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Irish or No, You'll Have Fun If You Go

[Press Release] August 4, 2016- The 2016 Irish Fair of Minnesota, a three-day annual celebration of Irish heritage and cultujre, will be help Firday, August 14 on Harriet Island in Saint Paul, Minn. with approximately 100,000 attendees each year, this event is the largest free celebration of its kind in the nation. ... read more 

2015 IRISH FAIR OF MINNESOTA ANNOUNCES MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

[Press Release] May 29, 2015 - Musical Line-Up Includes Internationally-Known to Locally Grown

The 2015 Irish Fair of Minnesota, an annual celebration of Irish heritage and culture to be held August 7 – 9 on Saint Paul’s Harriet Island, is pleased to announce its roster of musical headliners. ...read more

Irish Fair of Minnesota Announces 2014 Dates

[Press Release] January 28, 2014

The 35th Irish Fair of Minnesota, a three-day celebration of Irish heritage and culture, will be held on Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10 on Harriet Island in Saint Paul, MN. With 100,000 attendees, this event is the largest free Irish Fair in the United States. ...read more

Sheep running amok all part of the hijinks at Irish Fair

MPR News August 11, 2013

At the Irish Fair of Minnesota in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon, six sheep escaped during a herding demonstration, bolting the ring, pushing through the crowd and running around Harriet Island. ...read more

INTERVIEW: Irish Fair in St. Paul

KSTP [video segment] August 11, 2013

KSTP interviews local Irish history author and coordinator of the event, Erin Hart, about the largest free Irish celebration in the country. watch video

Free Irish Fair on Harriet Island Aug. 9 - 11

KARE 11 News August 3, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Learn about your Irish background at this year's Irish Fair of Minnesota taking place August 9th through 11th at Harriet Island in St. Paul.
The Irish Fair of Minnesota is the largest free celebration of Irish culture and heritage in the upper Midwest and provides a fun family friendly event with lots of activities including music, Irish dance, Gaelic sports, and even a children's tent. ...read more

Beer, dancing and sheep herding at the Irish Fair

KMSP FOX News August 11, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - It's like a second St. Patrick's Day in St. Paul -- the Irish Fair is back on at Harriet Island until 7 p.m. Sunday.
It's been on Harriet Island for 12 years, but new attractions continue to be added to the mix. New this year is a literary pavilion where local authors with Irish ties sell their work. There's also a children's tent, and a ZeroK race that helps keep this large Irish celebration free for everyone. ...read more

Todd Walker shows off his legs at the Irish Fair

KMSP FOX News [video segment] August 11, 2013

It's the largest Irish cultural celebration in the nation -- the Irish Fair on Harriet Island has been going on for 12 years, and Todd Walker decides to compete in the "Best Legs in a Kilt" competition this year. watch video

Irish Fair Is Free, So Head On Down

CBS Local News [video segment] August 10, 2013

Interview wth John Cosgrove watch video

WATCH: Hounds Of Finn Perform At WCCO

CBS Local News [video segment] August 10, 2013

Interview with and performance by Hounds of Finn watch video

Aristea Attempts Irish Dancing

CBS Local News [video segment] August 10, 2013

Irish Dancers teach news anchors traditional Irish dancing watch video

Irish Fair

Twin Cities Live [video segment] August 9, 2013

Twin Cities Live segment on The Irish Fair of Minnesota watch video

6 P.M. Weather Report

CBS Local News [video segment] August 9, 2013

Chris Shaffer does the weather report from the Irish Fair watch video

Sizzling Summer' weekend suggestions

KARE 11 News August 9, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The prep has been underway all week for a huge event at Harriet Island in Saint Paul, many of you probably already know what it is, but for those of you that don't think McKnight, McGovern's and Mac just about anything else, but first the list of 11 could start and stop with county fairs alone. ...read more

Kevin Kling's 'Humanimal' opening; Irish Fair and Polish Festival

MinnPost August 9, 2013

For seven straight years, Kevin Kling, storyteller extraordinaire and MPR artist-in-residence, has been invited by Open Eye Figure Theatre to create an original work of his heart’s desire. Drawing inspiration from Jack London’s “White Fang” and “Call of the Wild,” Kling’s latest, “Humanimal,” which opens tonight, explores the lives of humans with their animals (or is it the other way around?). ...read more

Table Talk: Weekend Update

Star Tribune August 9, 2013

FRIDAY-SUNDAY: There are plenty of shenanigans happening this weekend on Harriet Island in St. Paul at the Irish Fair of Minnesota, but the ones to note here are of the food variety... Shepherd's pie, corned beef sandwiches, bangers and mash, soda bread, fish and chips, Guinness barbecued pull pork sandwiches......read more

Weekend options: Irish Fair, Igbo Festival

Star Tribune August 9, 2013

The nation’s largest free celebration of Irish culture. Music headliners include the Screaming Orphans, Full Set, the Tossers, Gaelic Storm and others. Sport events include rugby, sheep herding and Gaelic Football. Check out the fast footwork of Irish dancers, children’s activities, exhibits and displays. ...read more

Video: Live from the Irish Fair

KMSP FOX News [video segment] August 9, 2013

Traditional Dance preview watch video

Irish Fair of Minnesota: People who don't go will be green with envy

St. Paul Pioneer Press August 8, 2013

Minnesotans love to celebrate their Irish heritage, and not just on St. Patrick's Day. This weekend, thousands of folks will gather at Harriet Island for the Irish Fair of Minnesota, three days of Celtic-centric events and performances. ...read more

Big Gigs for Aug. 9-15: Big Time Rush, Yes, more

Star Tribune August 8, 2013

The annual Irish Fair offers lots of music, beer and all things Irish, including dancing, sports contests, baking competitions and genealogy. The big names musically are Gaelic Storm, the Celtic group from California that performed in the movie “Titanic,” and the Screaming Orphans, a quartet of sisters from Donegal whose repertoire includes traditional Irish folk and treatments of rock and country hits. ...read more

They're going Irish in St. Paul

KARE 11 News [video segment] August 8, 2013

Mike Wiley, Vice Chair/Entertainment Director of the fair, stopped in the studio to talk about the weekend, and brought with him The Screaming Orphans band. watch video

This year's Irish Fair will have a literary touch

StarTribune August 5, 2013

They say that Ireland has more writers per capita than any other country, right? And that St. Paul has more Irish people than any other ethnicity? (Except possibly Hispanic and German, but never mind.) So it makes sense that this weekend's Irish Fair on Harriet Island will add a Literary Corner to its demonstrations of dancing, music, sheepherding, rope-pulling and hurley. ...read more

Irish Fair Fun on Harriet Island

KARE 11 News [video segment] August 5, 2013

Michael Gibbons promotes the Irish Fair; cooking segment with Kierans Executive chef watch video

President Of Irish Fair: ‘We’re Giving Fun Away For Free’

CBS Local News [video segment] August 3, 2013

CBS News: Interview with Michael Gibbons watch video

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