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Here's Some Of Ireland's Most Weird And Wonderful Festivals

Aoife Plunkett
Aoife Plunkett

4:55 PM - 12 Aug 2019



Add these to your bucket list.

We have a lot of options when it comes to festivals in Ireland.

From Electric Picnic to The Ploughing Championships, there's quite a variety out there!

However, sometimes we like to enjoy something a little more niche or off the beaten track.

Our search for Ireland's random festivals and events was inspired by this amazing video from the Castletown Donkey Derby in 1994.

It's so local and pure we had to dive into the unknown and unique events from around the country that we're missing out on.

Here's some of what we found.

Irish Bog Snorkelling Championship

Yes, this is really a thing.  The Bog Snorkelling Championship has taken place in Monaghan since 2009.

It's a great family day out with assault courses, facepainting, barbecue and more.

Of course, there's also the chance to be crowned fastest bog snorkeller.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival

This festival is outstanding in it's field.... Get it?

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival has just celebrated it's 10th year running and was just as fun as ever.

Scarecrows from all over Ireland arrive in the village, for a week of imagination, creativity, music and food

The community run event puts all proceeds into the improvement and development of Durrow.

Puck Fair

This well-known festival is quite unconventional when you actually think about it.

It's centered around the crowning of a "goat king," who then oversees all the festivities of the weekend.

Killorgin, Co. Kerry, is taken over by artists, traders, buskers, a craft fair, pet shows, theatre, music sessions, and a funfair.

Trim Haymaking Festival

Some of the events at this are hilarious!

This festival aims to promote the cultural history of rural Ireland and Irish heritage.

The day includes music, dancing and lots of random competitions like the Roll In The Hay obstacle course.

Obviously, there's actual traditional (by hand) haymaking too.

National Leprechaun Hunt

This one is definitely a hit with tourists.

Carlingford is a sacred place for Leprechauns after remains were found on Foy Mountain in 1989 and the European Habitats Directive gave them protection in 2009.

In May each year 1000 pots of gold are left around the town, filled with vouchers for local businesses and one with a €1200 bar of gold in it.

People flock to Co. Louth to celebrate the Irish creatures and take part in the treasure hunt.

Woollinn - Ireland's Festival Of Yarn

A festival for knitting, how lovely!

Three ladies behind a Dublin yarn shop created this festival off of feedback from customers.

The first ever event took place in May 2018 and was a huge success.

It's a celebration for the crafting community and includes workshops, talks and more.

Further a field, in Finland to be exact, they've their very own knitting festival.

However, this one has quite a difference.

Knitters dance to heavy metal music at the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship.

Bands such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9 Inch Needles were seen taking part this year.



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