Adapting to Irishfest Closure During the Pandemic

Celebrating Irishfest Remotely

We received a package in the mail recently from our good friends, Mike and Mary. It included a “singing” card, CD with Irish music by Eddie Delahunt and a shiny three-dimensional shamrock. When the card was opened, it sang “When Irish Eyes are smiling” with gross hiccups and belches in between! Mary had crossed out “Happy St. Patrick’s Day and wrote in “KC Irishfest 2020 Style.” We got the biggest kick out of it!

I’m not sure where they found the St. Patrick’s Day card, but maybe Mary is like me and buys cards ahead of time, just in case.

So, why did we receive this package? First of all, Mike and Mary are very creative, considerate people. Mike is my “brother from another mother.” His sister was my best friend from 2nd grade until her untimely death in 1985 when she was living in Mexico City and the earthquake hit.

Mike and I are both the last of our families. Growing up, Mike wasn’t my favorite person. He seemed aloof and too serious. My friend’s other big brother was much more fun and entertaining. Now, we both are “orphans” having lost our parents and siblings. We’ve “adopted” each other and our spouses get along great, too.

Mike and Mary enjoy Irish music and would to Irish festivals all over the country, even though they are both of Polish descent. My husband and I have gone to the Kansas City Irishfest which was held every year over Labor Day weekend. In 2007, we were walking around the festival and we spied Mike and Mary! We didn’t realize they attended the KC fest, too! After that encounter, we agreed we’d met up with each other every year. With the pandemic closing many events, we were disappointed that we’d miss it this year.

What a surprise to find the package full of fun Irish things in the mail!

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I’m Back!

Just when you thought it was safe!

Today, Dennis and I attended the Hooley at the Firehouse near 60 & Grover. This is our third year. (I thought it was only our second, but Dennis corrected me. Good thing I have him around to set me straight! He’s the accountant so he knows stuff like that. I can barely remember where I was yesterday! My head is in the clouds most of the time. We make a good pair. I bring joy into his life and he brings budgeting into mine. I drive him crazy and he puts up with it. We’ve been married for over 40 years, so I guess it works.

The Hooley was fun. Lots of good music by the Shenanigans, a band with five guys, a father and sons and couple other guys. They’re played at the last two Hooley’s we’ve been to.

Lots of Irish dancers from Dowd’s. The guy who sat next to me marveled at how the girls could dance, hopping around with the wigs on. “How do they stay on?” he asked more than once. Maybe it’s fairy magic.

Irish stew was on the menu and it was delicious. Desserts included. Total cost: $10 each. Beer was extra. slainte

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Summer Irish Music Events

It’s another great summer for Irish music! We made our hotel reservations for the Kansas City Irish Fest coming up over Labor Day weekend. The Westin and Sheraton usually offer good rates if you reserve early.

I am having surgery next week so I may be incapacitated for a while. Keep checking back, though, because I’ll post eventually! I’m not very timely sometimes, but keep the faith! I’ll be back!terminator

June 14  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

June 16, 17   The Wild Colonial Bhoys at the Dubliner, 9:30   $3 cover

June 21  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover
June 23, 24  Connor Dowling at the Dubliner   9:30,  $3 cover
June 28  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover
June 30,  July 1  T.B.A. at the Dubliner

Bag pipers outside Aviva

July 5  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

July 12  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

July 14, 15  Damien McCarthy at the Dubliner,  9:30,

July 19  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

July 21 – 23   Cleveland Irish Festival
July 26  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover
July 28, 29 The Kelihans at the Dubliner, 8:30,  $5 cover

Listen to them

Aug 4 – 6  Iowa Irish Festival, Waterloo

Aug 4 – 6  Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival

Aug 11 – 13  Minnesota Irish Festival

Aug 17 – 20   Milwaukee Irish Festival

Sept 1 – 3  Kansas City Irish Fest
Ellis Island outside

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May Music

My computer crashed while I was in Chicago. I’m slowly getting it back up, trying to get all my “old” stuff back where I can work on it again. I apologize for not being “up to speed.” It has been an interesting time! I had to reload the software which changed some of my prior functions. There are things I used to be able to do, shortcuts, etc that are no longer available to me. But, there are some new things that have popped up, too. So, I’m relearning things. Thank you for sticking it out with me! 


