Cead mile failte…one hundred thousand welcomes to the 2014 Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival! We welcome you to the 31st edition of our festival held on the grounds of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury! Thirty-one years of fine music, dancing and celebration of our Irish heritage! The Festival Committee has been hard at work all year, listening to the feedback of festival goers and volunteers as we planned this year’s event. As a result we’ve brought back the carnival by Northeast Midways. And what’s a festival without great food options? We’ve expanded your culinary choices by adding several new food vendors. Back by popular demand on our Main Stage is the ever popular Savage Brothers Band appearing both Friday and Saturday evenings. On Saturday, catch the Men in Kilts contest on the Main Stage or enjoy a whiskey tasting in our Jameson Pavilion paired with a cigar from The SmokeEasy Cigar Parlor. Don’t forget to stop by the Celtic Café for a lovely cup of tea or an iced coffee! Visit the GAA booth and demonstrate your skills in the national sports of Ireland, Gaelic football and hurling. Learn a few Irish set dances at the Cultural Tent. There is truly something for everyone!
We would like to thank the Officers and Board of Directors of the Irish American Home Society; our sponsors, vendors and the many volunteers who make this event possible. Most importantly, we thank the Festival Committee who has spent countless hours planning this event. Your vision, dedication and perseverance are what keep this festival going strong in its 31st year! Each one of you is truly amazing and the simple words “thank you” hardly seem adequate!
Please join us in recognizing our Festival Honorees Jimmy and Vincent Staunton. These brothers were integral members of the Festival Committee from the beginning. Each has made many contributions to the Irish American Home Society and the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade over the years; working many hard and long hours to get the job done. We are grateful for your dedication and devotion to our Festival and the contributions you made to ensure it still exists some thirty-one years later!
Finally, thank you to all who faithfully attend the Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival. You have made this one of the premier Irish festivals in North America!
Maureen Kennedy Ray McKinstry, Jr. Festival Co-chairs
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