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Our Guide to Family Events in Ireland This Month

It’s beginning to feel a lot like holiday time.

With May in full swing and the days getting warmer and longer, it’s high time we got out and experienced what this wonderful country has to offer for people of all ages.

Here are just some of the family-friendly events we’ll be keeping an eye on this month:
 

1. International Literature Festival Dublin

Venue: Dublin City Centre venues, including Hugh Lane Gallery
Date: May 20th – 29th
Cost: See website (below)
Contact: 01 969 5259
www.ilfdublin.com

The world of books is a special place for children, and it takes on a particular magic at this year’s International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin). Meet some of the biggest names from children’s literature with the likes of best-seller Ed Vere and Grumpy Frog and Twit Twoo School with Lydia Monks. Then there’s Katie Harnett reading her new story and showing kids how to make their own raincloud friend, and Olaf Falafel’s hilarious Giggles and Nursery Rhymes, not to mention the rollicking, action-packed Lemuel Gullver, Adventurer Extraordinaire at Smock Alley Theatre. Kids’ books have never been so exciting!

2. Children of Lir Festival

Venue: Belmullet, Erris, Co. Mayo
Date: May 26th-28th
Cost: Contact for details
Contact: +353 97 20977
errischamber@eircom.net
facebook.com

Belmullet’s annual Children of Lír festival celebrates the myth of Clann Lír, which originated in the area. Based on the tale of the children who were turned into swans by their disgruntled stepmother, the story is commemorated this year with a boat trip to the beautiful island of Inis Gluaire, where folklore suggests that the Children of Lír are buried. The kids can also enjoy films and arts and crafts workshops. Other events include trips to the cliffs of Benwee, Ballycroy National Park, and the Neolithic Céide Fields. 

3. Conamara Bog Week

Venue: Connemara, Co. Galway
Date: 28th May to 5th June
Cost: €0 to €15
Contact: +353 85 1154629
ceecc84@gmail.com
ceecc.org

Conamara Bog Week revives the traditional community spirit surrounding the age-old practice of saving turf—without any of the back-breaking work! Get active with the 5k run and Family Fun Day, or take a jaw-dropping guided walk in the Connemara National Park. Then there’s Poetry in the Park and music galore, from a concert in Kylemore Abbey to sessions featuring local talent including The Hernons and the Kane Sisters. 

4. The National Leprechaun Hunt 2017

Venue: Slieve Foy, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Date: May 21st
Cost: €6; Family (of 4) €20
Contact: +353 86 8732669
carlingfordie@gmail.com

nationalleprechaunhunt.com
Thought there was no such thing as leprechauns? Check out the Sliabh Foy Mountains this month and you might change your mind. According to legend, if you catch one of these creatures, they will grant you three wishes in return for their freedom. The important bit is you have to catch them first! The top prize at this year’s leprechaun hunt is €500, with the total prize fund adding up to a magical €2,000.

5. Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

Venue: New Ross, Co. Wexford
Admission: Free
Dates: May 20th – May 28th
Contact: +353 51 302037
ereade@wit.ie
The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival celebrates this wonderful planet we call home. All across the southeast of the country, you can participate in a range of events that will give you and your family a new love and respect for Earth. Learn all about our native trees and their legends at the JFK Arboretum, go sea foraging with Marie Power, and get together with the whole family on a guided walk. Build a giant mosaic on Annestown Beach with geologist and gemologist Tina Keating, and discover fascinating lore about Irish birds from author and guide Glynn Anderson.                             
 
Heading along to any of these events? Make sure to let us know in the comments!

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A separated mother of three, juggling self-employment, two teenage boys, a tween girl, a needy dog, and ever-expanding grey roots.

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