Thanks to Jim Peistrup for the information. It’s amazing how he keeps us informed on the “happening Irish music” in town! We run into Jim and Judy at many events, even in Stanton, Nebraska. They are troopers. Here are the latest dates he sent me:

May 5-6  Wild Colonial Bhoys at the Dubliner  9:30, $3 cover

May 10 Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

May 10, 11, 12     7:30pm-9:30pm   Brigit St Brigit Theatre 7:30-9:30 Presents Mary Stuart at the Joslyn Theater. Freirich Schillet’s play Mary Stuart about Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. For more information go to

May 12-13 Chance the Arm at the Dubliner 9:30, $3 cover

May 14 Flogging Molly at Sokol Hall 8:00 pm   Tickets at (Love these guys! Our “traveling music” to Chicago. I want this one played at my funeral as the casket is being rolled out!)

May 17 Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

May 17, 18,19 12   7:30pm-9:30pm   Brigit St Brigit Theatre 7:30-9:30  Presents Mary Stuart at the Joslyn Theater.  Freirich Schillet’s play Mary Stuart about Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. For more information go to

May 18 Irish Dinner Cruise aboard the River City Star

  •          Adults $48
  •           Seniors (65+) $44
  •           Children 2 years – 12 years $23
  •           Wee Ones (18 months and younger) $4

1 ½ hour Irish dinner cruise on the Missouri River with entertainment by Dave Marsh, musician extraordinaire. Dinner buffets features shepherd’s pie, ale-battered fish, salad, sides, and dessert. Cash bar available.

May 19-20 Reggie Shaw at the Dubliner 9:30 pm $3 cover

May 24  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 pm – 10 pm, no cover

May 24-25 May 17, 18,19 12   7:30pm-9:30pm   Brigit St Brigit Theatre 7:30-9:30  Presents Mary Stuart at the Joslyn Theater. Freirich Schillet’s play Mary Stuart about Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. For more information go to

May 26-27 Dicey Riley at the Dubliner 9:30 pm $3 cover

May 31 Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 pm-10 pm no cover


Until we meet again.


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March Events


St Leo the Great parish 1920 N. 102 St is selling homemade Irish soda bread. Several varieties available. Usually have traditional bread with currants or raisins, but also cranberry, M&M, Reeses pieces, and others.
Suggested donation is $3.50 or more per loaf.
Benefits St Leo’s school.
A fresh batch is baked each Saturday for sale after weekend Masses.
Soda bread sales continue at the parish office daily from 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:00.

March 7 Omaha Pipes and Drums Free concert,  7 PM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,  84th and Pacific
Free will offering. St. Andrews is a great supporter of Irish music.

Mass- bagpipers process

March 8  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

The High Kings at Drexel Hall in Kansas City


March 10   St Patrick’s Day Gala
Omaha Irish Cultural Center’s 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Gala at the Paxton Ballroom at 1403 Farnam St

Includes dinner, speaker Maria Marron, Irish dancers and music.
This year’s guest speaker is Maria Marron, Dean of the College of Journalism
and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
She has a postgraduate diploma in education from University College in Dublin, worked in journalism and public relations in Ireland and served in administrative capacities at University College in Dublin.

Music by Eddie Delahunt.
Also appearing, Dowds Irish Dance Academy dancers.
Tickets $50 — limited this year, so please purchase early.
Tickets on sale now
March 10  Dicey Riley at the Dubliner at 9:30  $3 cover

March 11 St Patrick’s Day Parade
Starts at 10:00 AM
Come watch the bands, floats and costumed entertainers
Free parking at the Old Mattress Factory, 501 N 13 St, with free shuttle to and from parade courtesy of City Taxi

Post Parade Party at the Old Mattress Factory, 501 N 13 St immediately after the parade (approx. 11:30)

Music by Connor Dowling Shamrock candy dishParade Awards Shamrock candy dish Irish DancingShamrock candy dish Raffle Prizes      Corned Beef Sliders by Just Good Meats and Rotellas  $5 suggested donation includes raffle ticket  Additional raffle tickets,  $5.  All proceeds benefit Irish Charities of Nebraska.  Sponsored by the Reader and the Ancient Order Of Hibernians

March 11 Cherish the Ladies in Des Moines at 7:00 pm at the Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
Details at and

