhere else.

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2019 Irish Film Festival, Sydney
May
2
to May 6

2019 Irish Film Festival, Sydney

Back in its fifth year, 2019’s Irish Film Festival Australia’s program features comedy, drama, animation, shorts and documentary film direct from Ireland. We sample Ireland from the border during the Troubles, the 90s Dublin rave scene, a vibrant surf culture on the West Coast, to a Cavan cowboy in the rain. You actually wouldn’t get this stuff anywhere else.

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2019 Irish Film Festival, Penrith Gaels
May
1
8:00 PM20:00

2019 Irish Film Festival, Penrith Gaels

Back in its fifth year, 2019’s Irish Film Festival Australia’s program features comedy, drama, animation, shorts and documentary film direct from Ireland.

The Festival kicks off with the screening of Unquiet Graves at Penrith Gaels on Wednesday 1 May 2019

This documentary alleges that the British government colluded with Loyalist paramilitaries in the deaths of more than 120 citizens in Ireland in the early 70’s.

Unquiet Graves details how members of the RUC and UDR, (a British Army regiment) were centrally involved in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians during the recent conflict in Ireland. It details how members worked hand in hand with known sectarian murderers in a campaign aimed at terrorising the most vulnerable in society.

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Nov
10
to Nov 11

Magners Sydney Irish Festival

The Sydney Irish Festival kicks off on Saturday 10 November with family friendly entertainment throughout the day including traditional Irish dance performances, hurling clinics, amusement rides, player autograph sessions, market stalls, activities for kids of all ages and a Guinness Book of Records attempt to make the world’s biggest Irish stew. Enjoy comedy and live music throughout the day culminating in a major concert commencing at sunset with Damien Dempsey, Mary Black, Lunasa and Saint Sister. 

Day two on Sunday 11 November will commence with the Big Irish Brunch, more family friendly activities and live music in the build up to the pre-game welcome parade of the teams into the stadium, before Galway and Kilkenny battle it out. Keep updated via the website.

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Oct
5
to Oct 7

65th Tesselaar Tulip Festival - Irish Weekend, Melbourne

Enjoy an adventure in a wonderland of spring flowers at the 2018 Tesselaar Tulip Festival held in Melbourne’s magical Dandenong Ranges from September 15 – October 14, 2018. Visitors will be grinning like Cheshire cats whilst they wander through the brilliant display of five acres of tulips. There is fun for all ages, including live entertainment, children’s activities, delicious local and international food and market stalls daily, all set to the stunning backdrop of a rainbow of 900,000 tulips in flower.

Come for the craic and enjoy all day entertainment during Irish weekend (5 – 7 October). There will be Irish pipers and dancers, Celtic arts, Irish coffee and beers and a few loveable Leprechauns!

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Sep
28
to Oct 1

22nd Boorowa Irish Woolfest 2018

Everyone’s heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona but much closer to home, in Boorowa, New South Wales you can enjoy the spectacle of the “Running of the Sheep”. Beautiful woolly Merino sheep are shepherded down the road by Farmer Ashley on his four wheel motorbike and his trusty Kelpies who leap on and off the motorbikes and on and off the sheep’s back.

A magical free country festival with a myriad of activities including wool and Irish, children’s fun, and a fine Boutique Market displaying food, wine and quality crafts.

The Running of the Sheep starts at 12noon on Sunday.

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Jun
8
to Jun 11

National Celtic Festival, Portarlington

  • Portarlington, VIC 3223 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This winter festival is regarded as Australia’s premier Celtic Festival and attracts over 15,000 people to the region over the three day long weekend event each June.

The Festival uses a range of venues within the town, including community halls and spaces, the hotel, restaurants, cafes and churches. Marquees are also set up on the foreshore to provide additional venues; these include the Village Stage, Celtic Club, Wine Bar, and Celtic Markets. 

The National Celtic Festival program offers a broad and diverse range of arts experiences that capture the Celtic culture in its many interpretations within the Australian setting.

The festival caters for all age groups and for a diversity of cultural and family groups. The festival has become an annual event for families and friends to gather, offering time to relax and experience the depth of Celtic culture through the festival’s cultural diverse arts program.

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

Koroit Irish Festival

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A three day community celebration of the historical Irish village of Koroit and its Celtic roots. Damien Leith will open the Festival on Friday and the weekend includes and Irish dance spectacular, live music on five indoor and outdoor stages, Australian Danny Boy Championship, spud picking and peeling championships, street procession, talent competition, kids area, market stalls, food court and bar, an Irish cook-off and more.

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Mar
30
to Mar 31

Tullamore Irish Festival, NSW

  • Tullamore, NSW 2874 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The annual Tullamore Irish Music Festival celebrates the entire range of all things Irish – that is, the Irish, the near-Irish, the stereotypically Irish and the not-really Irish.
 Celebrating the best of 2 great cultures. John Williamson will flying the Australian flag and flying the Irish flag is the Barley Shakes, Maria Ford and Blackwater Irish Band.

As well as great music the festival also Irish Food, Irish dancing and a shearing demonstration. The festival runs from Good Friday evening and all day easter Saturday. Tickets are $60 for the entire weekend and kids under 18 are free. Stay the weekend and camp under the amazing stars and get into the Irish Spirit.

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