The festive season is well and truly over and tens of thousands of people all over the country trudged their way back into their  workplaces last week to begin a brand new working year.

While Christmas may be a distant memory we do have an exciting new year to look forward to and 2016 has no shortage of events to keep the whole family entertained.

Here is of rundown of some of the most popular events to mark down in your diary this year.

 

 

 

Dublin International Film Festival Dublin international film festival

Ireland’s premier film festival has been running since 2003 and runs for 11 days towards the end of February. The festival showcases a wide variety of international and Irish made films in various venues across the capital including the Savoy, Irish Film Institute and The Light House Cinema in Smithfield.

Over the years some the festival has attracted guests such as Hollywood A-listers Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Danny Devito and Glenn Close.  That’s not to mention own homegrown talents have also attended the festival over the years such as, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy & Daniel Day Lewis. More information about the festival can be found here.

 

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6 Nations Rugby

One of the most anticipated Irish sporting events of the year is the RBS 6 Nations Championship which occurs annually from February to March.

Last year saw Ireland claim their third 6 Nations title since 2000 with a dramatic final day victory over Scotland in Edinburgh. Whilst the title looked set to be heading England’s way at certain stages,  their margin of victory over France in Twickenham just wasn’t enough and they fell short of the top spot by just 7 points.

This year sees Ireland play host to Wales, Italy & Scotland in the Aviva Stadium. Joe Schmidt’s charges also face tough trips away to The Stade de France & Twickenham in their quest for back-to-back championships. More information about tickets & fixtures can be found here.

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St Patrick’s Festivities

St Patrick’s Day otherwise known as The Feast Of St Patrick occurs on the 17th of March each year to celebrate the feast day and traditional date of death of the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick.

While quintessentially Irish, St Patrick’s Day is also one of the most celebrated events around the world with parades held in major cities such as London, Boston, New York, Toronto & Sydney to name but a few.

However there’s no better place in the world to celebrate the birth of our patron saint than the Emerald Isle. Cities, towns & villages all over Ireland will be holding their own festivities in the form of parades, street parties & traditional celebrations to mark our national day. Dublin’s St Patrick’s festival will kick off on St Patrick’s day and will run through the weekend to the 20th of March.

The festival programme will feature the main parade and a large number of smaller events around the city including family carnivals, comedy shows & funfairs and is expected to attract a staggering 1 million people over the entire weekend. There will also be smaller parades held in Cork, Galway & Limerick and other parts of the country.

 

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1916 Easter Rising 100th Year Commemoration

This year marks a century since the events of the Easter 1916 rising against British crown forces with the ultimate goal of achieving Irish independence. The rising started on Easter Monday and lasted until the Saturday with many of the rebel leaders captured and executed for treason by the British forces.

Whilst the rebellion was put down by the British, it did contribute greatly towards turning the tide of support of the general Irish population in favour of independence and was the precursor to the start of the war of independence.

To commemorate the event and to remember those who fought and died for the freedom of the nation there will be a large number of events held in Dublin by the Irish Government, Dublin City Council and other bodies with the main parade to take place on Easter Sunday from Dublin Castle to the GPO and onto Parnell Sq. You can find out more about the Government’s commemoration programme here.  

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Irish Open

This is the Irish leg of the European golf tour and one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Irish sporting calendar. First held in 1927, The Irish Open has been generally held in an alternate venue each year and has seen such illustrious winners as Padraig Harrington, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie & Bernhard Langer.

This years event will take place at the K Club and will run from May 19th-22nd and organizers will be looking to replicate the success of last years tournament at Royal Down which attracted some 100,000 spectators over the course of the weekend. You can find details about the tournament here.

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Cork Jazz Festival

The Cork Jazz Festival is one of the most popular music events in Ireland & attracts over 40,000 visitors each year from all over Ireland & worldwide. The festival – which made its debut in 1978 – was founded by a man named Jim Mountjoy who was the marketing manager of the Metropole hotel in the City.

Mr Mountjoy was looking for an inventive idea to fill his hotel and came up with the idea of holding a Jazz festival to coincide with that years upcoming October Bank Holiday weekend. The festival really took off from its initial year and has attracted some one million jazz lovers to Cork over its history and has attracted such internationally renowned performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Alison Moyet and Dave Brubeck. More festival information is available here.

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