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Date
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Time
12:00 p.m.
Place
Armory Food & Event Hall
Cost
Free Event

Irish Festival Seattle is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with Irish Heritage Club (IHC).

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

Irish Week 2022 kicks off with in-person events for the first time since 2019 with the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday at 1:00pm and Irish Festival Seattle in the Armory Food & Events Hall at Seattle Center, March 12-13, 12:00pm-6:00pm.

The festival features non-stop Irish music, singing and dancing, booths selling Irish and Celtic products, Irish workshops, lectures, displays, children's activities, Irish language and genealogy workshops, a photography exhibit and more. Family-oriented activities include Irish Musicians and champion Irish Stepdancers from around the Pacific Northwest.

COVID-19 Protocols:
In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.

  • MASKING GUIDANCE
    • When indoors: All individuals must be masked, regardless of vaccination status.
    • When outdoors: Masks are no longer required. (as of 2/18/22)
  • VACCINATION VERIFICATION
    • As of 3/1/22: King County lifted its vaccination or negative test requirement to enter a bar, restaurant, gym or event.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 12, 12:00pm-6:00pm

ARMORY STAGE

  • 12:00pm-2:00pm: Cavort Irish music
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm: Carroll- Henderson Dancers
  • 2:30pm-3:45pm: The Pride of Bothell Céili Band and Irish Set Dancers
  • 3:45pm-4:30pm: Irvington High School Choir, Fremont, CA
    • The Irvington High School Viking Choir is a group of students from all levels of choir who have joined together to tour and share their music with the community. They have students who are freshmen through seniors, beginning singers to advanced singers who have been in choir for 4 years. They are a family who learns together, plays together and sings together.
  • 4:30pm-5:00pm: Comerford Irish Dancers

ARMORY LOFTS

  • 1:00pm: Basic Irish Genealogy
    • Lecturer: Jean Roth, Irish Interest Section, Seattle Genealogical Society. Get some idea of the background of your Irish ancestors' family history. Get some idea of the background of your Irish ancestors' family history. We'll look some of the basic guides to research and major new resources that have recently become available to help you in your search.
  • 2:00pm: The Aran Islands by John Millington Synge with Joseph Lavy (Seattle Times Footlight Award winning actor)
    • Joseph Lavy will perform selections from Synge’s acclaimed account of the customs, folklore and the indomitable spirit of remote island communities who live in a never-ending give-and-take with the brutal, untamable beauty of the windswept and sea-battered landscape off Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast.
  • 2:00pm: Beginning Gaeilge (Irish Language)
    • Lecturer: Ciaran O’Mahony - Learn some basic words and phrases and pronunciations in Irish. Irish (Gaeilge) is the national and first official language of Ireland and is also an official language of the European Union.
  • 3:00pm: Irish Independence & the Fight for Freedom: A Personal Journey
    • Lecturer: Caron McMahon. Follow the journey of Caron’s grandfathers through the war of independence to the establishment of the Irish Free State and the Gardaí (police force) in 1923. One of her grandfathers was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood while the other grandfather was one of the first Gardaí recruits in the new Police force in 1923. Caron McMahon was born in Belfast, but the family relocated to Ennis Co Clare while she was a baby. She looks forward to sharing her family’s journey through Irish Independence and the Fight for Freedom.

OUTSIDE THE ARMORY

Saturday & Sunday, 1:00pm-4:00pm
DELOREAN AUTO SHOW

  • The futuristic-looking Irish-made DeLorean DMC-12 sports car that was made famous in the 1985 movie 'Back to the Future' will again be on display outside the Armory at the Seattle Center. 9,200 DeLoreans were manufactured in Belfast in 1981 before the company went bankrupt.
  • Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club members are a community of enthusiasts dedicated to preserving the DeLorean heritage by bringing the community together for social events and to exchange technical expertise. Visit pndc.org for details.


Sunday, March 13, 12:00pm-6:00pm

ARMORY STAGE

  • 12:00pm-2:15pm: Carrigaline Irish Music
  • 2:15pm-2:45pm: Carroll- Henderson Dancers
  • 2:45pm-3:15pm: St. Patrick's Day Parade Closing Ceremonies
  • 3:15pm-4:15pm: Tara Academy Irish Dancers
  • 4:15pm-6:00pm: Balladeer Bill Barnes

Raffle: Two Round Trip Tickets to Ireland

  • At 5:30pm on Sunday, March 13 at the festival, a lucky person will become the winner of a coupon for two Round Trip tickets direct from Seattle to Dublin on Aer Lingus. Tickets at $5 each can only be purchased in person from an Irish Heritage Club member – they cannot be sold online – and ONLY 1,000 TICKETS ARE BEING SOLD. Pick up your tickets at any of the Irish Week events or at the Irish Heritage Club booth. You do not have to be present to win but you must buy a ticket to have a chance of winning. Ádh mór - Good luck!!

ARMORY LOFTS

  • 1:00pm: Basic Irish Genealogy
    • Lecturer: Jean Roth, Irish Interest Section, Seattle Genealogical Society. Get some idea of the background of your Irish ancestors' family history. Get some idea of the background of your Irish ancestors' family history. We'll look some of the basic guides to research and major new resources that have recently become available to help you in your search.
  • 3:00pm: Beginning Gaeilge (Irish Language)
    • Lecturer: Ciaran O’Mahony - Learn some basic words and phrases and pronunciations in Irish. Irish (Gaeilge) is the national and first official language of Ireland and is also an official language of the European Union.
  • 3:00pm: Irish Independence & the Fight for Freedom: A Personal Journey
    • Lecturer: Caron McMahon. Follow the journey of one of Caron’s grandfathers through the war of independence, the 1916 Easter Rising, the establishment of the Irish Free State and origins of the Gardaí (police force) as it relates to her family. One of her grandfathers was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood while the other grandfather was one of the first Gardaí recruits in the new Police force in 1923.
  • 4:00pm: The First Kennedys – A reading and book-signing by author Neal Thompson.
    • Based on genealogical breakthroughs and previously unreleased records, The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty is the first book to explore the inspiring story of the poor refugee couple who escaped the Irish famine and came to Boston where they created a life together in a city hostile to Irish, immigrants, and Catholics, thus launching the Kennedy dynasty in America.

OUTSIDE THE ARMORY

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, ~2:30PM
Seafair Pirates “MOBY DUCK”

  • Starting her life as a 1944 vintage amphibious landing craft, “The Moby Duck” came to the Seafair Pirates in 1954. Adorned with a writhing Chinese dragon, the now world-famous Moby Duck made her debut in that year’s Seafair celebrations, and the Seafair Pirates have maintained and operated the Duck at their expense ever since.

FESTIVAL VENDORS

  • Apple Cox Design
  • Celtic Crossroads Northwest
  • Make It Feison
  • Over the Line Art
  • Elfstone Celtic Jewelry
  • The Celtic Jewelry Studio
  • Dwiggins Illuminations
  • Into Totes
  • Shawn O’Donnell’s
  • Sean’s Celtic Creations
  • Gently Used Irish Books

2022 Irish Festival Poster

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