The Great Irish Hooley returns for four non-stop days of incomparable Irish food, live music and fun at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney August 30-Sept. 2.
Irish slang for a party or celebration, the Great Irish Hooley debuted in 2012 to such acclaim that it returns in 2013 with top Irish bands, music and dance workshops and Celtic fun for all in the family.
A lineup of celebrated Irish bands will play traditional, folk and rock tunes on the restaurant stage and outside on the pub patio. Families can participate in Irish dance workshops led by renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast and join in Irish Music Workshops with distinguished Dublin-born multi-instrumentalist Declan Masterson. Guests also can kick up their heels during structured set dancing called the Ceili (kay-lee) — a precursor to today’s country line dancing. Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages are on tap, as well.
“Last year’s hooley was such a success that we started planning early this year to invite the best of Irish bands and entertainers,” says John Cooke, a Raglan Road founding partner and native of Ireland.
Among the Great Irish Hooley lineup:
- Scythian (sith-ee-yin) will play kicked-up Celtic and world music infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility.
- Lisa Canny, musician-singer-songwriter from Ireland’s west coast will entertain with traditional and folk music featuring her contemporary flair.
- Elevation, the leading U2 tribute band on the planet, will rock the crowd with the best of U2.
During the celebration, guests can grab a table for authentic fare by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon or belly up to one of Raglan Road’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars.
More information to follow.
Sounds good I will be there on the 1st will need to go
:yes: We are thinking about going along as well although I should think it will be crazy busy.
Oh it will be. :yes: Everything Irish is crazy busy in this country, even the little local near us.
We've listened to the U2 Tribute Band at Raglan Rd, before. They are incredible! I'm usually not a fan of "tribute" bands (copy cats by any other name) but this group really does a nice job. The lead singer is no Bono, but he sure tries.
If you are going, be prepared to deal with crowds! :yes: