IrishFest Atlanta


Cultural Experiences

We have two days full of cultural experiences. Scroll down to learn more and check the schedule for times. 

  • Activities
    • Guinness - Pour the Perfect Pint
    • Afternoon Tea with the Irish Consul General
    • "A Taste of Ireland" Small Plate Tasting
  • Exhibitions
    • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
  • Films
    • "An Godfather"
    • "Stutterer"
    • Irish Film Institute Short Films
  • Lectures
    • Hopdance by Stewart Parker - A Reading and Discussion with Marilynn Richtarik
    • “The Poetics and Performance of the Slow Air: A Singer's Approach" with Jim Flannery
  • Workshops
    • Deis cainte – An Opportunity to Speak & Learn Irish 

ACTIVITY:  Afternoon Tea with Irish Consul General 

Hosted by The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta

Join us Saturday afternoon for some Tea with Irish fare and a chat with the Irish Consul General.

By reservation only.


ACTIVITY:  Guinness & Learning the Art of Pouring the Perfect Pint 

Join us in Meehan's Irish Bar Experience at IrishFest Atlanta to learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness from our experienced bartender and enjoy Guinness, Guinness Blonde, Irish Gin & Tonics and Irish Coffees! 

Purchase Guinness tickets at registration and take home a Guinness Glass!

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ACTIVITY: "A Taste of Ireland" 

Join us on Saturday afternoon for a special small plate tasting of Irish Cuisine created especially for our guests. 

Some of the dishes available will be: 

  • Fish & chips skewers
  • Black and White pudding
  • Smoked Salmon on brown bread
  • Tayto Sandwiches
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Mini corned beef sandwiches 
  • Curry chips
  • IrishFest Atlanta 99's and more.

Each tasting plate is $4 and tickets will be available at registration. 


EXHIBITION: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.

Over the centuries, some 10 million people have left the island of Ireland. At EPIC you can step through 20 themed galleries to find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and discovery the world has ever known. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way.


FILM: "An Godfather"

The extraordinary story of Leitrim fiddle player Bryan Rooney, the man they call 'The Godfather'. In 1967, aged 16, he emigrated to London. He came as an unknown young musician yet with a depth of astonishing music. Today he has achieved global recognition within the traditional Irish music world and is recognised as one of the master fiddlers of his generation. In this special one hour documentary actor and fellow fiddle player, Brendan Gleeson, goes on a journey to find out more about the man, the music and that golden era in London. A must see for music enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the Irish story outside of Ireland. 

Directed by James Clenaghan, Sónta Films


FILM: "Stutterer"

2016 Oscar Winning Irish  Short Movie - directed by Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.


Brought to us by NTIV


FILM: Irish Film Institute Short Film Presentation

A 30-minute collection of short Irish movies curated by the Irish Film Institute.

Yu Ming is Ainm Dom

Tired of his dead-end supermarket job, Yu Ming (Daniel Wu) decides to learn Irish and leave his home country of China for a new life overseas.

With a simple spin of a globe he decides that Ireland will be his new home. When he researches Irish culture and learns that Gaelic is the country’s official language, he studies hard to master it before setting off. He lands to discover nobody understands him. Feeling lost and frustrated he walks into a bar and befriends an older Irish-speaking gentleman (Frank Kelly) who directs him down a better path.

Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom was shortlisted for an Academy Award and won at least 18 awards at a range of international film festivals. 

DIRECTOR: Daniel O'Hara              Duration: 13min 25sec

Hannah Cohen’s First Holy Communion

Set in Dublin in the 1970s this film explores a rarely glimpsed Ireland, as seen through the eyes of spirited seven year old, Hannah Cohen. Hannah can’t wait to make her Holy Communion – only problem is she’s Jewish! An Irish/Jewish film with an international feel, the beauty of the story lies in its simplicity, humour, and the universal desire to fit in.

DIRECTOR: Shimmy Marcus         Duration 13mins

After ’16

The Irish Film Board’s After ’16 collection is a creative response by Irish filmmakers to the events of Easter 1916 which marked the centenary in 2016. This collection of short films is a mixture of live action, animation and documentary, and tells stories from the eve of the Easter Rising all the way to the Troubles in 1970s Northern Ireland and beyond.