March 11 Dicey Riley at the Dubliner, $3 cover  Doors open at 8 AM  Dicey Riley plays noon to 4,  9:30 to 1:15


March 11, 7:30 PM & March 12, 2:00 PM  Brigit St Brigit Theatre presents an Irish play  Quietly written by Owen McCafferty.
Quietly is a story about what happened in a particular bar in 1974 as well as what happened in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the late 90s. It is a “powerful, “gripping” play about violence and forgiveness and the ‘spiritual lesson of time and healing. Venue – First Central Congregation Church, 421 South 36 St. Tickets  General admission $25, Students, Seniors 65 yrs + and military $20                                                                                                                               For tickets & reservations

                                                           Irish prayer plaque

March 12 Rivertown String Band 5pm – 6pm
Open to the public, no cover
The Living Stage at Hotel RL, just a little north east of 72 St & Grover 3321 S 72nd St., Omaha

March 12  Irish Music Concert, 2:30
Music by Greenblatt & Seay & Friends
$10 adults,  $5 students
Old Avoca Schoolhouse, 504 Garfield St. Avoca, Ne (The Village of Avoca is 3 miles east of Hwy 50 and 10 miles west of Hwy 75. It is 1 mile south of Hwy 34 (‘O’ St.). From Hwy 34 take the 13 C Spur (132nd St.) one mile south to the Avoca village limits. Turn left at the first paved road and go 2 blocks. The schoolhouse sits on the edge of the baseball field
in the northeast corner of Avoca.

Irish prayer

March 12  Desmond Egan, Irish Poet at the UNO English Dept.
College of Public Affairs & Community Service, room 101  3:00 PM, free and open to the public

March 12 Madonna School Fundraiser at the Brazenhead Dicey Riley plays 6 to 9

March 12  Lincoln Irish Dancers’ 19th annual Ceili (social public dance)
from 6pm-9pm at Auld Rec Center, Antelope Park, in the heart of Lincoln,
Live music by Paddywhack
Introduction class and ceili will be called by Catherine Sherer Bishop.
There will be a free ‘basic steps’ intro class from 5:30-6:00pm.

Ceili (KAY-lee) in the Irish language means gathering or party where villagers get together in a home or pub to play music and dance. In Ireland they take an intermission with tea and scones. We serve an assortment of baked goods, including Irish soda bread.
A raffle of many authentic Irish and Celtic items.
If you don’t care to dance, then sit back and enjoy the music.

Tickets at the door: $10 for adults, $7 seniors/students 12 & up, $5 age 5-11 and free for children under 5.  There is a family cap of $30.
Visit and find us on Facebook.

Irish dancers getting ready

March 12  the Shamrock Shuffle 5k  at 10 AM
at the Railyard in Haymarket, 350 Canopy Street, Lincoln  402-477-6767
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a run and an unforgettable after party!
Dress up as your favorite leprechaun or just be ‘wearin’ of the green’!
Each registered participant will receive a shirt, free beer (for those 21 or over) and a commemorative medal. Awards overall and by age group.
An “after party” with Irish music, performance by the Lincoln Irish Dancers at 11am, a costume contest, photo booth, and many restaurants with food specials.
Preregistration is required for the run with a cost of $30.

March 13  7:30 PM  The Brigit St Brigit Theatre presents Amhren (Ow-Rahn), Irish for a song which usually comes about from an old story or legend. This playful evening brings together the gifted musician and singer Jill Anderson with resident Irish storyteller Barry Murphy who will bring your favorite Irish songs and the lilt of the stories of from which they sprung. Venue – First Central Congregation Church, 421 South 36 St.                     General admission $25, Students, 65+ yrs, military $20                                                                   For tickets & reservations

March 14  7:30 PM The Brigit St Brigit Theatre presents visiting Irish poet Desmond Egan Athlone-born Egan has been called the most acclaimed living poet in Ireland, and we are honored with this very special visit from him.Introduced by Hugh Reilly, Mr. Egan will read from his exquisite and elegantly-rendered poems. Venue – First Central Congregation Church, 421 South 36 St.  General admission $25, Students, 65+ yrs, military $20                     Tickets & reservations

March 16  Dicey Riley (Note: Thursday, not their usual Wednesday date)
at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

