Sláinte! Fairfield County Irish Festival @ Fairfield University

7 Jun

A few weeks ago we went to Ireland and it was one of the best trips of our lives.  The people were great, everything was beautiful, and the food (contrary to popular belief) was amazing.  We started in Dublin, then traveled to an ancient castle, flew some hawks, checked out Killarney, walked along the Cliffs of Mohr, visited the House of Waterford, and even were given an official certificate from Guinness saying that we are certified to pour the perfect pint, and so many more things we can’t even list here.  As our vacation drew to a close, we didn’t want to leave…no, not one bit.  Perhaps one of the most surreal moments happened when we were visiting the Dublin Writers Museum and a parade made its way past us.  We followed the Irish Independence Day parade around block after block, feeling a connection with all the people of Ireland as they remembered Easter 1916 when Ireland declared its independence from England.  How was it possible that two people from across the globe could make such a strong connection with a group of people they had never met before?  It just speaks to our need and love of freedom, wherever we are.

The parade through Dublin, remembering Easter 1916

The parade through Dublin, remembering Easter 1916

And, it’s with that beautiful spirit and enduring pride that the Fairfield County Irish Festival takes place for its 25th year at Fairfield University.  You can stop by June 14 (6-11 pm), 15 (noon-11 pm), or 16 (noon-8 pm)…a perfect place to take your dad for Father’s Day…just saying.  Don’t forget about dad!

When you arrive, you’ll need to pay admission which is pretty affordable:  $12 for adults, students $10, or buy a three day pass for just $20.  Kids under 16 are free with parents, too.  Now, onto all the great things to expect:



  • “How Many Shamrocks?” contest for kids on Sunday from 1-3
  • Learn how to hurl on Sunday from 12:30-1:30
  • Then, after there’s a hurling contest at the Sports Field with puck fada (long shot) or for accuracy.  Just $1 to enter and all proceeds go to the 1916 Memorial fund.
  • Play a round of Silver Anniversary Edition Irish Jeopardy on Saturday, 4:30 pm
  • Raffles for $5,000; $2,500; $1,250; $750; or $500 for 5 per ticket.  Drawing is 6/16 at 6 pm.
  • Irish soda bread contest on Saturday, 5 pm

Music and Entertainment


6:00-6:10pm Anthems
6:15-8:00pm Mighty Ploughboys
8:00-8:30pm Lenihan School Of Irish Dance
8:30-9:00pm Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band
9:00-10:45pm Jameson’s Revenge


12:00-12:10pm Anthems
12:30-1:45pm Pearl River School of Irish Music
1:45-2:15pm Lenihan School Of Irish Dance
2:30-4:30pm John Whelan
4:30-5:00pm Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance
5:15-5:45pm Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band
5:45-7:45pm Highland Rovers Band
7:45-8:15pm Lenihan School Of Irish Dance
8:30-10:45pm Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul


12:00-12:10pm Anthems
12:15-1:15pm Shamrouges
1:30-3:15pm Once Removed
3:15-3:30pm Scholarships and 25th Anniversary Celebration
3:30-4:00pm Lenihan School Of Irish Dance
4:00-6:00pm The Elders
6:00pm Raffle
6:15-6:45pm Alumni Dancers
6:45-7:45pm Festival All Stars

Even more music and entertainment in the Cultural Tent, Pub Tent, and Children’s Tent.


Friday:  7:30-9 pm, Fairfield Prep vs Xavier Middletown

Saturday:  11:30-4 pm, Annual U8 Games

4-5:30 pm, New York Championship Football, St. Patrick’s CT vs Manhattan Gaels New York

5:30-7 pm, Senior Football Young Irelands, Philadelphia vs Tyrone Philly

Sunday:  12:30, Hurling clinic and hurling contest

2:30-3:30, Senior football game, St. Patrick’s vs. Philadelphia selection

3:30-5, The Donnelly Cup, St. Patrick’s U10s vs New York Celtics

25th Annual Fairfield County Irish Festival


Fairfield University

1073 North Benson Road

Fairfield, CT

Shuttle busses from Ludlowe HS, Fairfield Train Station, and Tomlinson MS.   

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