November 9, 2019

IrishFest Atlanta

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Sixth Annual Cultural Event Features Popular, Legendary Irish Bands, Dance Performances, Workshops, and Family Fun

Posted by theresatrono@gmail.com on July 30, 2018 at 11:25 AM

IrishFest Atlanta Celebrates the Best of Traditional Irish Music, Dance, and Culture October 26-27

Sixth Annual Cultural Event Features Popular, Legendary Irish Bands,Dance Performances, Workshops, and Family Fun 

July 27, 2018 (Atlanta, GA) — The sixth annual IrishFest Atlanta will feature popular traditional Irish band, Téada, The Green Fields of America on their 40th Anniversary Tour, and the return of members of Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band in a lively ceili (dance) October 26-27, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody (4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road).

The two-day festival features concerts, dance performances, workshops, a ceili dance, lectures, and family fun activities. Workshop and concert prices range from $25 for individual concerts to $100 for a weekend package. Tickets available at IrishFestAtlanta.org.

Teresa M. Finley, IrishFest Chair, says, “From the beginning we’ve been deeply committed to bringing not only the entire Irish community, but all of Atlanta, together to celebrate the best of the Irish culture. This wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of local musicians, dancers, Atlanta’s Irish cultural groups, and our dedicated team of organizers. A big thank you to them as we prepare for the biggest IrishFest Atlanta yet!”

Additional IrishFest Atlanta activities include:

• Workshops in music, song, and dance from well-known artists like Oisín Mac Diarmada, Paul Finn, Damien Stenson, Seán McElwain, Tristan Rosendstock, Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, Brenda Castles, Liz Hanely, Billy McComiskey, Niall O’Leary, Robbie O’Connell, Margie Mulvihill and John Reynolds.

• Free activities including marketplace performances and vendors, lectures, language class, and children’s programs.

• Special events including whiskey tastings, the art of pouring the perfect pint of Guinness, and tea with the Irish Consul General.

• Silent auction supporting Irish Traditions Atlanta scholarships.

The 2017 IrishFest drew an estimated 800 participants, the largest in the festival’s five years. There are now more than 20 different music, song, dance, and other cultural workshops and enrichment classes that contribute to creating a vital Irish community in the Atlanta area. 2018 marks the first time IrishFest Atlanta will feature a band directly from Ireland – Téada – and will also see a record 16 national and international artists perform and teach workshops throughout the two-day event.

Dr. James Flannery, Professor Emeritus Irish Studies at Emory University, said, “In the best tradition of a genuinely Irish celebration, there was a great warmth about the whole event, from the friendly greetings of the volunteers, to the lively concert and ceili with all the musicians joining in.”

About IrishFest Atlanta

IrishFest Atlanta launched November 2013 to promote the culture of Ireland through the country’s traditional music, song, dance, and language. The vision of IrishFest Atlanta’s original founders was to create a weekend of cultural performances, lectures, and workshops in a festive environment appealing to community members of all ages and varying familiarity of all things Irish. IrishFest Atlanta is sponsored by Irish Traditions Atlanta, a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Comhaltas is an international organization whose objective is to promote Irish culture and language. Irish Traditions Atlanta is a non-profit organization. More information at IrishFestAtlanta.org and on social media—Facebook (IrishFestAtlanta1), Twitter (@Irishfestatl), and Instagram (@irishfestatlanta).

Interviews available upon request.

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Sunday Conversation with Patrick Finley and Hollie Greenwood

Posted by theresatrono@gmail.com on October 31, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Ann Hardie The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

One has deep Irish roots and the other not so much. But both Patrick Finley and Hollie Greenwood share a love of Irish music and the ability to play it like a dream. In August, Finley became a two-time world champion of the Irish fiddle at the 2017 All-Ireland competition in Ennis, Ireland. The Atlanta International School senior took first place in the under 18 fiddle slow airs competition. (Last year, he placed first in the fiddle for the same age group). This year, Greenwood placed third among thousands of young people in both the fiddle and fiddle slow airs. The Roswell High School senior also is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Luckily, you don’t have to go travel across the pond to hear these two perform. They’ll be playing together at IrishFest Atlanta, Nov. 3-4.

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Former Coke CEO Neville Isdell to Discuss Museum on Irish Diaspora

Posted by theresatrono@gmail.com on October 25, 2017 at 11:15 AM

GLOBAL ATLANTA

OCTOBER 25, 2017 | TREVOR WILLIAMS

Neville Isdell, the former chief executive of Coca-Cola Co., will be in Atlanta Nov. 1 to shed light on a project telling the story of the 70 million people around the world who claim Irish ancestry.

EPIC, The Irish Immigration Museum, is located in Dublin’s docklands district and features interactive exhibitions on the factors driving emigration and how the Irish people have influenced the world.

