Sunday Mass

Join us Sunday at 6:00 p.m. for Mass held in Bellarmine’s chapel. Our Lady of the Woods is one of Bellarmine’s hidden gems – a lovely little church in a lovely setting.

A shuttle transport will be provided for those not up to a little hill-climbing.

Children’s Area sponsored by Kroger

logo_KrogerThe Louisville Irish Fest provides many activities for the little leprechauns and fairies!

Fun, Fantasy, Fancy Feet and new Friends!

For a little bit o’fun, the kids can enjoy face painting, coloring contests, putting green, inflatable obstacle courses (one for younger and one for older kiddos)!

New this year is a scavenger hunt that will take the wee ones to multiple areas in the Bellarmine Quad (with parental accompaniment, of course) to collect stamps of their journey through the Fest.  Every child with a completed “passport” will be given a prize!

To truly feel as if you’ve “crossed the pond”, pretend to be in dear old Ireland when you step behind an Irish Themed character cut out…perfect photo opp Mom and Dad!

New Friends can be found around many of the rolling hills of Ireland—have your picture made with your new friend and favorite Green Ogre, SHREK, other characters from the Emerald Isle may also make an appearance to entertain the crowds!

Please do not leave the wee ones unattended. Neither the Fest nor its volunteer workers are responsible for injury.

Many thanks to Kroger for being our new sponsor for the 2017 Louisville Irish Fest Children’s Area.

Derby Boys

2017 Performer

The Derby Boys are named for the hats that are so popular on St. Patrick’s Day and for the Kentucky Derby which is held on the first Saturday in May in our hometown. The Derby Boys concentrate on pub songs and use a variety of instruments (banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, hand-drums, flute, whistle, and the male voice!) to capture the spirit of Ireland’s beloved ballads and drinking and rebel songs.

Doctors advise consuming the Derby Boys with a moderate dose of Guinness or Harp!

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Louisville Pipe Band

2017 Performer

The Louisville Pipe Band is in good standing and recognized by the Midwest Piping Association as a competitive and performing Bagpipe Band based in Louisville, Kentucky.

LouisvillePipeBand_2016_LogoMembers are drawn from throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.

The band performs at community and corporate events, weddings and festivals in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The band successfully competes in several Highland Games each year and its individual members are often found among those placing in the top three in their respective solo competitions.

The Band is a charitable non-profit corporation and is financially sustained by performance fees, private donations and corporate sponsorships to facilitate teaching programs and travel to competitions.

The Band’s accomplishments include:

  • Competing in the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland
  • Participating in the 10,000 Piper Millennium Parade in Edinburgh
  • Presenting a concert at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center with special guest and world class solo bagpiper, Alasdair Gillies.
  • Playing at the opening and the closing ceremonies for the PGA Ryder Cup held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The Louisville Irish Dancers

2017 Performer

The Louisville Irish Dancers are a non-competitive, practice and performance based dance school with classes for both experienced and beginners, ages 10 through adult.  We were formed in January 2013 as a sister school to the Lexington Irish Dancers, founded by a former Lexington dancer. Our mission is to cultivate a love of Irish Dance in a non-competitive atmosphere. Our Instructor, Shannon Huelsman, has 17 years of Irish Dance experience. Our classes are separated based on ability, not by age, so that family members may dance together.  We have several mother-daughter groups that dance. We perform at several events around the Louisville, Kentucky area.

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Feckless Fear Dearg

2015 Performer

Feckless Fear Dearg was founded in January 2012 to provide Irish music to the pubs of Bowling Green Kentucky. From our humble beginnings in the pub to playing big cities and festivals, Feckless has taken off like a rocket. Combining the old traditional tunes and ballads with their new original tunes, Feckless Fear Dearg offers a wide variety of melodies and rhythms and sounds while maintaining a stong Celtic vibe. With the release of their first record Nov 9 2012 the Feckless army grows ever stronger and marches toward their next project which will consist of all original music!

2016 Entertainment Schedule coming soon.

Robert Tincher

2017 Performer

Robert Tincher first experienced the traditional music of the British Isles during the summer of 1973, as a University of Kentucky student visiting England and Scotland. It’s been his passion ever since. Over the years, he’s worked with several Celtic bands and as a solo performer.  His singing and musicianship are widely respected.

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Hewn From The Mountain

2017 Performer

Hewn From The Mountain is a band based in Oldham County, Ky. The group specializes in traditional and contemporary Irish, Celtic, Appalachian, International Folk, Bluegrass, & Americana music. Members Tom McShane, Valerie Keller, Tim State and Tom Roller will keep you entertained with tight harmony vocals and a wide variety of instruments including violin, viola, whistles, flute, piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer and an array of percussion instruments.

Hewn From The Mountain takes its name from a Crestwood, KY-based musical instrument shop of the same name. The business is owned by band member Tom McShane, who is also a master luthier. A Hewn From The Mountain show will take you on a foot tapping journey through traditional Irish jigs & reels to contemporary songs and ballads.

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2016 Performer

You could call Lachlan something of a Simon and Garfunkel of Celtic music”

~ Lafayette Journal and Courier 


Lachlan is a Celtic music duo rooted in fast paced traditional melodies and stories of the Celtic isles.

Lachlan has been playing Irish and Scottish music from as far as north as Chicago for the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest, Indiana and as far south as Maryville, Tennessee near Knoxville for the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games.  Even though Lachlan only has two members people are pleasantly surprised by their huge sound.  They are loved for their driving bass beat and melodic high ends.  The duo is perfect for any venue from small bars to outdoor amphitheaters.  Lachlan can get any group to join in on their audience participation song and get them dancing to their tunes.


Raised at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Morganton, Matt Hill’s music is strongly influenced by his Scottish ancestors who settled the region more than 100 years ago. The jigs, reels, and airs of Scottish traditional tunes inspired Matt to study abroad at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. He studied Highland bagpipes and tin whistles with internationally acclaimed Scottish musician, Finlay MacDonald.

Matt spent time in Amsterdam, Netherlands studying percussion under several world-class percussionists including Nancy Zeltsman, Jack van Geem, and Theodor Milkov. In May 2011, Matt graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in percussion performance.

The real events of life, love, relationships, and nature inspire Matt to write and share how he understands the world. Matt’s debut EP entitled, “Stories Often Missed”, released in April 2011, shares these stories that often go unnoticed.


Born and raised in Southern Indiana, Josh started learning to play various musical instruments from the age of 11. Soon after while attending high school, Josh learned to play the Great Highland Bagpipes and playing with the Louisville Pipe Band. Josh discovered his love of Irish tradition music while performing on the Irish low whistle and flutes at the local pub in Louisville, KY. After graduating high school, Josh began to play the Irish Uilleann pipes and hasn’t looked back since.

Josh has played in many Irish ceili bands, and was a founding member of the band Splitbow. He has played in many festivals such as the Louisville Irish Fest, and Berea Celtic Festival.

Josh has since then been studying to become an uilleann pipe maker.  His website for Uilleann Pipe making is  He currently plays on pipes that he built.  Josh’s playing is greatly influenced by Lunasa, Solas, and John McSherry.


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