Ireland is Calling You … to Cleveland

Rock n Reel – Cleveland Irish Fest is Coming!

Ireland is Calling You … to Cleveland. The 34th Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival takes place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, Ohio July 22, 23 & 24.

The U.S. has been so generous in welcoming the Irish to this blessed country, and we love paying it forward, in thanks.  Festival proceeds benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Holy Family Home and ten other local and national charities.  Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival has donated more than $770,000 dollars to charities since its inception in 1983.  

Live More Life; Be More Irish ~ Thirty-one bands, dancers and performers on three indoor and five outdoors stages will fill 117 acres, with entertainers from Ireland, Canada and across the U.S. highlighting the rich and varied Irish heritage.

The festival offers a wide range of music from traditional to Celtic Rock.  Rock-n-Reel Headliners include Ronan Tynan, of the Irish Tenors; Scythian; Ennis Sisters, The Fitzgerald’s, like Riverdance, only faster! One Shot Paddy; Hedgeband; Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones; and Socks in the Frying Pan.

In a Festival first – Celtic Rockers Seven Nations with “KIR”, featuring a full Pipe Band; Returning favorites include Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Ashley Davis, Marys Lane, Irish Descendants, Patrick O’Sullivan, Dermot Henry and Marys Lane.

Bring your dancing shoes, your energy, and your friends. Live More Life; Be More Irish, and dance like no one is watching.

The New Barleycorn, Brigid’s Cross, James Kilbane, Dennis Doyle, and The Kilroys will also be performing. Irish dance Schools Brady Campbell School, Tesse Burke School and Leneghan Academy join the 87th Cleveland Pipe Band, Firefighter’s Memorial Pipe Band, and West Side Irish American Club Pipe Band. “Things will happen!” as Barleycorn’s Alec DeGabriel always says!

Presenting the very best of Ireland doesn’t stop with the music.  The festival showcases championship dancing and pipe bands, and award-winning drama. Authentic Irish food vendors include Claddagh Irish Pubs, Sully’s Irish Pub, the Irish Coffee House and Winston’s Import Catering, and plentiful American fare for kids and adults alike is also available.

Things New to the festival this year include Online Admission tickets and weekend passes, Friday and Saturday Whiskey and Beer Tastings; craft beers; Online Merchandise sales; and so much more.

Expanded at the Festival this year is Temple Bar & Museum – Modeled after the world famous entertainment district in Dublin city centre, our Temple Bar & Museum has loads of singing, dancing, sessions, carrying on, lessons, workshops and exhibits. Walk thru our beautiful hand painted Irish village storefronts to Temple Bar, have a pint of our new craft beers, a traditional Guinness, Harp or Smithwicks, or a pop, have a listen or share a song, a story, or a set dance lesson; you’ll find all the tradition of an Irish pub in our Temple Bar & Museum.  There are over 50 Irish vendors with everything from Aran knits to delicious Irish chocolate, T-Shirts, Jewelry, music and that special gift, calling you home.

 

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