Annual Irish Festival brings culture, music, food and more in September

Food, beer, live music and dancing featured at this year's Irish Festival.

Food, beer, live music and dancing featured at this year’s Irish Festival.

The Irish Heritage Society of Milford will host its 9th Annual Irish Festival on Sept. 19 and 20, rain or shine.

The festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 11 p.m. with live musical performances by Calley McGrane and the Exiles, Kevin McKernon of County Cavan and Hair of the Dog. There will be a variety of food offerings and an assortment of tasty libations, including Guinness, Harp, wine coolers, hard cider and wine.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the full festival will come alive with Irish music, dancing, culture, food choices, beverages and Irish wares for sale.

There will be live musical performances by Bobby Morrill, The Irish Band, New York Brogue, The Ale Hounds and The Highland Rovers.

The cultural area will feature Ceili with music by Ceol Agus Craic, traditional Irish Music by Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society and PV O’Donnel Branch of CCE, step dancers, bagpipers, Tara Theatre Company, cooking demonstrations as well as a Irish history/language, and genealogy.

Free children’s activities will be available between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

In addition to the 50-50 raffles, there will be a raffle for a fabulous trip for two to Ireland.

Admission is $5 Friday and $12 Saturday for those 15 years and older. A two-day pass is $15.

The festival will take place at The Fowler Field Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library, 57 New Haven Avenue. Pets are not allowed.

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