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  • Book a road trip to explore Ireland's summer festivals

    2012-06-24

    Student travelers throughout the country are starting to plan their summer getaways as school comes to a close for the year. The season is ideal for friends to pool their resources together and hit the road for a fantastic road trip. One great place to venture to when hoping to see an array of interesting sites is Ireland, as it boasts beautiful scenery, delicious cuisine and plenty of entertainment options for young people. This summer, student travel enthusiasts can check out the exciting festivals happening throughout the country that give visitors a look into the rich culture and traditions of this vibrant locale.

    Young people on their summer road trip can begin in the town of Cork, located southwest of Dublin. This June, the area will be hosting its annual Cork Midsummer Festival for 10 days of art, theater, music and more. It's been a tradition in the town for years to welcome guests during this event to see some of the most talented acts from around the world. For instance, travelers could attend Rooftop, which is an interactive show that takes guests to the balconies and gardens overlooking the city as harp player Stefan Kaegi shares his music. What's most interesting about Kaegi is that he is blind and hopes to have the audience explore their senses as he does every day.

    Next, travelers can head to Galway for the city's arts festival, which is held in July. Along the same lines at the Cork event, this two-week occasion is put on mostly by local college students who have a passion for visual and performing arts that they hope to express to crowds of thousands that gather for the festivities. Travelers can check out events like the massive concert featuring The Kanyu Tree, Bressie and The Coronas for some indie rock and roll.

    Toward the end of the summer in August, young people can conclude their tour of western Ireland at the Puck Fair in the town of Killorglin. One of the country's oldest festivals, its origins can be traced back to a fair sanctioned by King James I in the early 1600s. Young travelers can get a tasty pint of beer at one of the local pubs and venture to the musical performances, traditional dances or the drum workshops taking place in the streets.

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