Visit the Greenfields Sports Area to experience the traditional sports of Ireland, including Hurling and Gaelic Football. Expect Celtic sport demonstrations, competitions & hands-on activities throughout the weekend. All activities are free with admission to the Festival.
Amateur Highland Games Competition
Witness Highland Games athletes from around the region contend for Athlete of the Day and Best in Class in this aw-inspiring competition of Celtic proportions! More than 40 athletes make this one of the largest competitions in Ohio. 2015 events include the heavy hammer throw, caber toss, sheaf toss, braemar stone put, weight for height and weight for distance.
Compete in a blind draw competition, attend a seminar or just stop by during open play. Seminars are presented by Wade Wilcox, a member of the 1995 World Cup team and competitor on the national and international darts circuit. During seminars, Wilcox will explain the equipment and rules of the game, demonstrate throwing techniques and discuss the background of darts as a pastime sport. Registration for Blind Draw Darts Competitions is required and will start at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There is a $5 entry fee to compete and top finishers receive a cash prize.
Cúl Camp NEW
Kick-off the 2015 Dublin Irish Festival with the first ever Cúl camp. Gaelic sports clubs from Columbus and Cincinnati will have interactive stations in the Greenfields Sports Area. Hurling, Gaelic football, Irish road bowling, and more will be included. Expect to learn how to strike and lift a Sliotar, dribble and score a Gaelic football and throw a road bullet. Activities are free and fun for all ages.
Amateur Boxing Showcase NEW
Did you know, over 20 Irish and Irish American boxers have been Champions of the World in their weight classes? Jake Kilrain, John L. Sullivan, Paddy Duffy, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, and James Walter Braddock were all household names during their prime.
For the first time ever, the Dublin Irish Festival will commemorate Ireland’s rich boxing history. Visit the Greenfields Sports Area on Sunday to participate in fun boxing activities and watch live amateur bouts. Don’t miss the 88 piece exhibit, The Fighting Irish by the Ward Irish Music Archives. This traveling exhibit takes a look at all the Irish and Irish Americans that made the sport of boxing so popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Irish Road Bowling
This traditional Irish sport will be featured in the Greenfields Sports Area throughout the weekend. Stop by to learn the rules of the game and observe throwing techniques from a local club. Road Bowling has been a popular sport in Ireland for over 300 years. Historians are not clear as to its true origins, but it is believe to be invented by Irish soldiers who used the most readily available playing piece – the cannonball
Kids Gaelic Games
Start stretching, the Gaelic Games are going hands-on for Wee Folk! Hosted by local Gaelic athletes from around the region, this fun for the whole family activity is your chance to watch, learn and participate in the traditional Gaelic sports. All activities are specifically rendered for Kids. No registration is necessary to participate.
The Shepherds of Ireland have relied on trained canines to gather sheep from far-off hillsides for centuries. Watch a local shepherd and his trained herding canines maneuver sheep and geese through obstacles. Demonstrations are about 30 minutes long.