Father's Day Present Ideas – Give the gift of memories

Father's Day Present Ideas – Give the gift of memories

With Father’s Day fast approaching we thought we’d suggest a few special Father’s Day present ideas for the main man in your life.  Instead of the usual pair of socks, or a star wars mug, give your Dad the gift of an experience.  Here’s some ideas for days out that you can enjoy together.  Or send him off on his own with a flask and sandwiches.  Either way, I’m sure he’ll be thrilled with the promise of an unforgettable day and the gift of your time.

For the agricultural Dad’s

The Oldcastle Agricultural Show takes place on Sunday the 16th of July 2017 in Oldcastle, Co Meath. Sheep, Cattle, Horses, Poultry, Dogs – If you find it on the farm you’ll find it here.  A fabulous day out for the whole family.  Maybe enter your Dad in the tug-o-war?  Or be amazed by the shearing prowess of the legendary ‘Joe Sheerin’.  Entry is €10 for adults, €5 for OAP’s and children are free.  Print off the page from the website, pop it in with a card, and sit back and enjoy the praise

For Dad’s that like Horses for Courses’

Carrowniskey Races

Carrowniskey Strand near Louisburgh in Co. Mayo will be a mecca for lovers of horse racing.  On 25th June horse and pony racing take place on the beach.  There will be bookies in place if your Dad likes a flutter.   Entry is €10 for adults and children are free.  Maybe add a few bob to the envelope for a bet and you’ve just organised the best Father’s Day present ever!

For the Fathers who fish

The Ballina Salmon Festival is one of the highlights of the summer  in the West of Ireland. From the 9th-16th of July this lovely town on the banks of the River Moy will be alive a jam packed programme of events.  What Dad wouldn’t enjoy fishing competitions or raft races? Also, lots of the events are free. So this is a Father’s Day present that won’t cost anything at all. But shh – Dad doesn’t need to know!

For the petrol head Dad’s

The 26th Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show takes place in Dublin, on Sunday July 2nd 2017.  Your Father will LOVE the incredible selection of classic cars on display. Entry is €15 for adults, €10 for OAP’s and children under 12 are €5.  Tickets can be bought at the gate or online. Therefore, you  can be super organised while supporting a fantastic charity (Help Emma Beat It) at the same time.  So this will be a Father’s Day present that keeps on giving.

For the cultured Daddys


Carrick Water  Music Festival

Carrick Water Music Festival will take place Wednesday 12th – Sunday 16th July 2017, bringing 5 days of musical and artistic discovery to Carrick-on-Shannon.  There is a free music trail,  Paddleboarding, Art Exhibitions and lots more. Furthermore, many events are free.  You will definitely score some Brownie Points by bringing him to Lovely Leitrim for this one.

There is also a wonderful programme of events happening in Dundalk on 23rd and 24th June.  Tickets to Silenzio 17: Traditional Italian Songs Of Work, War And Love are sure to impress.  And the best news – They’re Free!

For the Festival loving Fathers


Ballymaloe Malt and Music Weekend

The Malt & Music Weekend in East Cork will showcase some of the best Irish bands at work today, both established and emerging. Beer aficionados can savour a selection from the many impressive artisan brewers.  And naturally, this being Ballymaloe, expect lots of delicious food. Music, beer, food – I think we have just found the ultimate Father’s Day gift!

For the traditional Fathers

If you feel the day wouldn’t be complete without a once-off, hand-crafted Father’s Day present help is at hand.  Garristown Library have a workshop on Wednesday 14th June  and Thursday 15th June to assist production of same.  Places are limited though, so make sure you book!

A Father’s Day Present for Everyone

Finally, there’s are lots of fantastic events happening all around the country this Summer. Therefore, if none of the above will work for your Dad, fear not!  You will find lots of inspiration here.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads and Granddads out there.

 Thanks for all the lifts, advice and shoulders to lean on.  We’d be lost without you!
All information correct at time of publishing.  Always check with event organiser before you travel.