Percy French Summer School. In mid-July, one of Ireland's best-loved songwriters, Percy French, is celebrated in Roscommon town and at Castlecoote House with a summer school, complete with concerts and lectures. French was born at Cloonyquinn House near Elphin; his best-known songs include "Are Ye Right There Michael?" and "Phil the Fluther's Ball." Elphin, Co. Roscommon. www.percyfrench.ie.


Castle Palooza Festival. Music dominates at this festival, held at Charleville Castle in Tullamore over the August bank-holiday weekend. www.castlepalooza.com.

Terryglass Arts Festival. This event in North Tipperary on the shores of Lough Derg presents music, dance, and street theater for five days in the third week of August. Terryglass, Co. Tipperary. www.terryglassartsfestival.ie.

Tullamore Show. Ireland's biggest agricultural gathering attracts 60,000 annually in early August to the Butterfield estate near Blueball on the road to Birr. An international visitor center caters to the huge crowds of overseas visitors who flock to see the largest assembly of cattle anywhere in Ireland competing in 1,000 classes for 42 national titles. Tullamore, Co. Offaly. www.tullamoreshow.com.


Pumpkin Festival. You'll see some of Europe's largest pumpkins at this annual festival in Co. Cavan's Virginia, held on the October holiday weekend. Virginia, Co. Cavan. www.virginia.ie.

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