By Popular Demand,
Savannah’s Family-Friendly
Irish Festival Is Back!

From 11:00 am through 6:00 pm on Saturday, March 9th, 2019, Emmet Park — on Bay Street, Savannah (just above the river) — comes alive with Irish music, dance, food, and a “Kidz Zone.”

Celtic Ceol Feis revives the tradition that was Tara Feis — a Savannah institution for 26 consecutive years!

Padraig Allen & The McLean Avenue Band: The Very Best in Irish, Country, Rock, and Pop

ALSO: Harry O’Donoghue (Singer, Storyteller)

Legacy Irish Dance Academy • Tracie Brown (Irish Harpist) • Irish Dancers of Savannah • Kidz Zone

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Saturday, March 9th, 2019 • 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

11:00 am • Opening Ceremony


••• Opening blessing by the Bishop Emeritus of Savannah (and native of County Cork, Ireland), Most Reverend J. Kevin Boland DD
••• Presentation of the Colors
••• The Pledge of Allegiance, Led by Logan Smith, Tybee Island Maritime Academy
••• The National Anthem of Ireland (Amhrán na bhFiann), Performed by Harry O’Donoghue
••• The National Anthem of the United States of America, Performed by Molly Elizabeth Gibson
••• Official Remarks


11:20 am • Savannah River Dance I
Irish Dancers of Savannah

High-energy Irish dance from the multi-award-winning Irish Dancers of Savannah, directed by Maggie Sikes • Experience the diversity of the Irish dance repertoire, from jigs to reels to hornpipes — and more!

12:00 noon • Harry O’Donoghue (1st Set)

An accomplished singer of songs and teller of tales, Harry O’Donoghue is Savannah’s favorite Irishman • His easy, engaging stage presence is legendary • It’s no wonder that for years he’s topped the entertainment category in Connect Savannah’s Best of Savannah list • Fans revel in his quick wit, breath of musical knowledge, and masterful delivery, as well as his talent on the acoustic guitar and bodhrán (traditional Irish frame drum)


1:00 pm • Padraig Allen & The McLean Avenue Band (1st Set)

A blend of Irish and U.S. musical talent, the New York City-based McLean Avenue Band is led by Padraig Allen, scion of one of Ireland’s most respected music families • Get ready, Savannah, for a fun mix of traditional Irish, classic rock, and mainstream pop and country sounds from this crowd-pleasing group of performers • We’re thrilled to be bringing such high-quality musicians to Emmet Park, Savannah, for the reboot of our city’s outdoor, family-friendly Irish music festival, now known as Celtic Ceol Feis • One reviewer concluded that the band members’ “charismatic stage presence makes it impossible for them to be anything other than hugely entertaining” — we know you’ll agree!


2:00 pm • Savannah River Dance II
Legacy Irish Dance Academy

Boasting regional, national, and world medals in Irish dance, the Legacy Academy thrills, providing a polished stage show with lost of variety • Under the direction of Abbey Pride Wood, Legacy Academy dancers have performed with such legendary Irish acts as The Chieftains

2:45 pm • On Stage: Celtic Harpist Tracie Brown /// In SWA Tent: Meet The McLean Avenue Band

Our mid-afternoon slot offers two opportunities • On the performance stage, Georgia-based Tracie Brown demonstrates the versatility of the harp, an instrument that is also Ireland’s national symbol • Tracie