Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

14615 Triskett Road
Cleveland, OH 44101

216-251-1711

Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival seeks to preserve, memorialize and document Irish History and Traditions - from the gentle stirrings of the harp, to the boom and pomp of the pipe bands; from the soft hush of our love songs, to the thunder of Celtic dancers and rock bands. Spurred by the vision of founder John O’Brien, Sr., over 300 volunteers mobilize annually to breath life into the festival. We are blessed that the culture we celebrate boasts such a wealth of tradition, music, literature, and art - all bound together by that rich sense of community which typifies the Irish.  Though difficult to adequately encapsulate, following is a brief overview of the festival and its many attractions.

Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival is a non-profit, annual civic event, benefiting local and national charities while highlighting the many aspects of our Irish culture. We have donated more than $770,000.00 to local and national charities since our 1983 inception, due to your continued generous support. Attractions include: 24 performers on nine stages, a multitude of exhibits, and myriad kiosks representing some of the finest vendors in the United States.

Our festival boasts a wonderful assortment of family activities, including the following:

- Tir Na nOg Children’s Area
- Byrne McCaffrey Workshops & Stage
- Celtic Rock Stage
- Two outdoor and five indoor stages
- 24 Performers, Pipe Bands and Entertainers
- An Irish Coffee House
- Award winning Irish plays each day
- Fresh exhibits each year ~ there is always something new and interesting to learn about Irish culture
- Over 50 Irish Vendors offering authentic Irish goods, foods and crafts
- An outdoor Mass on Sunday

As a country, Ireland has produced some of the finest novelists, poets, playwrights and musicians in the world. Fortunately, a good number of her dislocated progeny landed in Cleveland. The result? - some of the most highly acclaimed Irish American artists call Cleveland home. Taken as a whole, perhaps Cleveland’s greatest contribution to perpetuating Irish culture has been musical.  From The New Barleycorn, to Brigid’s Cross, from Tap The Bow, to The Northcoast Pipe Band and Turn the Corner, we are fortunate that several of the finest Irish balladeers and lyricists are also Browns fans.

Like blues, traditional Irish music is a source of inspiration for many of today’s rock and country artists - deeply indebted as these forms are to the melodic and sometimes raucous influence of Erin’s ballads and reels.

Where there is song, there is dance. And there is song in Cleveland. Long before the public began worshipping Michael Flatley as a foot stomping deity, Irish steppers were battering on in the shadows of popular culture. The recent revival ignited by Riverdance and Lord of the Dance served only to bring the step form of Gaelic dance to a broader audience.

In this regard too, Cleveland is a major player. Our many dance schools have produced talents of such caliber that several can today be found touring with some of the world’s most eminent dance companies.

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