Get your Irish on! The Eugene Irish Cultural Festival kicks off on March 11 for its eighth year of celebrating Irish and Celtic culture. See Eugene Irish Fest.org for more info on workshops, activities, music and performances for the Mar. 11-12 festival:
Friday, March 11: Evening Concert, 8 p.m.
Head down to the University of Oregon’s Beall Hall with Kevin Burke and Cal Scott, opening musicians Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire.
- Ticket Prices: $13 for adults, $9 for children/students/seniors
- Purchase Reserved Seat Tickets in advance through tickets.uoregon.edu
- Purchase at the door: Friday evening at 7 PM at the ticket windows in the Beall Hall Lobby
Saturday, March 12: Eugene Irish Culture Festival
- Where: Sheldon High School
- When: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Entrance Fees: $10 for adults, $7 for student/seniors, free for children 5 years old and younger
- Workshops are free, but donations in any amount are accepted
Collen Raney’s Band will play a closing performance from 5-6 p.m. Colleen is well known for her beautiful voice in singing Irish songs. Zach Bordon and Colm Maccárthaigh will be with her on stage playing mandolin and bouzouki/guitar.
During Saturday there are also performances and activities that are included in your entrance fee. While these events are free, you still need to have a wristband, which you can get at the door:
- Family Activities
- Ceili Dance
- Story Telling by Yvonne Young
- History and Rules of Hurling
- Three Hurling Matches on the Sheldon Turf Field
- All Performances in the Auditorium
- New Celtic and O’Carolan Tunes (performed by Jodie St. Clair & Terry Orbeck)
- Harp Circle
- Ceili Mhor
A wide range of workshops is available:
- Irish Tunes on Flute and Tin Whistle – Hanz Araki
- Playing Guitar at an Irish Session – Cary Novotny
- Irish Dance Workshop – Maldon Meehan
- Introduction to Irish Music on Fiddle – Kathryn Claire
- All About Irish Music – Colm Maccárthaigh
- Basket Weaving Workshop – Sheila Tasker ($8 supply fee, more details)
- Irish Song Workshop – Colleen Raney
- History of the Irish Language – Ger Killeen
- Introduction to the Irish Language – Ger Killeen
- Irish Music on Fiddle – Kevin Burke
- Irish Music on Guitar – Cal Scott
- Decorate Leather with Celtic Knots – Peggy Hinsman ($22 supply fee, more details)
- The Next Step of Learning the Irish Language – Ger Killeen
- Genealogy – Resources for Tracing Your Heritage Back to Ireland – Dawn Carlisle
- Potato Famine to Bloody Sunday: Putting the Past in Context – Shaul Cohen
A few workshop notes: This is the current list, but is subject to change. Some of the workshops have a maximum limit of people who can take the workshops. We recommend that you register for the workshops you’d like to take ASAP. Your workshop tickets will be in a sealed envelope at the front desk when you get your wristband. You’ll pay for them there.
Would you like to volunteer for the festival?
Volunteer opportunities are available and your help is most appreciated. Sign up for the volunteer spot you’d like at the Volunteer section of Eugene Irish Fest.org. In addition to getting into the festival for free, you will also get one free workshop ticket (only you can use that ticket).
Food & refreshments available
Excellent Irish Food in the cafeteria! Food is provided this year by Alpine Catering.
Wonderful lattes, espresso, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, other drinks and baked goods are available in the Atrium by Espresso on the Move.
Check out the web site for the many details of the festival: Eugene Irish Fest.org