Kiss em, they’re Irish!
The 41st Annual Great Irish Competition is Irish-steppin’ into a brand new location in Brooklyn this Saturday — the Holy Title of Jesus Parish in Windsor Terrace.
The celebration of Irish tradition options a lineup of Irish step dancers, Irish music, bagpipe gamers and all the pieces Irish in between hosted by the Irish American Building Society, which focuses on connecting New Yorkers with Irish backgrounds with each other for enterprise alternatives, friendships and mutual improvement.
For the primary time in its historical past, this 12 months the occasion shall be held on the grounds exterior of the Prospect Park West church. The truthful was beforehand held in Coney Island and had its final 12 months in the seaside neighborhood in 2021, following a digital occasion in 2020 because the coronavirus pandemic shut down New York Metropolis. The Great Irish Fair had been held in Coney Island beneath the Parachute Bounce since 1983, two years after the occasion first launched beneath the Brooklyn Bridge in 1981.
This 12 months’s pageant will characteristic stay musical performances by The Screaming Orphans, the Hambones, The Diddly Idols, and the Canny Brothers Band, with energetic step-dancing by college students on the Buckley College of Irish Dance in Windsor Terrace and the O’Malley Irish Dance Academy in Marine Park.
The truthful, which marks the midway level to St. Patrick’s Day, will kick off with a 9am mass at Holy Title, with festivities to comply with at 11am. Every year, the pageant honors notable members of the group, and this 12 months, that custom can have a barely extra somber tone – James Houlihan, the proprietor of native establishment Farrell’s Bar, who was set to function the pageant’s Grand Brehon, handed away earlier this week.
“We send our prayers and best wishes to his family during this difficult time,” pageant organizers wrote on Facebook forward of the pageant. “Please join us this Saturday at the 41st Annual Great Irish Fair as we celebrate his memory.”
The Great Irish Fair has celebrated the Emerald Isle and its folks in Brooklyn since 1981, when the bash was held beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. It moved to Coney Island in 1983 and remained there for 39 years.
The 41st Annual Great Irish Fair kicks off at 11am on Sept. 24 at Holy Title of Jesus Church at 245 Prospect Park West between Prospect Avenue and Windsor Place in Windsor Terrace. Tickets are $25. Purchase tickets and get extra data online.