5 Unmissable Irish Events in September
21 August 2023 By Leah Fairman
It’s been a busy Irish summer with lots going on, and one thing’s for sure – it ain’t over yet! Even if you’re running low on annual leave days, you can still organise an extended getaway around some of the brilliant festivals and events taking place around the country in the coming weeks. Simply book yourself a desk at a local hub using our interactive planner – there are hundreds to choose from all over Ireland, with a host of great facilities on offer.
Working from a hub close to your event means you can extend your stay, and you don’t have to make a long drive home to be at your desk at 9am the next morning! With that in mind, here are just some of the best Irish events happening in September, as well as their closest hubs...
[Electric Picnic, from Ireland’s Content Pool]
Electric Picnic, Sep 1-3
It wouldn’t be an Irish ‘what’s on’ guide without a nod to the big one – Electric Picnic! Taking place in Stradbally, Co. Laois from September 1 – 3, this year’s event will see headliners Billie Eilish, Fred Again and The Killers take to the stage. If you’re lucky enough to have nabbed a tic (but need to get some work done either end), why not book yourself into a nearby hub and save yourself the journey? These three have come together with a special offer of €10 per day for those attending the festival:
[Lisdoonvarna, credit: Clare Co Council from Ireland’s Content Pool]
It’s hard to say the word without Christy Moore’s dulcet tones coming to mind, but the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival takes over the Clare town over the whole month of September! Dating back an incredible 165 years, Ireland’s only traditional matchmaker (yes, you read that right) Willie Daly will work his magic for those looking for love, while there’ll be music and dancing aplenty in the town’s many pubs and bars. Lisdoonvarna is also located along the gorgeous Wild Atlantic Way, so it can act as a gateway for your adventure along this stunning stretch of coast.
Nearby Hub: DigiClare - Ennistymon
[Ploughing Championships, copyright NPA]
Next, to Europe’s largest outdoor event; the National Ploughing Championships, from September 19 – 21. Taking place in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, this massive agricultural celebration was born of an argument in 1931 between two friends over whose county had the best ploughmen! As well as the ploughing contest itself, you can expect a host of exhibitors, music, food, lamb-shearing and craft demonstrations.
Nearby Hub: Webmill
[Zona Franca, copyright Renato Mangolin from Dublin Theatre Festival]
Dublin Theatre Festival, Sep 28 – Oct 15
In the capital, the highly anticipated Dublin Theatre Festival returns for just over two weeks at the end of September. Taking place across a selection of iconic venues including The Gate, The Abbey and Smock Alley, punters can expect an eclectic and exciting programme of events this year. Travelling from another county? Why not make a long weekend of your trip to Dublin, using one of the city’s many hubs to check in with work.
Nearby Hub: The Buckley Co-Working
[Dingle Food Festival)
Dingle Food Festival, Sep 29 – Oct 1
Foodies meanwhile won’t want to miss the Dingle Food Festival, taking place at the end of September in the iconic Kerry town. Expect cooking demonstrations, workshops, markets, wine tastings and kids’ events, all taking place in the enchanting setting of the Dingle Peninsula. Want to make a week of it? No sweat; there are plenty of hubs in the Kingdom!
Nearby Hub: Dingle Hub
Those are just some of the fantastic events set to take place over September. No matter what your plans are in the coming weeks, be sure to check out our live map to discover your closest hub!