The Southeast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Southeast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Brú Ború Cultural Centre

    Enjoy folk singing, storytelling, trad music, and dancing at the Brú Ború Centre at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. The center also has the Sounds of History audiovisual exhibition open all day and regular arts and music events throughout the year.

    Rocklane, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Co. Tippeary, Ireland
  • 2. Carlow Arts Festival

    The Carlow Arts Festival is a five-day celebration of visual arts held every June.

    Co. Carlow, Ireland
  • 3. Coláiste na Rinne

    A few miles outside Dungarvan, you can sit/join in on a ceilí (traditional Irish dance), held most nights in summer at Coláiste na Rinne, the school in this Irish-speaking community known for its strong tradition in Irish language, heritage, and culture.

    Ring, Co. Waterford, Ireland
  • 4. Garter Lane Arts Centre

    Culture buffs shouldn't miss the Garter Lane Arts Centre, which has a schedule filled with concerts, exhibits, and theater productions.

    22A O'Connell St., Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland
  • 5. Kilkenny Arts Festival

    Every August, Kilkenny becomes the focus for Ireland's culture vultures when the Kilkenny Arts Festival takes over the city for about two weeks. Street theater, elaborate parades, and even a rock concert set the mood.

    Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
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  • 6. Spraoi

    Every August, the Spraoi street arts festival presents an exuberant display of music, theater, and other entertainment in Waterford City. You'll find it around the city's extensive pedestrian areas.

    Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland
  • 7. Theatre Royal Waterford

    One of the oldest theaters in Ireland, the elegant Theatre Royal is devoted to large-scale productions and musicals, as well as live music.

    The Mall, Waterford, Co. Waterford, Ireland
  • 8. Watergate Theatre

    With a roster of operas, plays, concerts, and comedy shows, the Watergate hosts affordable local, national, and international productions.

    Parliament St., Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
  • 9. West Waterford Festival of Food


    With the Southeast gaining a reputation as a hotbed of inventive Irish cuisine, this foodies festival has rapidly grown into one of the best in the country. Local and international chefs, bakers, picklers, brewers, and a host of other food artists take over the bustling seaside town of Dungarvan for four days in April.

    Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland
  • 10. Wexford Fringe Festival

    Running alongside the opera festival from late October to early November, the chaotic and theatrical Wexford Fringe Festival is an eclectic mix of theater, literature, music, dance, and street events.

    Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland
  • 11. Wexford Opera Festival


    From mid-September until the final curtain comes down, Wexford becomes home to a colorful cast of international singers, designers, and musicians, as the town prepares for the annual staging of three grand opera productions at the brand new Wexford Opera House. The festival runs from late October to early November, and has a huge international cachet. The actual productions are expensive, full-dress affairs. The selection of operas runs toward the recherché, and the choice is usually the envy of opera maestros around the world. Prices are around €30–€140 a ticket, but the extensive fringe events and concerts are usually around €20, and sometimes far more fun. The best thing about the festival for non–opera buffs, though, is the excitement in the air: art exhibitions, street music, parades, and window-dressing contests are held every year, and local bars compete in a Singing Pubs competition. The bad news: nearly every single bed within a large radius of Wexford is booked during the festival weeks, and usually for months before the actual event kicks off.

    Wexford Opera House, High St., Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
  • 12. Wexford Opera Festival

    From late October to early November, the two-week-long Wexford Opera Festival is the biggest social and artistic event in the entire Southeast. From mid-September until the final curtain comes down, Wexford becomes home to a colorful cast of international singers, designers, and musicians as they prepare for the annual staging of three grand operas at the Wexford Opera House. Along with an ever-expanding offering of more populist fare performed in small venues and pubs, the festival supplies a feast of concerts and recitals that start at 11 am and continue until midnight. The bad news: nearly every single bed within miles is booked during the festival, and usually months ahead of time.

    Wexford, Co. Wexford, Ireland

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