Shake off the winter blues with a great January festival

Expect things to get fiery at this year’s Chinese New Year Festival in Dublin, which celebrates the Year of the Dragon from the 20th January to the 3rd February. As well as the eye-popping extravaganza that is the carnival, there's also a lecture series, crafts workshops, films, Chinese opera and a whole host of other events that celebrate the vibrant Sino-Irish melting pot that is Dublin. Unleash your inner dragon and immerse yourself into the Chinese Irish community in a way fitting for the year ahead.

Get ready for some toe tapping fun at Dublin’s biggest festival of Irish music and culture, the Temple Bar TradFest which will be back from January 25-29th! The festival will include headline concerts in Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin City Hall, as well as over 200 free events, music trail, gigs for kids, a rural Irish village in the city and much more.

From Achy Breaky Hearts to Friends in low places Ireland’s best loved Country and Western Festival takes place in Ardara Co. Donegal from the 27th-29th January. Dance away to the melodies of Ireland’s top country bands who travel from around the country to perform. There will be country music in all the pubs and Jiving & Line Dancing workshopin this friendly and scenic town.

There is no better way to escape the stress and pressure of every day life than a brisk walk in the fresh Irish countryside, so why not get on your boots and walk off the Christmas excess at The Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival in Co. Tipperary from the 27th – 29th January. Walkers of all levels can look forward to choosing from five graded walks on the Galtees and Slievenamuck Hills.

For more festival information log onto discoverireland.ie/whatson


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