Get your Irish up at this fun-filled weekend of Irish arts and culture!  Here are 5 reasons to take a road trip to Canton and whoop it up with the Irish!

There will be music!  From tin whistles to celtic folk, if you like Irish music you’ll love this festival.   Legendary Irish band The Wolfe Tones will be playing and so won’t world renowned Irish Tenor John McDermott, plus Andy Cooney, The Cunningham Family, Bartley O’Donnell and Matthew O’Donnell and the Whistlin’ Donkeys!  There will be 25 bands will be performing on four stages!  We hear Southie’s own Curragh’s Fancy will be taking the stage too! 

There will be dancing! Featuring the Dunleavy, Boyle, and Connolly School of Irish Dance, The Haley School of Irish Dance and the Hansen Keohane School of Irish Dance performing sets dances and more!  Did we mention there will be Irish dance lessons too.  Just think of all the people you’ll impress come St. Patrick’s Day.

There will be dogs!  Have you ever seen an Irish Wolfhound up close and personal.  Well, here’s your opportunity.  The Irish Wolfhounds Association will display its fine assortment of these shaggy-browed impressive dogs!

There will be an authentic Irish cottage! Built with 19th century specifications, this cozy cottage will serve as a setting for showing the language, traditions and folkways of Gaelic-speaking communities. So you’ll learn a thing or two!

There will be beer!  Guinness and Magners Irish Cider will be on tap! In addition to beer, there will be food and a host of vendors selling everything from Irish knit sweaters, hand crafted fiddles, jewelry, scally caps, Irish gifts and more!

It’s family friendly! There will be plenty of activities and fun for everyone one in the family!  The festival takes place on 46-acre campus so there will be plenty of room to roam and enjoy the outdoors!  There’s free parking a plenty and handicapped accessible facilities. The Gaelic Athletic Association will be on hand to showcase a variety of Irish sports games.

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England is sponsoring the festivities, which run from June 4 and 5, 2016. The annual Irish Festival, which was first held at Stonehill College, 25 years ago will be held the weekend of June 4 and 5 at the Centre’s  headquarters in Canton.  They will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Uprising which ultimately led to Ireland’s independence from England.

“The mission is to give people a true sense of what it means to be Irish here in New England,” said Seamus Mulligan, President of the Centre. “The activities during festival week will create a sense of this region’s rich Irish roots. The festival during the weekend features dozens of the finest musicians, singers, dancers, writers, and cultural advocates you’re likely to see in one setting.” 

Ticket info:

  • Tickets are $15.00 in Advance and $20 at the Door
  • Children Under 12 are Free
  • 65 and over, and all Military, are $15.00
  • Advance 2-Day pass for $25.00
  • VIP Passes are also available

Free Swag Bags to the first 2,000 adult patrons each day!

Okay, so did you purchase your tickets yet?  Well, if you buy them now, you’ll get them at a reduced rate!  You can order your tickets here! 

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