Archbisop Lucas, Fr Clifford Stevens, Fr Steven Boes, maybeMarch 17 St Patrick’s Day (Friday)
Archbishop Lucas Lenten dispensation-You can have corned beef and
cabbage without fear of losing your soul! But if you eat meat on St. Patrick’s Friday, you must abstain on March 18. (Reference:  Catholic Voice, Feb 17 edition)

March 17  Irish Mass 11 AM
Sing-a-long at 10:30 AM
Holy Cross Church, 4810 Woolworth


March 17  Lots of music at the Dubliner, $5 cover
Doors at 6 AM                                                                                                                                        Connor Dowling 9 AM to noon                                                                                                          Dicey Riley 2 to 6 and 7 to 11

March 17 Omaha Pipes and Drums  Check
their schedule on

March 17  Pog Mo Thon at Shamrock’s Pub, 5338 N. 103 St. noon to 8PM
Another band, TBA, from 9 to close.

March 17 General Guinness and the Stout Boys featuring Terry Keefe
at McFarland’s 710 P St. in Lincoln from 10:30-1:30. Music continues with three more bands starting at 5 and running until 1:30 AM


March 17  Lincoln Irish Dancers perform at the Parthenon Restaurant,
Edgewood shopping center at 56th and Highway 2 in southeast Lincoln.
Three shows, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30pm
Enjoy the fabulous Greek food or traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage.
Bagpipers and the Lincoln Irish Dancers with perform.
Advance reservations are highly encouraged.  402-423-2222

March 17 Maloney’s Irish Pub on N.72 St. Ninth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
NO COVER! Must be 21+ to enter.
Opens at 6 am. Heated tent and cold beer!
6am- 10am: Breakfast (Green Pancakes)
11-11 Corned Beef and Cabbage served $8/plate
Comes with Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots.
Noon-3 Steven Monroe will perform acoustic favorites in the tent
1-4   Budweiser Personalized Glass Etching
4-6   Bushmills giving away prizes.                                                                                                             7-9   2 Gingers Irish Whiskey giving away prizes.                                                                              7pm- Connor Dowling perform

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March 17  The Brazenhead opens at 6 AM
Irish dancers, face painting, and that great Brazenhead food.
Music by Buttons, Keys, and Strings,  9:30 to 1:30
Ellis Island, 2 to 4:30 and 5 to 9
Funk Trek plays funky jazz instrumentals at 10

March 17 ️☘  6 to 9, no cover
Rivertown String Band
American Legion Post 1, 78th and Davenport across the street from the Brazenhead.

March 17 Trinity Irish Dance Company of Chicago at the Lincoln Lied Center at 7:30
Terri Heckman will be giving the pre-performance talk at 7pm.
Tickets still available at or call #402-472-4747.

March 17  7:30 PM
March 18  7:30 PM
March 19  2 PM    
Brigit St Brigit Theatre presents an Irish play  Quietly written by Owen McCafferty. See above March 11 listing information.
Tickets & reservations

March 18  St. Patrick’s Church Fundraiser, 6126 Morrill Ave, Lincoln
Kid’s carnival & games, raffle, lunch/dinner buffet, entertainment, open bar.
Irish Fun & Music beginning at 11am
11:00   Lincoln Irish Dancers will perform for 30 minutes and then teach an Irish dance to audience members.                                                                                                                                   12:00 Bill and Gwenn                                                                                                                           1:00 Capital City Dance Shack                                                                                                             2:00 Lincoln Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums                                                                                     3:00 Paddywhack                                                                                                                                 4:00 Plain Label                                                                                                                                  5:00 Lincoln Ukelele Group

Irish Meal   Corned Beef and Cabbage or Ham and Scalloped Potatoes
Food Served from 11:00am – 6:00pm
St. Patrick’s Gym/Social Hall
Adults – $9.00 Children – $6.00
Children’s Carnival   St. Patrick’s School  11:00am – 4:00pm
Games, Face Painting, Balloons and Bingo
Fun & Dance Music by “Complete Music” 7:00 – 10:00                                                                   St. Patrick’s Gym/SocialHall                                                                                                                  Tickets at the door  $2/person; $10/family; children under 3 free                                                 Under 17 years, must be accompanied by parent                                                                                       “Pot O’ Gold”  $2,000 Raffle   Tickets $1   Drawing at 10:00pm


March 18 Dubliner  Dicey Riley at 9:30 $3 cover

March 18  McKinney’s Pub in the Haymarket in Lincoln (8th and P Sts.)
hosts the Lincoln Irish Dancers at 7pm.

