Ballinrobe Races (4 May - 28 August)
Ballinrobe has a very old tradition of racing in various forms with meetings recorded in 1774 and steeplechases included in the 1834 meeting. The present course was purchased in 1921. Possessing a slightly elevated track, Ballinrobe boasts an exceptional view of the whole course. General facilities updated in 1998. Contact: Mr John Flannelly, Manager, Ballinrobe Race Committee, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. Tel: 00 353 92 41811, 00 353 87 289 5974.
Galway Early Music Festival (18 - 21 May)
Based in the medieval City of Galway, the Galway Early Music Festival features medieval, renaissance and baroque music and dance. Concerts by internationally-recognised performers using historical instruments, workshops and costumed street performance, coupled with the West of Ireland's unique welcome and warmth, make this the place to be in May for a taste of medieval, renaissance and baroque magic! Click here for more details
Walking the Ancient Celtic Way (21 - 28 May)
Celtic heritage: holy places, ancient rituals, old myths and legends, early celtic church etc. with recognized scholars on Celtic heritage. Click here for more details
Fleadh Nua Ennis (21 - 29 May)
A seven day festival of colourful traditional entertainment which includes street and pub sessions, Céilí's and concerts, fleadh club, music and singing, workshops, set dancing workshops, story telling, exhibitions and lectures, scoraíochta and plearacha competition, cultural parade, national dancing championships and more. Click here for more details