Celebrate All Things Irish on March 16 at First Parish

March 11, 2024

You don’t need to be from Ireland to turn out for the third Irish Festival to be celebrated at the First Parish on the Common this Saturday, March 16, beginning at 5 p.m. There will be music, dancing, storytelling, and an Irish pub dinner. People of all ages are welcome.

Festival organizer Ian Carroll said the idea is to create what the Irish refer to as “the craic,” which is all about experiencing good times and positive energy in the company of others.

“This is our third year,” Carroll said. “The first was supposed to be on March 14, 2020, which turned out to be the second day of the Covid shutdown. We managed to host it in 2022 and it was such a success that First Parish decided to make it a yearly tradition.”

Focus of the event is the traditional music of Ireland, and as Carroll said, “if you’ve never seen or heard the uilleann pipes – the Irish bagpipes – you owe it to yourself to come just for that. It’s a wonderfully peculiar contraption that creates the most beautiful sound imaginable!

“Community and togetherness are at the heart of both Irish culture and Irish traditional music,” Carroll said, “so the more people who show up, the better the craic will be for all. And in that spirit, I should also emphasize that young people are not just welcome, but are encouraged to attend!”

Suggested donations are:

  • Adults – $20
  • Seniors – $15
  • Youth (6-12) – $10
  •  Children under five – Free
  • Family maximum is $50.

Proceeds benefit the First Parish music fund.

First Parish is wheelchair accessible.

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Peggy Lundgren
March 11, 2024 11:31 pm

Yay! I’ve been hoping to see some Irish celebration ☘️

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