March 18 Gaelic Storm at the Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
For details see

March 19 Bill Staines House Concert at 3 PM at the home of Chris and Mindy Hunke, 1323 S. 51 St, Omaha
Tickets are $15 if you purchase in advance, or $20 at the door with a reservation. For tickets, go to:

March 21 7:30
& March 23 7:30
  The Brigit St Brigit Theatre presents
Turbulent Times: Growing Up In Belfast
Born in ’70 and ’72 in Belfast, Niamh and Cliona Murphy grew up in midst of the violent and dangerous “Troubles” there, that were still raging when they came to the US in their mid-late teens. Hear them tell their stories and answer questions in this fascinating and unusual first-person glimpse of what it was really like.                                                            Venue – First Central Congregation Church, 421 South 36 St.                                             General admission $25, Students, 65+ yrs, military $20                                                          Tickets & reservations

March 21 Gaelic Storm
at Fitzgerald Theater, St Paul
For details see

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March 22   Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

March 22 Gaelic Storm
at the Englert Theater, Iowa City
For details see

Mamedia3rch 24  Ellis Island is back!
Kick up your heels with dinner and dancing at 7 PM.
The Red Coach Inn, Red Oak Iowa.  Only 70
minutes from Omaha



March 24-25 Reggie Shaw at the Dubliner 9:30  $3 cover

March 24  7:30 PM                                                                                                                             March 25  7:30 PM                                                                                                                             March 26  2:00 PM  Brigit St Brigit Theatre presents an Irish play  Quietly written by Owen McCafferty (See above March 11 for info)

March 25 Paddywhack in Stanton, 7 to 10 at the Uptown Cafe, 801 10th St

March 27 Class to learn Irish folk dance with the Lincoln Irish Dancers
Great exercise! Complimentary class on Irish Ceili dance from 6:30- 8pm.                                    First Presbyterian Church at 17th and F Sts. Lincoln
Parking in back off of 18th St. or G St. and follow the signs once in the church.             Singles welcome – All ages welcome – no prior dance experience required.

March 29   Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead 7 to 10, no cover

March 31, April 1 Wild Colonial Bhoys at the Dubliner  9:30 $3 cover

April 4  The 5-week beginner lessons from The Lincoln Irish Dancers starts 6-7pm (age 10 and over).  Cost: $40 which includes an annual membership to LID. -Advanced class begins at 7pm (prior Irish dance experience required or permission by instructor).
Original new dances choreographed for LID will be taught during this class.                             A children’s class for younger ages 7-11 is from 5:30-6pm starting April 4.
Cost: $15, must pre-register for this class. Go to for more information.

April 7 thru 9 Stephen’s Green at the Brazenhead
Friday, Saturday, 8 to midnight, Sunday 6 to 9
Cover $3 each, $5 for couples.

April 7, 8 Avourneen at the Dubliner, 9:30, $5 cover

May 2 Celtic Women at 7 PM
Topeka Performing Arts Center, Topeka, Kansas
Details at

A final bit of Irish wisdom as you recover from your celebrations!


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Plan to attend the Hooley March 5th!

The Hooley 2017


An Irish Celebration for the Whole Community

In the spirit of all things Irish, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) are diligently preparing for The Hooley 2017! “Hooley” is Irish slang for a party or celebration. This Hooley is an Irish celebration for the whole family.  “The Hooley has become a key part of the St. Patrick’s Day season for Omaha. When everyone gathers at the Firefighter’s Hall, you can feel the excitement all around you. ” says Libby MacCarthaigh, Co-chair for The Hooley 2017.

In recent years, the LAOH has started the tradition of hosting The Hooley on the first Sunday of March to jump-start the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Omaha. We will start our day with a prayer and continue throughout the day with Irish music.   The Irish band,  Shenanigans, will take the stage to start us off.  Sprinkled in throughout the day will include Irish dancing by the Craoi na Tire Irish Dancers and the Dowds Irish Dance Academy.  We will end our day as it began, with a prayer and more Irish music provided by an Irish bagpiper.

And what would an Irish gathering be without food? Well the LAOH will have that covered as well. The menu for the day includes Irish stew prepared by Eddie’s Catering, dinner rolls from Rotellas, and hot dogs for those little ones who don’t want to eat stew. Along with Irish Beers, a full bar will also be available for beverages.

