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Irish Connections Festival Canton MA
Making Irish Connections in Canton
The 15th annual festival is a celebration
of the region's largest ethnic community. The popular festival, which
last year drew nearly 30,000 people, is hosted by the
Centre of New England at its 46 acre campus just 10 miles south
This year's Festival features on-stage
performances by leading Irish musicians and dancers, readings by noted
authors, workshops on genealogy, step dancing and the Irish language,
a poetry contest, and athletic competitions sponsored by the
Gaelic Athletic Association.
New to the festival this year: A
facsimile Irish Cottage from the film classic The Quiet Man starring
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara has been constructed on festival grounds
by Irish craftsmen. A group of Irish Wolfhounds - the official dog of
Ireland - will be at the festival to display their great beauty and
Among the most popular
Festival attractions from past years: a marketplace of 85 vendors
selling authentic Irish products; a children's village offering carnival
rides, sidewalk art, and a petting zoo; and a Ceili Tent featuring continuous
Irish set dancing throughout the weekend by hundreds of skilled dancers.
In addition to cultural activities,
Irish Connections Festival includes a variety of Irish and
American food courts, pubs with traditional Irish music sessions, and
an Irish Tea Room where the annual Irish bread baking contest takes
The three-day event is considered the premier summer event for New England's Irish community.
Local residents and visitors, families
and friends, Irish and non-Irish alike are all welcome. For more details
about ticket prices, operating times, and performance schedules visit
or call (781) 821-8291.
With over 4,400 members, the Irish Cultural Centre of New England is one of the largest Irish organizations in the Eastern United States. The Centre promotes Irish culture, arts, and sporting events year round, and offers its members a vibrant connection to Ireland and Irish heritage.
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