Pop Up Consulate – Saturday only!
On Saturday from 1- 4 p.m., the Festival welcomes the staff from the Consulate of Ireland, Chicago in the Cultural Village. We are especially honored to host Consul General Brian O’Brien and Vice Consul Justin Nolan. They will be onsite to answer any questions you have about Ireland whether travelling to or doing business in Ireland.
Celtic Cooking – Sponsored by Challenge Butter
Chefs from Giant Eagle and the Celtic Caterer, Eric McBride will present recipes throughout the weekend. Eric will also be onsite in his own tent throughout the weekend to share his tips and sell his Celtic Cookbooks.
6 p.m. Eric McBride Smoke Salmon Cheese pate
7:30 p.m. Giant Eagle Fried Fish Cakes
Noon Eric McBride Irish Asparagus Blue Salad
1:30 p.m. Giant Eagle Pork Pie with Carmelized Apples
3 p.m. Eric McBride Creamy Potato & Leek soup w/ White Wine
4:30 p.m. Eric McBride Irish Spice Beef Brisket
6 p.m. Giant Eagle Roast Pork Belly and Tomato Pie
7:30 p.m. Eric McBride Scottish Strawberry Beaujolai (16th Century)
Noon Eric McBride Irish Fried Cabbage w/ Bacon
1:30 p.m. Giant Eagle Smoked Conkle Chowder
3 p.m. Eric McBride Welsh Cauliflower Whisky Cheese Soup
4:30 p.m. Giant Eagle Corned Beef with Parsely Sauce & Candied Turnips with Goat Cheese
6 p.m. Eric McBride Scottish Orange Chocolate Whisky Mousse
All schedules are posted at the bottom of the page
Cultural Workshop Tent -At the cultural workshop tent, guests can learn a new hands-on skill, from making chainmail, to basics of knitting and tatting.
Music Workshop -Whether you bring your instrument or just want to hear the music, the music workshop tent will have non-stop instruction throughout the weekend.
Spoken Word -Hear fascinating tales from Irish lore and mythology. Storytellers, authors and poets rule this stage.
Irish Traditions – Returning this year, the Irish Traditions stage focuses on the rich culture and history or Ireland. Learn a little more about the songs from Dublin (Ireland) or about the role the Irish played in the US Civil War.
The Irish Authors’ Corner is returning this year even bigger in its fifth year. Become acquainted with the beauty of the Written Word in Irish culture. Visiting authors, both Irish and Irish-American will be at this tent all weekend. They will chat with you about their work and you can buy the books from the Book Loft and have your new purchases signed by the author. Many of the authors will be speaking in the Spoken Word and Irish Traditions Tent.
Brian Boru’s Ireland
Brian Boru’s Ireland gives Dublin Irish Festival visitors an authentic experience of life as it was in Ireland 1,000 years ago. A hidden gem among the Festival’s music, dance, food and drink, this reenactment of a 10th century Irish settlement is fascinating, educational and important to a full understanding of Irish culture.
The area endeavors to recreate the daily life of early Medieval Ireland 1000 years ago. Metalworking, wood turning, combat and weaponry are just a few of the ongoing demonstrations. You can have your photo taken in costume, enjoy the sweet fragrance of herbs and perhaps hear a story with our herbalist. Visit our “caiseal” and listen to harp music and watch textile production in the form of drop spindle spinning and weaving on a warp weighted loom. Help our cooks churn butter while they prepare our meals over an open fire and bake in a clay oven. Come to the abbey and see our embroidered tapestry in progress, learn to make a St. Brigid’s cross, and see the tools and techniques used in illuminated manuscripts. Admire the treasures of the Lost Viking Hoard. Join in a game of Brandubh or learn to make mead, “the drink of kings,” when you step back in time to Brian Boru’s Ireland. The Irish Living History Society presents this interactive area.
Irish Linen & Wool Worker Demonstrations
Tim and Katheleen Nealeigh will use authentic 19th century tools to produce world-famous Irish linen and wool in a demonstration that appeals to all ages. Linen begins as the humble flax plant which is pulled up, retted, dried, scutched, hackled, and spun into linen thread. The linen fabric is then woven using a loom from the 1700s. Wool is shorn, picked, carded or flicked, and spun into yarn. A delightful, informative running commentary during the continuous demonstration will provide the human touch to these nearly forgotten skills.
Robert Mouland offers a unique presentation in traditional Irish music: “The Legacy Of The Irish Harp“. In this cultural offering he tells the history of Ireland’s national symbol, the cláirseach na h’Eireann or wirestrung Irish harp. The music he performs spans the history of Irish music, from the early harp tradition right up to more current traditional dance tunes using the fiddle, union pipes, flute and whistle. He also brings to life a four hundred year old tradition of jig puppets, which dance by his knee as he plays.
Irish Wake Tent
The Irish Wake Tent is celebrating its 10th year anniversary at the Dublin Irish Festival! The Festival has long celebrated and preserved Irish customs and culture. Music, dance, food and drink are among those customs, but other customs are equally important to those seeking to understand Irish culture, including funeral practices. So, in the midst of all the celebration, music and dance, festival-goers will find a Wake Tent, complete with a facsimile of a corpse and mourners.
The Wake Tent at the Festival is an authentic representation of a wake as it might have been in a family home in 1898, a timeframe that was chosen because it represents the broadest range of customs. The body is laid out, usually on a door, in his best clothes. His coffin is standing by, his tombstone has been prepared and food, drink and tobacco are set out for the neighbors.
The traditional Irish wake lasted three days, during which time the body was never to be left alone or left in the dark. The deceased in the Festival’s Wake Tent is represented as an old man who lived a full life; therefore there is much for his family and friends to celebrate.
Visit with some of the makers of the finest instruments for use in Irish music. These artisans will be onsite to answer your questions about their hand-made instruments.
The Ward Irish Music Archives
The Lost Viking Hoard brings to the Festival a little bit of what life in Ireland must have been like back when the Vikings were invading.