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Updates on 50th Anniversary of the CT Irish Festival

The 50th Anniversary of the CT Irish Festival: Two days packed of fun, music, cultural activities and sports from June 23rd-24th

At the 50th Anniversary of the CT Irish Festival, there will be three music venues on both days. We are honored this year to have the FDNY and the NYPD play a Gaelic Football demonstration at 6PM on Saturday June 23rd.

Also on Saturday we will be hosting two tug of war competitions one is the Battle of the Bravest and the other is a Battle of the Irish Bars. The Battle of the Bravest will be made of entries from area paid fire department teams. The entry fees will be donated to the Leary Firefighter Foundation for further details contact Seamus Bohan at seamusbo@hotmail.com 203.996.6748.

The Battle of the Irish Pubs entry will benefit a charity to be determined. Will your favorite local pub have a team and bragging rights for a year? Call Seamus for further details.

For children we will have small carnival rides, an Irish magician performing two shows each day, and complimentary, professional face painting. Celebrating Irish agricultural roots we will have alpacas on display/ petting and alpaca wool spinning demonstrations. The alpacas were a big hit last year. Both days we will also feature sheep herding demonstrations. In Ireland alpacas have become more popular, since they can protect sheep and have less of an impact on the environment.

On Sunday we have the Feis or Irish dancing competitions. This cultural activity is something great to watch if you never have seen Irish dancing. Many students of Irish dance take part in this since members of their family may have been involved.

There is also Irish bread baking competition on Sunday, Irish Language, singing, and fiddle playing competitions. There are also vendor areas where you can purchase Irish goods, clothing, jewelry, and music cds just to name a few of the many items available. If you wanted a claddagh ring or Irish sweater, here is your chance. The vendors are set up for both days.

If you would like to see entertainment schedules, they are available at www.ctirishfestival.com. You can also follow us by "liking" us on our Facebook page.

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North Havener May 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Martini, no harm was intended by my comment. The CT Irish Festival is a great event and it brought to mind that here in North Haven we have an Irish Festival in June and the Italian Festival in late summer that add to CT festivities. I just felt it was an opportunity for me to share my International Food Festival idea with the public as that includes everyone from every culture. It's a pending issue so we'll see what happens. I'm sorry you felt offended by me sharing my idea. You need to lighten up and not critisize so much. You are the perfect example of why different cultures can't seem to get along. I try to bring more people together to have some fun and you knock it. There's no reason why my idea couldn't be as much of a fundraising event as the CT Irish Festival is helping charities, so why do people beat me up over it is one thing I'll never understand. It makes me wonder why some complainers even want to be part of such events when they seem so bitter towards everyone.
North Havener May 04, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I try to remove comments with some difficulty
Kerry Martens May 04, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Pam, The Screaming Orphans will be back and will play both days. The Mickey Finns have a new cd out and will also be playing both days. Seven Nations will close the festival on Saturday and Celtic Cross will close the festival on Sunday. The music will be great. McLean Ave. Band, which plays in several locations in New Haven, will play on Sunday. There will also be a ceili dance on Saturday night, which is a great cultural event.
Kerry Martens May 05, 2012 at 11:54 AM
If you like Irish music there are three Irish radio programs in the New Haven area. Music of Ireland is on Thursday's from 6-8PM on WNHU on 88.7FM. Tom also discusses sports and has Kenny from Ireland discussing news from Ireland. Also on 88.7 is Echoes of Erin on Sunday 12PM-2PM and 6-8PM with Pat and Joan Kennedy, Mike McGrath, Pat Hosey, and Siobhan Dacey. On WQUN, 1220 AM, Sean and Brendan Canning are on Sunday Mornings at 9AM-11AM on Sounds of Ireland.http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/wqun and http://www.wnhu.net/ Previews of the bands' music playing at the festival can be heard on these programs and announcements for local Irish events are always discussed.
Kerry Martens May 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
If you like Irish music there are three Irish radio programs in the New Haven area. Music of Ireland is on Thursday's from 6-8PM on WNHU on 88.7FM. Tom also discusses sports and has Kenny from Ireland discussing news from Ireland. Also on 88.7 is Echoes of Erin on Sunday 12PM-2PM and 6-8PM on Mondays with Pat and Joan Kennedy, Mike McGrath, Pat Hosey, and Siobhan Dacey. On WQUN, 1220 AM, Sean and Brendan Canning are on Sunday Mornings at 9AM-11AM on Sounds of Ireland.http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/wqun and http://www.wnhu.net/ Previews of the bands' music playing at the festival can be heard on these programs and announcements for local Irish events are always discussed.

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