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IrishFest Atlanta bringing country's music, dance to city

Posted by theresatrono@gmail.com on October 23, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Neighbor News Online.com

Neighbor Staff Oct 23, 2017

IrishFest Atlanta 2017, an event promoting the culture of Ireland through the country’s traditional music, song, dance and language, will take place Nov. 3 and 4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody hotel, 4387 Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

The festival will include world-renowned artists including: Pride of New York with famous lead Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies, Pride of Moyvane a top dance band, and The Yanks with five-time fiddle world champion Dylan Foley. The festival welcomes back dancer Shannon Dunne, many local champion musicians, dancers and celebrated lecturers. New to the festival this year will be an Irish tapas food tasting and a viewing of the celebrated film documentary, “An Godfather,” narrated by actor Brendan Gleeson.

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Irish Heaven in Georgia

Posted by theresatrono@gmail.com on October 1, 2017 at 10:55 PM

Seán Laffey puts in a call to Teresa Finley of the IrishFest Atlanta.

Seán Laffey, Irish Music Times

The 5th Atlanta Irish Festival comes together on the first weekend of November; a relatively young festival it draws on some of the best Irish Traditional musicians working and living in the USA. The festival is centred on the Doubletree Hilton, a smaller hotel that encourages direct interaction between participants and musicians. Seán “As a relatively new festival how did you go about funding your events?”

Teresa “Early on we set a goal for our festival to reach 50% of our revenue in ticket sales. After year 4, we were nearly there and hope to achieve that goal this year, our 5th event. We know for any cultural group to succeed, it must meet the needs of its intended audience. We are grateful to our patrons, they have been very loyal. We have had repeat donationsfrom 2 foundations where our internal champions are active in the Atlanta Irish community.”

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IrishFest Atlanta Celebrates the Best of Traditional Music, Dance and Culture

Posted by theresatrono@gmail.com on October 1, 2017 at 11:05 AM

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IRISHFEST​ ​ATLANTA​ ​CELEBRATES​ ​THE​ ​BEST​ ​OF TRADITIONAL​ ​MUSIC,​ ​DANCE​ ​AND​ ​CULTURE

IrishFest Atlanta is hosting the fifth annual event on November 3 rd & 4 th at the DoubleTree by Hilton

Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody. Atlanta​ ​–​ ​October​ ​10,​ ​2017​- IrishFest Atlanta 2017 hosts world renowned artists including our headlining acts: Pride​ ​of​ ​New​ ​York​ with famous lead Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies, Pride​ ​of Moyvane​ a top dance band, and The​ ​Yanks​ with 5-time fiddle world champion, Dylan Foley.

The festival welcomes back dancer, Shannon Dunne, many local champion musicians, dancers and celebrated lecturers. New to the festival this year will be an Irish Tapas Food tasting and a viewing of the celebrated film documentary, An Godfather, narrated by actor, Brendan Gleeson. There is something for everyone! The festival begins on Friday evening featuring local performers and cultural activities and an opening concert by The​ ​Yanks​. Festivalgoers can enjoy their favorite beverage of Ireland at the Irish Pub experience.

Saturday includes workshops, taught by our world-class artists, as well as, dance, music and theater performances on multiple stages throughout the day. Opportunities to learn more about the Irish culture abound through an Irish sports demonstration, Irish Tea with the Irish Consul General of Ireland, lectures, Irish films and more. A favorite feature for the adults is “learn how to pull the perfect pint” (of Guinness, of course) and enjoying the nuances of whiskey during a special tasting.

Pride​ ​of​ ​Moyvane​ concert will take place Saturday afternoon followed by a dance the “Irish way.” Participate in a dance workshop that morning and join in the fun! The day will end with the Pride​ ​of New​ ​York​ concert, which always promises to be an exciting event.

For the full line-up and to purchase tickets go to: www.irishfestatlanta.org.

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About​ ​IrishFest​ ​Atlanta IrishFest Atlanta launched November 2013 to promote the culture of Ireland through the country’s traditional music, song, dance, and language. The vision of IrishFest Atlanta’s original founders was to create a weekend of cultural performances, lectures, and workshops in a festive environment appealing to community members of all ages and varying familiarity of all things Irish. IrishFest Atlanta is sponsored by Irish Traditions Atlanta, a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Comhaltas is an international organization whose objective is to promote Irish culture and language. Irish Traditions Atlanta is a non-profit organization.

Brookhaven, Roswell teens excel at All-Ireland event

Posted by theresatrono@gmail.com on August 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM

Neighbor News Online.com

Everett Catts Aug 24, 2017

Updated

 

This article was updated Aug. 24 at 8:14 a.m. with clarified information on the 10 musicians competing in the All-Ireland World Music Championship.

A year after one member of a group of metro Atlanta teenage musicians won a title at the All-Ireland World Music Championship, two of them brought home crowns at the 2017 event, held Aug. 18 through 20 in Ennis, Ireland.

At this year’s competition, 10 teens performed in solo, duets, trios and band contests.

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