Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest 2016
Céad Míle Fáilte!
On behalf of the directors, volunteers and staff of Chicago Gaelic Park, we look forward to welcoming you to our 30th Irish Fest. We’re pleased to be able to once again bring you the best in Irish entertainment and the best value for carnival rides that you will find anywhere, all in a safe and comfortable setting with free on-site parking.
Our festival field and building will be full of music, dancing, theatre, games and fun, with enough variety to please everyone. Kids of all ages will enjoy unlimited carnival rides, along with magicians, clowns, ponies and a petting zoo. We will also be welcoming Gaelic Football and Hurling players, and hundreds of Irish dancers who will compete at the Chicago Feis. As always, I’m looking forward to seeing some new bands and some old favorites, but the only one I will mention by name is the one that has been performing for over 50 years. The Wolfe Tones, arguably the world’s most popular folk and ballad group, are often identified with Irish rebels, and they will be part of our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising. I’m very glad that they are joining us for Irish Fest, and I hope that you’ll join us, too.
This is our 30th Year hosting Chicago Gaelic Park’s Irish Festival which has been an anxiously awaited event on Memorial Day Weekend for over the last twenty five years. The reasons people look so forward to this event are as varied as the participants it attracts. For some folks Gaelic Park’s festival is the harbinger of the spring and summer festival and outdoor activity season. Just as Memorial Day Weekend is the first major holiday of the summer, Irish festival is the first major festival. After being cooped up all winter, the idea of enjoying great entertainment, delicious food and satisfying refreshment, in an outdoor setting is extremely attractive. The numerous exhibits, including a petting zoo, Irish dog and horse exhibition and sports contests are a refreshing change from the winter hibernation. For other people, Gaelic Park Irish Festival is a great value for family entertainment.
Come out and Enjoy the FUN!!!!
Interview with Festival Chairman Frank Bradley-DANIEL P. SMITH -For Sun-Times Media
Over the last 25 years, there’s a scene Frank Bradley’s enjoyed more than a few times at Irish Fest, the annual celebration of Irish culture and friendship at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest.
“When it’s a beautiful evening and the place is packed, I’ve been able to stand back on the stage and look out to see thousands having a good time and know I played a part in bringing that enjoyment to life,” said Bradley, one of the founders and principal leaders of the spring time ritual that enters its 27th year in 2013.