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    Milwaukee Irish Fest: August 14-17

    By Noreen Bowden | August 6, 2008

    The Milwaukee Irish Fest, the world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture, takes place this month. The festival is taking place from August 14 to 17, and over those four days more than 100 acts will take to the 16 stages.

    This year’s theme is Galway, and many Galway musicians, including the Saw Doctors, will be in attendance. The massive festival also includes a Gaeltacht, currach races, a dance tent, hurling, tug-of-war, and a hedge school. Exhibitions will focus on topics as diverse as the heritage of the Ulster-Scots, traditional music, historic and pre-historic landscapes, and the Galway Arts Festival. There will also be a Belleek pottery road show, a music shop selling instruments and music, a literary corner, an interactive exhibit on St Patrick, and much more.

    A summer school in the week leading up to the festival includes courses for adults on traditional basket weaving, aran knitting, wood carving, Irish language, step dancing, and a host of music courses.  There are also a variety of classes for children.

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