What if I told you that St. Patrick’s Day is actually in June…at least in Fairfield County. You’d think I was crazy – but I’m not (well maybe just a little…but in a good way). For 25 years Celtic culture has been celebrated at the Fairfield County Irish Festival - with Irish music, dancing, sporting competitions, and of course, a pint (or two). Held on the grounds of Fairfield University, the festival steps off today and continues through Sunday.
Ireland is renowned for their love of music and this festival attracts the best local and international talent. The Pub Tent endeavors to recreate the mood of an authentic Irish Pub and is modeled after “The George” in Curraun, County Mayo, Ireland. The crowd gathers for the great music, traditional songs with a few surprises thrown in by the myriad of pub bands who entertain there throughout the weekend.
At the cultural tent, you can pick-up a few phrases in Gaelic during one of the language classes or learn to step-dance. Perhaps you’d prefer to play a couple rounds of Irish Jeopardy or listen to some traditional Irish Music – it’s all here! .
Sports fans will find something a little bit different – Irish football and Hurling competitions will take place throughout the weekend. Teams from Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania will compete for The Donnelly Cup.
Of course, no Irish celebration would be complete without corned beef – the Gaelic Club will have homemade corned beef sandwiches for sale, along with Irish Soda Bread.
Geared towards families, kid-oriented activities abound – storytelling, dance, plays, music, magic shows, rides, and crafts will keep the kids occupied while you grab a Guinness in the Pub Tent.
Fairfield County Irish Festival, Fairfield University