August 17-20, 2017

August 17-20, 2017

Milwaukee Irish Fest Blog

Whether you're reading Irish Fest origins on Founder's Corner or checking out the latest artist blog, you'll uncover unique stories about Irish Fest and the people who help make it what it is. From volunteers to entertainers, patrons to sponsors, you'll read stories and watch videos about the Irish Fest experience and the memories/lifetime friendships that are created. 
If you have a story you'd like to share with us about Irish Fest you can send us an email at info@irishfest.com.

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Visa and Tax Issues for Foreign Artists in United States

Disincentives for Foreign Artists Performing in the United States

Milwaukee Irish Fest is concerned that complying with existing non-immigrant Visa, tax rules and associated costs is becoming an increasing challenge. Costs for foreign artists to get USCIS work permits and visas are causing many of them to reconsider their plans to tour in the U.S.

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  • Festival
  • Irish Fest News

Kit Nash and the Bloody Tinkers

Everyone I know who frequented Nash's Irish Castle in Milwaukee has a story to tell. - Ed Ward

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  • History
  • Milwaukee

The Derry-Airs

In 1977, Ed Ward submitted a request to the Shamrock Club to organize a concert featuring local Irish talent. The concert became a first of its kind. The line-up included a quartet of Irish bar owners, dancers, a fiddler, a 10 year-old banjo player and more.

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  • History
  • Milwaukee

The New England NFL Connection

The first New England Irish Festival, a two day event, ran inside the Patriots' Sullivan Stadium in 1984. Michael Chamberlain, Stadium Manager at the time, hired none other than Milwaukee Irish Fest Founder Ed Ward to coordinate and run the event.

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  • Festival
  • History

The French Connection

Ed Ward talks about the beginnings of Irish Fest and the seeds that planted the creation of his Irish band, Blarney, in the 1970s.

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  • History
  • Milwaukee

The Color Purple

My generation's exposure to purple was Sheb Wooley's song, "The Purple People Eater." Well, that and finding out that purple crayons don't taste like grape. But you may be surprised to know that in the mid-1980s the color purple and Irish Fest had much in common. - Ed Ward

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  • Festival
  • History

Paddy's Daddy

In 2016, long-time Irish Fest supporter and creator of the smiling leprechaun image that came to be known as Paddy McFest, Jim Finnerty, passed away from cancer at the age of 68. Read about his help in branding Irish Fest.

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  • Festival
  • History
  • Milwaukee

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