IrishFest Atlanta is proud to screen 4 films from this series.

My Life for Ireland

Ireland, Easter, 1916. In Dublin, Irish rebel Patrick Pearse leads a revolt to free Ireland from the grips of the British Empire. Owen, a young Irish patriot, wants to join them in their fight for freedom.

DIRECTOR: Kieron J. Walsh           SCRIPT: Patrick McDonnell           PRODUCERS: Damien O'Donnell, Emmaline Dowling                 Runtime: 14 min

Baring Arms: 1916 in Tattoos

Short film exploring one of the more surprising ways in which people are marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Starring Ed Barton and Brian Regan.

Directed by Colm Quinn                Produced by El Zorrero Films      Runtime: 14 min

Mr Yeats and The Beastly Coins

In 1926, ten years after the Easter Rising, the Free State government decided to create a new coinage for the new state. They invited the most famous poet in the world, W.B. Yeats, to chair the design committee.

This charming documentary tells the story of Yeats’ battle for excellence. The new coins would go on to be loved by generations of Irish people.

Directors: Ann Marie Hourihane (co-director), Laura McNicholas (co-director)  Runtime: 12 min

A Terrible Hullabaloo

The story of young Vinny Byrne, a fourteen-year-old boy who found himself fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rising. An eighty-year-old Vinny reminisces on his time with the volunteers, which took him around the city during the fighting.

With Vinny’s Dublin brought to life by handmade miniature sets and puppetry, the film offers a uniquely charming first-hand account of the 1916 Rising.

DIRECTOR: Ben O’Connor             PRODUCER: Bob Gallagher          Runtime: 10 min


LECTURE: Capturing Mystical Ireland 

Tips, tricks and insights to capture the beauty of Ireland from Irish photographer and travel guide, Gary McLoughlin from Shamrock and Peach Tours/Photography


LECTURE:  Hopdance by Stewart Parker - A Reading and Discussion with Marilynn Richtarik

Stewart Parker, who died of cancer in 1988 at the age of 47, is remembered primarily as one of twentieth-century Ireland's most inventive and accomplished playwrights. But he began his career as a poet and writer of experimental prose, and his novel Hopdance, drafted in the early 1970s, showcases the wordplay and rich sense of character for which his stage plays are known. In a great tradition of Irish autobiographical fiction that includes James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Parker’s poignant novel depicts events surrounding the amputation of his left leg when he was a 19-year-old university student. Never published in his lifetime, Hopdance was finally made available by Dublin's The Lilliput Press in April 2017 in an edition by Parker's biographer, Marilynn Richtarik. In this session, Richtarik will discuss and read from Hopdance. 

Marilynn Richtarik is a Professor of English at Georgia State University and the author of Acting Between the Lines: The Field Day Theatre Company and Irish Cultural  Politics 1980-1984 and Stewart Parker: A Life, both published by Oxford University Press. She spent the spring semester of 2017 teaching and doing research at Queen's University Belfast as a US Fulbright Scholar.


LECTURE“The Poetics and Performance of the Slow Air: A Singer's Approach" with Jim Flannery

The great slow airs of Ireland are among the crowning achievements not just of traditional Irish music but of Irish culture in general. In the Irish language, such pieces are known as amhrán mór, or “big songs”, and they are considered among the most daunting challenges of even highly accomplished singers and instrumentalists. Indeed, a number of famous performers simply refuse to touch them. Yet, with the right performer – and the right circumstance – the experience of a slow air can be utterly sublime.

Jim Flannery’s lecture-demonstration is intended to introduce students, practitioners and lovers of traditional Irish music to the magical world of the slow air, both aesthetically and technically. For Jim Flannery, thinking about poetry as if it were music and music as if it were poetry has become a key to directing the highly theatrical plays of W.B. Yeats, and performing the art songs of Thomas Moore. The same idea lies at the heart of this lecture demonstration on the poetics and performance of the exquisite slow airs of the Irish musical tradition.

WORKSHOP:  Deis cainte – An Opportunity to Speak & Learn Irish 

Breandán Mac Mathúna will facilitate discussion through the medium of the Irish language. This session will cater to people who wish to learn ‘cúpla focal’ or to rekindle the Irish they already have.