The Irish Fair is of Minnesota is a free event and requires no tickets! However, we do have a few ticketed events throughout the year.
Saint Paul Irish Arts Week Events
Saturday, April 21
1:00-3:00 p.m. –“Irish on Rocket Fuel: Accelerated Irish language learning.” $30 per person.
Professor Máirtín Cóilféir from St. Mary’s University in Toronto invites you to try his book-free and paper-free innovative immersive language technique. Everyone can learn Irish Gaelic with this fun method!
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org and bring a $30 check (made out to the Irish Fair of Minnesota) or cash to the class.
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. “Famine Ship Voices: A Dream Play.” $10 per person.
The Celtic Collaborative’s ensemble of actors and writers present an original made-from-scratch show evoking the history, folklore, mythology, songs, and memories of the shattering Irish Famine of 1845-1851.
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Céilí with Paul McCluskey and the Twin Cities Céilí band. $5 per person, $20 a family.
Traditional folk dances of Ireland with live music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Dances taught and called by Paul McCluskey!
Sunday, April 22
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Historic Bus Tour of St. Paul’s Connemara Patch. $30 per person. Limited to 30 participants.
The Celtic Junction Arts Center
Take a 1950s vintage bus to Connemara Patch and take a walking tour of the area with the ebullient tour guide Teresa McCormick.
Connemara Patch was an early poor Irish immigrant settlement. This area has a rich history. The dwellings have been torn down, but this location is currently part of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.
Wednesday, April 25
7:30 p.m. Frank O’Connor’s ‘The Genius’ performed by Gary Murphy. $20 per person.
Park Square Theatre, Proscenium Stage.
For one night only this special theatrical event is coming here all the way from Ireland! Actor Gary Murphy has been in television shows like The Tudors and Vikings. His one-man show is based off Frank O’Connor’s short story The Genius, which was originally adapted to the stage by Patrick Talbot. The Guardian, said “Frank O Connor’s hilarious childhood stories are beautifully adapted for the stage”. The performance garnered rave reviews after a seventeen-week tour of Cork, Dublin and Belfast.
Thursday, April 26
7:30 p.m. Christopher Fitz-Simon “Tyrone Guthrie in America: From Broadway to Minneapolis.” $10 per person.
Eoin McKiernan Library in the Celtic Junction Arts Center
Direct from Dublin comes Christopher Fitz-Simon, Ireland’s celebrated literary historian, author, and raconteur to read from his literary work Rise Above! Letters from Tyrone Guthrie. His work delves into the letters the letters of Irish director, Tyrone Guthrie, the famed founder of Minnesota’s Guthrie Theater. This book offers an intimate look at a man who made a lasting impression on the twin cities.
Saturday, April 28
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Uilleann pipes & Irish fiddle workshops. $35 per person.
Workshops by David Power and Willie Kelly, presented by the Center for Irish Music.