This weekend in Dublin and Galway

Loads of amazing things and mini festivals happening in both Dublin and Galway this weekend!

In Galway,  An Tóstal Festival is taking place in Salthill  on Sunday 26th May

2013 Highlights will include:

-Currach racing with teams from Donegal, the Aran Islands, Connemara, Clare, Limerick and Kerry, participating and competing in the All Ireland Currach Racing.
-Galway Hookers from the Claddagh in Galway City perform a parade of sail all along the shore of Salthill.
-Live bi-lingual commentary of the races to keep spectators up to date and entertained.
-Traditional Irish Dancing displays along with some of the very best of Connemara’s Sean Nós Dancers.
-Sandcastle competition for children on Ladies Beach.
-Barbecue on the Prom to keep the hunger away.

see glaway festivals with barnacles

In Dublin, music lovers can get their fix with two city festivals – Dublin city soul festival and Africa Day!

Founded in 2007, ‘Dublin City Soul Festival ~ a celebration of peace, unity & love‘ is Ireland’s feel-good festival, raising funds for the Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity.

  • Venue: Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2
  • When: Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th 2013
  • Time: 12pm – 6pm (park open from 9am)
  • Admission: FREE – Suggested Donation €5. or whatever you can afford
  • FREE Raffle Ticket with the first 4,000 donations of €5. or more

Line up is amazing and includes great Irish acts such as:


  • Halleluia Gospel Choir
  • Jason Clarke
  • Sal Vitro
  • The Eskies
  • Special Guests – to be revealed
  • Mary Stokes Band
  • Donna Dunne
  • The Barley Mob
  • Fox E & The Good Hands

  • Gardiner Street Gospel Choir
  • The Bionic Rats
  • Saint John The Gambler
  • Hozier
  • Carmen Browne
  • Rackhouse Pilfer
  • Miles Graham
  • The Blood Red Mountain Band
  • Soul Power v’s The Goods

Dublin city soul festival with Barnacles Hostels


Africa Day 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Africa Day and African unity. Events are happening throughout Ireland during the week 19th – 26th May 2013.

To celebrate Africa Day 2013, Irish Aid is hosting a flagship Africa Day family event ‘Africa Day Dublin’ on Sunday, 26th May 2013 in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from 11am – 5pm. This will be a family-focused event, and will be free of charge to attend.  Highlights will include:

  • An ‘African Bazaar’ with stalls from over 20 different African countries, offering food, drumming, dance, hair-braiding, henna hand-painting and lots more.
  • Main stage performances by Discovery Gospel Choir, Niwel Tsumbu, The Amazing Few, Stone&Jezreel, Madu and Gypsy Rebel Rabble.
  • A dedicated rap and hip-hop stage, featuring up-and-coming artists and showcasing emerging talent.
  • Public discussions on the achievements of the African Union over the past 50 years, and the changing relationship between Ireland and Africa.
  • The Africa Day book club public discussion

 Africa day Dublin with Barnacles Hostels