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Kiss Me, I'm Irish! Three Reasons You Don't Want to Miss Out on Louisville's Irish Fest 2013

Held from September 27th-29th at Louisville's own Bellarmine University, Irish Fest is one of the city's best-loved events. It’s the perfect place to wind down your summer and indulge in the best of things inspired by Ireland. If you're wondering what's going on at the festival this year, here are some reasons you won't want to miss out.

Tunes from the Emerald Isle

Whatever kind of music you're in the mood for, there's a myriad of Irish inspired bands and artists that will suit your fancy on festival weekend. For some classic Irish ballads, you may want to see singer and cultural historian Robert Tincher who will be sharing the Irish songs he loves and the cultural stories behind them. If rock is more your thing, catch Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters, nominated as the top Celtic rock group of 2010 and 2011 by the Irish Music Association, who have performed their dazzling combination of traditional and original Celtic music all over the United States. In addition to these great artists, the festival will also feature the Louisville-based duo Lachlan, the soulful music of Chattering Magpies, and the pub songs of Derby Boys, as well as many others.

Traditional Dishes and Irish Themed Vendors

Irish Fest will feature a fabulous Irish menu that includes shepherd's pie from Molly Malone's, Irish stew from Shenanigan's, and fish and chips from O'Connell's. In addition, classic Irish beverages, like Bailey's Irish Cream, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and Guinness beer, will also be available during the festival. You can purchase specialty items from the wide variety of vendors that will make you think of Ireland. Visit Molly's Celtic Center for a fine selection of jewelry and giftware, or the Irish Fest Emporium for t-shirts and raffle tickets. For bath products and aromatherapy items, try your luck at Genevieve's Celtic Garden or, if you really loved the Irish tunes, you may want to check out the Rampant Lion, where you’ll find a wide selection of Celtic music and DVDs.

Historical Talks and Activities

In addition to the fine vendors and all of the great bands, there are also educational activities to fill up the weekend if you're in the mood for something different. With a number of talks taking place that will focus on world issues that have had an impact on Irish people, there’s something for everyone. You can listen in on discussions ranging from the challenges faced by Irish immigrants due to the Gettysburg address, the Good Friday Agreement, or the 1798 Rebellion, where United Irishmen were responsible for organizing the uprising against British rule.  If you’re looking for something more offbeat, you can even watch the Society for Creative Anachronism become young Irish warriors and reenact battles with the weaponry of the time.

Whatever you're looking for in an end-of-summer festival, there are plenty of things for the entire family to do at Louisville Irish Fest. From traditional music to historical discussions, you won't run out of options at this annual event.

About the Author:  Joe Hayden is the Team Owner and Manager of the Joe Hayden Real Estate Team - !

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