Thank You for Attending in 2017!

Thank you again for helping make the 2017 Louisville Irish Fest a success. We are in the process of revamping the upcoming Irish Fest to make it even better than before!
We are pleased to offer a one day Music Fest on September 30th at Flanagan’s Ale House from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  There will be live music, food options and the raffle drawing taking place at 7:00 pm.  A portion of the food proceeds with go to make the Irish Fest even more successful in 2019.  Come and join us as we celebrate with Irish Music, new and old friends of the Fest, and multiple raffle drawings throughout the day! 

Please read the attached letter from our President, Barbara Fields, explaining the postponement of the weekend Fest in 2018.  We appreciate everyone’s support as we work very hard to bring a fest we can all be very proud of.

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2017 Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to James Farrell on winning the trip to Ireland!  His name was drawn at the conclusion of the 2017 Irish Fest, on Sunday, Sept 24.

His trip package will include include airfare, car rental, bed and breakfast/accommodations for 7 days for 2 people.*

If you are as jealous of Jame’s luck of the Irish, don’t worry, you’ll be able to enter again for the 2018 Raffle!

Proceeds from the raffle fund a study abroad program to Ireland for a qualifying Bellarmine student.

This raffle is co-sponsored by

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Trish’s Dishes and More

“Creations in clay for everyday living”

The potter Trish Caudill offers wheel thrown functional stoneware.  All pieces are individually hand crafted with glazes and patterns created by the potter. The works that will be available are dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. Trish will offer pieces with Celtic knotting and Celtic influenced designs. Many of the pieces to be offered will be specifically created for this event.

Guinness Tastings!

The Louisville Irish Fest is proud that this year’s fest will feature a very special event where you can learn about the history of the Guinness Brewery AND sample a selection of 5 beers!

The tastings will occur on both September 23 and 24.


Tickets on sale at Main Entrance Food/Drink Tickets Booth.

  • Saturday at 2:00 & 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday at 1:00 & 4:00 p.m.

This event will be presented by Guinness Brewery Ambassador, Annie Redmond.

PRICE: Tickets $10/Session

You must be 21 years old to participate.


2017 Headline Performer

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.

“Timeless and flawless…”
— Jim Allford, PA Music Scene

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Dave Curley of Galway on mandolin, vocals, bodhrán, and step-dancing, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle.

RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD on Thursday, March 17th, 2016. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” — Marcene Bronson, The Celtic Crier

Find out more about RUNA at:

Click here for the 2017 Entertainment Schedule

Win a Trip to Ireland: 2018 Raffle


Take a trip to the old country and reconnect with your roots. Winners will receive a trip for 2 to Ireland (between Oct. 15, 2018 and April 1, 2019.)

Trip package can include airfare, car rental, bed and breakfast/accommodations for 7 days.*  Winner of the raffle will be drawn at the conclusion of the Louisville Irish Fest, you need not be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle fund a study abroad program to Ireland for a qualifying Bellarmine student.

Raffle ticket purchases are tax deductible.

Cost $5 per ticket or 6 tickets for $25

Raffle tickets can be purchased at Molly’s Celtic Center.

Molly’s Celtic Center
931 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, KY  40204
(Next to Molly Malone’s Irish Pub)

*Duration of the trip depends on the time of year the winner chooses to travel

Previous Winners!

Click on links for photo retrospective of their trips!

The 2018 Raffle Drawing will be held Sept. 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the 2017 Louisville Irish Fest.

This raffle is co-sponsored by

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Jannell Canerday & Adam Cecil

2017 Performer

Adam Cecil: Adam grew up in a family of musicians, and began playing classical and traditional Irish music at a young age. His love for Irish music stems from a love for sharing music with others without the pressure and rules of the classical style. He is currently studying chemical engineering at UofL.

Jannell Canerday: Jannell has been steeping in the overlapping worlds of folk music, bluegrass, and traditional Irish music for more years than she wants to say, and can be spotted with various rootsy bands around town, including na Skylark Trio and A Dram in the Attic.  She is continually inspired by the many ways people use music to connect with each other, and is grateful for every note she gets to share.

Click here for the 2017 Entertainment Schedule

Celtica Fae

2017 Performer

Fae of the realms have gathered to bring their own sound to Celtic and other realms of music for your listening pleasure.

Members are:

  • Kimberly Whallen — Oakley the Faerie
  • Dustin Kavich — Diuran Thistlegaard the Dryad
  • Pat Ahrens — Lafe Broadgulf the Satyr
  • Donald Caffery — Poppin McKracken the Leprechaun

More information available at:

Click here for the 2017 Entertainment Schedule