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2022 Cultural Village

Irish Fest features an area on the south end of the festival grounds dedicated to Irish and Celtic culture!

Cultural Pavilion

The Pavilion continues its long tradition of bringing all things Irish and Celtic to the festival through digital and physical displays. Featuring quilter Penny Barnes, fairy forts, and more to be announced soon.

Literary Corner

This year the Literary Corner will feature seven authors, one returning and others new to our festival. Their books represent a wide variety of subjects that should be very interesting to our patrons. As always the authors are happy to chat with everyone who stops by and of course will happily sign all books purchased.

Northern Ireland author and Milwaukee favorite, Tony Macaulay, author of Paper Boy and Bread Boy, is returning for the American debut of his latest novel, Belfast Gate.

Dublin native, Mary Behan, has written a memoir with her sister of their days at boarding school in Ireland, Abbey Girls. She has followed that with a novel, A Measured Thread and a book of short stories, Kernels.

Pat O’Neill and Tom Coffman have authored a well-researched biography of a little-known man who was most influential in the founding of organized baseball in the United States. Ted Sullivan, Barnacle of Baseball introduces this interesting character.

Two authors with books on a similar topic but with very different approaches have written about their experiences traveling to Ireland to locate their roots. Lois Farley Shuford has written Finding Home and Sharon Bossard has written Finding My Irish. Sharon has also authored a memoir, Veil of Silence.

Patrick McBride, M.D. has written a memoir, The Luckiest Boy in the World, of his youth growing up in Wauwatosa, WI where he was a Bat Boy for the Milwaukee Brewers, a Ball Boy for the Milwaukee Bucks and a Locker Room Attendant for the Green Bay Packers when they played at the old County Stadium.

Plan to stop by the Literary Corner, meet the authors and visit our book sellers, The Little Read Book and Rainbow Books for Children.

Hedge School

History, genealogy, politics, literature, modern culture and more will be discussed in the Hedge School. Tyler Farrell will lead the popular Poetry Hour on Sunday. More to be announced soon!

Theatre Pavilion

Dead Men’s Bells by Meabh de Brun
A gothic rural tale. Three sisters take us on a journey through the misdeeds of their brother, the family farm that is up for grabs and the actions they felt driven to.

Melody by Deidre Kinahan
Two lonely souls, a bachelor and a widow discover they share many common interests including classical music, ham and cheese sandwiches and massage parlors.

Julia Elizabeth by James Stephens
An independent woman who resists her parent’s best efforts to encourage her towards marriage

Casey at the Bat / Casey’s Revenge by Ernest Thayer/Grantland Rice
The classic poem about Casey at the bat, this time followed by the next step in the story.

Bring You’re A Game by Meabh de Brun
Two strangers use the time stuck in an elevator to get to know each other in a quirky and humorous encounter.

Thirst by Miles na Gopaleen/Flann O’Brien
When a sergeant finds him serving after hours, publican Ignatius Cornelius Coolahan regales his accuser with a protracted story of military service in the desert in the hopes of tapping into his sense of thirst.

Gaeltacht

Steeped in tradition, brimming with talent and sweetened with native speakers, the Gaeltacht line-up is sure to hit the spot. The Gaeltacht, or Irish speaking area, will showcase the Irish language and traditional Irish culture. You can learn simple Irish phrases or challenge yourself with some flirty chat-up lines! You can stop in any time and enjoy traditional Irish humor, song, dance and language. The Gaeltacht is where the Irish go to feel at home! Danielle Enblom returns to demonstrate Irish dancing techniques.

Genealogy

The Genealogy Tent is located on the south end of the grounds in the Cultural Area just south of the Water Street Brewery. The tent is bringing back favorite displays including DNA, Irish First Names, Irish Surnames, Map of Ancestor locations, and much more to assist you in your journey of finding your ancestors.  There is some one-to-one research support for attendees as well as computers available for individual lookups.

Richard Hill, Genetic Genealogist, will be available for several hours each day to discuss and answer questions about how DNA assists you in your family search.  Mr. Hill will also be presenting at the Irish Fest Summer School.

Come learn about Irish surnames, given names, and DNA. Tag the giant Ireland map with your family’s ancestral home. Discuss your genealogy search questions with volunteers in this area.

Irish Language Workshop

Learn more about Gaelic, the Irish language, and its history at our Irish  Language Workshop tent! This year's workshop features Dr. Tara MacLeod and Dr. Brian O'Conchubhair from Notre Dame University.

 

Sports

Sports

This year's Irish Fest will feature currach races, which you can watch along the lagoon! Currach races will once again include a North American Currach Association Regatta on Saturday. On Sunday, veterans will join the fun with races of their own. This year Connemara will be featured, due to its strong ties to North American currach families.

2022 Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors & friends! View full sponsor list.

Ireland Bluffs

Aer Lingus Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Arena Americas at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Associated Bank Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Catholic Financial Life

CiderBoys Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Epic Creative Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Five Farms Irish Cream

Habush Habush Rottier

Jameson

Fill Your Heart with Ireland - Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Lakefront Brewery

Miller Lite

Northwoods Web Solutions

Parkview-Senior Living Community Center

Vizzy Hard Seltzer

  • Artist
  • Paddy
  • Celtic Canine & Kid
  • Artist with Violin
  • Crowd
  • Irish Fest Fans
  • Young Irish Dancers
  • Young Kid and Dad
  • Wisconsin Irish
  • Young Kids Dancing

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CelticMKE
1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave
Milwaukee, WI
Festival Grounds
Henry Maier Festival Park
Milwaukee, WI

 

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