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Leon Diop and Briana Fitzsimons

About Leon Diop and Briana Fitzsimons

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Leon Drop is a 27-year-old mixed race man from Tallaght. He attended Maynooth University where he received a degree in psychology. He was the first black students’ union president of Maynooth Students Union. Leon is also the co-founder and CEO of black and Irish. Leon created the organisation along with Femi after the death of George Floyd. They wanted to bring authentic discussion around race and racism back to Ireland. Femi Bankole is an IT Risk Consultant and works as a Manager within EY's Business consulting practice in Dublin. In 2020, he co-founded Black & Irish, a social platform aimed at celebrating the success’ and highlighting the struggles of black and Irish people. Briana Fitzsimons grew up in Yonkers, NY, USA and has lived in Ireland with her family since 2017. As the Education Coordinator for Black and Irish, Briana is working on bringing anti-bias and anti-racism training to school staff across the country.

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2022 Festival Sponsors

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Ireland Bluffs

Aer Lingus Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Arena Americas at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Associated Bank Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Audio Biz

Catholic Financial Life

CiderBoys Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Epic Creative Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Five Farms Irish Cream

Habush Habush Rottier


Tourism Ireland - Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Lakefront Brewery

Miller Lite

Northwoods Web Solutions

Parkview-Senior Living Community Center

Vizzy Hard Seltzer

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

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


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