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# Festival

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# Schools Rugby
Bowe behind new schools festival inspired by South Africa's Craven Week
The former Ulster and Ireland wing has partnered up with Louis Ludik for ‘Rugby Rising.’
# Vietnam
Seven die and five in coma after taking drugs at music festival in Hanoi
The victims tested positive for an unspecified drug.
'Festival waste? It's not new - we're a disposable nation and we need to change our attitude'
Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne knows all about trying to keep festival sites clean – and says we need to stop seeing tents as disposable, and look at what we can do to clean up after ourselves.
# Snaps
In pictures: Thousands enjoy first two days of Electric Picnic in Stradbally
This year’s headline acts include Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack, and The Prodigy.
# Electric Picnic
Heading to Electric Picnic? Here's everything you need to know
More than 50,000 people are set to descend upon Stradbally in Laois for the biggest event of the Irish festival calendar.
# Wrap
Clincial Connacht claim clean sweep of Clubs inter-pro championship
It was an emphatic win for Connacht against Ulster.
# future stars
Murray and Stander among speakers at Irish rugby's first U18 inter-pro festival
The IRFU’s Eoin Hogan explains what has been involved in the inaugural festival at UL.
# u18s
Connacht move into control of Clubs inter-pros with commanding win over Munster
Meanwhile, Leinster had a big win against Ulster at the U18s festival in UL.
# future stars
Ulster strike late to beat Munster as Leinster Schools excite in UL
All the action from the first game day in the Schools inter-pros at UL.
# sustainability
Steel cups and banning plastic cutlery: How music festivals are trying to combat waste
Litter is a big problem at many festivals.
# future stars
New U18 inter-provincial festival set to showcase exciting Irish talent
The IRFU has brought in a new format to expose young players to a professional environment.
# vigo
300 injured after promenade collapses at Spanish music festival
The audience were watching a rap artist when the promenade caved in.
# catherine mcgrath
Ireland's answer to Taylor Swift just released her first album, and Elton John is a huge fan
Meet Down’s newest musical export.
# Building Bridges
Leo Varadkar becomes first Taoiseach to visit Orange Order HQ in Belfast
Speaking about the UK government’s Brexit paper Varadkar said his initial view is that ‘it is a step in the right direction’.
# musictown
Dublin is to turn into Musictown this month - here are the highlights
We’ve taken a look at the line-up.
# cuirt literary festival
Galway City to turn into literary hub this April
We take a look at what’s on offer.
# mountains to sea
Writers to descend on Dun Laoghaire for a literary festival with bite
This year’s Mountains to Sea festival sees authors with strong takes on contemporary issues visiting Dun Laoghaire.
# nice to be nice
In Limerick this week, it will be all about showing kindness to your fellow man
The city’s annual Pay It Forward festival kicked off yesterday.
# Drug use
Pill testing kits, chill-out rooms and free water: How to reduce harm from taking drugs in nightclubs
A new European guide on responding to drug problems was released today.
# new year's festival
Dublin New Year's Eve Festival: Aerial acrobats, a live concert and the Spire beaming into space
The details of the festival were announced this morning.
# Roll with it
Liam Gallagher gig at Kildare airport gets go-ahead over objections of residents
Liam Gallagher is set to headline the Samhain festival at Kildare’s Weston Airport at the end of the month.
# bestival
Woman found dead at Bestival is daughter of Coronation Street actor John Michie
A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
# Nevada
Man dies after running into Burning Man festival flames
More than 70,000 people are attending the art and music celebration in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
# Stradbally
PHOTOS: Tens of thousands flock to Laois for Electric Picnic
Tickets for the festival sold out within minutes back in March.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you left your tent behind after a festival?
If you’re camping at Electric Picnic this weekend, are you planning on bringing your tent back with you?
# electric feel
Wellies? Check. Tickets? Check. But should I bring shorts? All you need to know about Electric Picnic
How to get there, some of our recommendations, and what kind of weather you should prepare for…
# Religious Festival
Three days of mourning in Madeira after falling tree kills 13 people
Dozens more were injured, some seriously.
# Festival
Every mistake you make when attending a festival
Every. Time.
# Fermanagh
Controversial cockfight plans were a publicity stunt that got out of hand
The PSNI met with a man after people called for a boycott of a festival he’s organising.
# Festivals
A cappella and piano maestros: July in Dublin is going to be amazing for music
We speak to the organisers of two music festivals.
# yulin
'We always manage to have enough dogs': Notorious dog meat festival gets underway in China
There were initial reports that the festival was going to be shut down.
# body and soul
Leave your tent behind at festivals? Here's why you shouldn't
They usually end up in landfills, and are very difficult to recycle or incinerate.
# Rock am Ring
German rock festival resumes after 'terrorist threat' proves false
The event was evacuated yesterday.
# dylan man
That iconic photo of Michael D at Slane has been turned into a class illustration
With a variety of coloured shirts too.
'I think people understanding that they aren't alone in their torment has a healing element to it'
Canadian poet Shane Koyczan speaks to about art, healing, and his latest work.
# fyre festival
A Ja Rule-organised festival promised music and models on the beach, instead it turned into chaos
Tickets for the festival cost up to $12,000 with VIP packages rising to $250,000.
# Germany
Love Parade organisers to face trial over stampede deaths
A stampede at the music festival killed 21 people and injured over 650 others.
# ewe bet
Roscommon locals crowdfund to get life-size sheep sculpture ready in time for festival
Designed by local sculptor Mark Feeley, the sculpture will be unveiled at the Roscommon Lamb Festival.
# heritage walks
Ireland's pilgrim paths: 'They're the great leveller - you could be Bill Gates or unemployed'
This Easter, National Pilgrim Paths Week will take place.
# cruinniú na cásca
A new cultural festival will reach every county in Ireland this Easter Monday
Organised by RTÉ and Creative Ireland, the Taoiseach gave a speech at the launch of Cruinniú na Cásca.