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August 2005

Galway Jazz Festival (5 - 7 August)

This exciting festival, which takes place from 5th ? 7th August will be the first Jazz Festival to take place in Galway, and is sure to be a huge success, with big jazz names including Honor Heffernan, Jamie Oehlers, Mike Nielsen, The Organics and Justin Carroll all set to perform rousing concerts throughout the weekend. This new event on the Galway festival calendar has something for everyone, packed to the brim with workshops and concerts suited to all levels and tastes.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (26 August - 2 October)

The MatchMaking Festival starts on Friday August 26th and finishes on Sunday October 2nd 2005. It is mainly concentrated at the weekends but there is also music and dancing during the week. For more details click here!

Roundstone Summerfest (11 - 14 August)

Summerfest is a festival of fun and games for the young and the young-at-heart, which also doubles as a four day charity fundraiser for The Lifeboats Service (RNLI). A weekend where people can come and sample the beauty of the village of Roundstone and the warmth and friendliness of its inhabitants. Be it your 1st or indeed 101st visit, you can be sure you'll enjoy yourself in the relaxed surroundings and make many new friends. For more details click here!

Rose Of Tralee Festival (20 - 24 August)

A five day international family festival, with carnivals, street parades, fireworks and free outdoor concerts. The selection of the rose of Tralee is broadcast live on national TV over two nights. There are many gala events including a fashion show, receptions, the international rose ball, the rose selection nights and more! For more details click here!

Connemara Pony Show (18th of August)

The largest display of the finest Connemara Ponies in the world takes place in Clifden, Connemara, Ireland, on the third Thursday of August every year. The Show has been organized by the Connemara Pony Breeders Society since 1924 and over 400 ponies travel from all over the country to take part in this unique event. Click here for more details!

Galway Summer Rally (29th of August)

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Cruinniú na mBád Boat Festival (Date to be confirmed.)

The first Cruinniú na mBád, held in 1979, brings us back to the time, when the majestic Galway Hookers, used to sail to Kinvara from Connemara laden down with turf. Before the introduction of gas and electricity, turf was the main fuel used for cooking and heating, of which there was a scarce supply around Kinvara, but plentiful in Connemara, and thus this trade became established. The original concept of Cruinniú na mBád, by Tony Moylan, means that we can now celebrate these beautiful boats and the people who worked so hard to keep this tradition alive. The festival is based at Kinvara, Co. Galway.

Earwig! Arts Festival (19 - 29 August)

The Earwig Arts Festival focuses on showcasing the wealth of creative talent of artists and performers in the Tuam and Western Ireland region through the medium of theatre, music, exhibitions and performances. Development of local talent and creative skills is a central theme to the festival with organised workshops in activities such as mime, puppetry, percussion, dance and writing. Contact: Midie Corcoran, Tel 086 8116756.