Donegal International Rally
The only three-day tarmac rally in Ireland, the Donegal International Rally (16–18 June) boasts 300km of lightning fast, twisting, narrow roads through gorgeous scenery.
Beginning and ending in the lively town of Letterkenny, the route follows coast roads, passing lush farmlands and skirting open bog landscapes. Broken into several challenging stages, the rally is one of the toughest routes for drivers and teams and is among the most popular in Europe.
More than 70,000 spectators will flock to County Donegal to enjoy the races and the event also attracts drivers from around the world.
Taking place 23–28 July, SuperCup NI is one of the biggest international youth football tournaments in the world. The renowned event sees teams from the island of Ireland and around the world line up to have a crack at six competition titles, which include two female categories.
You’ll get the chance to watch some of the world’s most talented young players in action, knowing that some of them are destined for top clubs. Previous years have seen teams such as Manchester United, Valencia, Arsenal, Rangers, Leeds United, Celtic and Right to Dream from Ghana take part.
The competition takes place in one of Northern Ireland’s tourist hot spots, the stunning Causeway Coast, location of Northern Ireland’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway and famously the backdrop for Game of Thrones.
Galway Races Summer Festival
An unmissable event in the Irish equestrian calendar, the Galway Races Summer Festival (31 July – 6 August) is an action-packed week of racing, live entertainment and stunning style.
Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the hugely popular event boasts superb competition and an electric atmosphere that draws people from all over the world.
Notable races include the historic Tote Galway Plate Day on Day 3, which is a great example of top-class national hunt racing. Days 4 and 5 combine hurdle racing with the Ladies Day fashion extravaganza and the Friday’s Most Stylish event.
The festival rounds off the entertainment on Sunday 6 August with the Mad Hatter’s Family Fun Day, bringing to an end one of the island’s most popular sporting events.