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Top 5 for August

parkbytext's pick of the top five events happening around the country this August
The Rose of Tralee
17 - 23 August 2016
Venue: Tralee, Co. Kerry
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals, celebrating 57 years in 2016.  The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to Co. Kerry for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also incorporates seven days of street carnival in addition to the Rose of Tralee TV show broadcast live on RTE and RTE.ie from the Festival Dome. Other attractions include family and children's entertainment, a fashion show, live music and concerts, fireworks, workshops, markets, circus, funfair, air display and Rose parades.

All Ireland Hurling Final
14th August 2016 15.30 - 18.30
Venue: Croke Park Stadium
If you have ever watched or played a game of hurling, you’ll know not only how physically demanding it is, but also how rough and fast the sport can intensify to. Catch the oldest game in the world's action-packed All-Ireland Semi-Finals this August. Played with a hurley and sliotar, not only is hurling said to be the world's oldest game but it's also one of the fastest field sports on the planet.

Billy Elliot
August- September 2016
Venue: Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Celebrating ten extraordinary years in on London’s West End, one of today’s most beloved musical theatre shows, Billy Elliot, comes to Ireland for the first time, July 2016. Set in a small English mining town against a backdrop of the infamous 1984/’85 miners’ strike, the inspirational story of Billy Elliot depicts a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dreams come true. 

Kilkenny Arts Festival
05 - 14 August 2016
Venue: Various locations around Kilkenny City
Kilkenny Arts Festival was originally founded in 1974 by a group of classical music enthusiasts. In recent years, the festival has broadened its programme to include theatre & dance, classical music, street, literature and visual art and craft. Every year, for 10 days in August, Kilkenny comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment for all. The city's oldest and largest non-profit festival now draws more than 50,000 visitors annually who come and partake in all that Kilkenny has to offer. This is one not to miss out on for any and all lovers of the arts!

August 2016
Venue: Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street
Based on the movie sensation of the same name, filmed and set in Dublin, Once features music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, including the Oscar winning Falling Slowly, and a Tony award-winning book by Enda Walsh.
Once is about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us. This funny, moving and life-affirming love story with glorious music has captured hearts around the world. Seeing it where it all began, at home in Dublin, is incredibly special.


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