A silent auction and many raffles throughout the day will aid in raising money for the LAOH. Funds raised at this event are used to help support the missions of the organization, both in Ireland as well as here in Omaha.

The Hooley 2017 is open to the public, and will take place at The Firefighters Hall – 6005 Grover Street, Omaha on Sunday, March 5st from 12 noon to 6pm. Tickets will be available at the door: Adults $10.00, Children $5.00 and Family $30.00 (includes two adult tickets and up to four children tickets). Ticket prices include the meal.  MacCarthaigh adds “I think the coolest thing about the Hooley is having so many people from every background and heritage come together over stew and music. I love getting to share my heritage with new people.”


For more information regarding The Hooley or the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, contact: Kelly Hajek 712.540.6175 – Nancy Cary 402.541.8932 – Libby MacCarthaigh 505.559.0973

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Irish Music and Events Oct-Nov 2016

Oct 28, 29  Damien McCarthy at the Dubliner,  9:30,   $5 Cover
Damien McCarthy comes from Askeaton in County Limerick.

Nov 2  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM  no cover

Nov  4, 5, 6,  Stephen’s Green at the Brazenhead $3 cover $5 for couples.Friday, Saturday 8 to midnight, Sunday 6 to 9

Nov 4, 5 Chance the Arm at the Dubliner, 9:30,  $5 cover
outer wall of Old Dublin
Nov 6  Irish Genealogy Event at W. Dale Clark Library downtown, 2 PM
Research your Irish roots with Kevin Cassidy.
The program is jointly sponsored by the Omaha Public Library, the Omaha Irish Cultural Center, and the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society.
Free to the public    Register here:

Nov 9   Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM  no cover

Nov  9   Paddywhack at McFarland’s in Lincoln, 7 to 9

Dave Brazen Head

Nov 11, 12  Connor Dowling at the Dubliner, 9:30,   $5 cover

Nov 16  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM  no cover

Nov 18, 19  Damien McCarthy at the Dubliner,  9:30,   $5 Cover

Nov 23   Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM no cover

Nov 25 ,26  Dicey Riley at the Dubliner,  9:30   $5 cover

Nov 28  The Priests, musical trio from Northern Ireland

Benefit concert for CUES and St. Augustine Indian Mission.
Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas.
The performance begins at 7:00 PM.
Tickets start at $25.00. Tickets can be purchased online at,
by phone at (402) 345-0606 or in person at the Box Office, 1200 Douglas.

Nov 30   Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM  no cover

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September Irish Events and Music

Starts Tomorrow!! Sept 10, 11 Holy Cross Irish Festival

HALF  PRICE  tickets to the Holy Cross Irish Festival

Holy Cross Irish Festival:

Sept 10 Evening Adult show, I.D.’s will be checked
Music by Killigan and Connor Dowling

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door

Check out the website

Sept 11 is family day

11 AM Mass with bagpiper and Irish Hymns

Starting at noon Games, Food, Irish Culture and Music
Musical Performances by  Shenanigans, Susan Ritta, O’Connell’s Bridge

Celtic plaque

Thru Oct 2 Minnesota Renaissance Festival, every weekend  Shakopee, Minn  (suburban Minneapolis) About half of the music is Irish.

Thru Oct 16, every weekend Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs Kansas

Sept 9, 10  Damien McCarthy at the Dubliner,  9:30,   $3 Cover

Sept 9, 10, 11  Stephen’s Green at the Brazenhead, no cover   Friday & Saturday 8 to midnight, Sunday 6 to 9

Sept 11 Terry Keefe and  Dave Marsh at the Legacy Terrace (5700 Fremont) in Lincoln for the Terrace Town Carnival from 1-2:30 pm.

Sept 12  Lincoln Irish Dancers at First Presbyterian Church, 840 S 17th St, Lincoln, 6:30 – 8:00

Sept 14  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM  no cover

Sept 14, Sept 20, Sept 29, Oct 6  Irish dinner cruise on the River City Star at 6:30  Entertainment by Dave Marsh  adults $48, seniors $44,  children $23, little bitty children $4

Sept 16  Connor Dowling at Slatterys’ Vintage Estates–halfway to St Patricks 7-10PM

Sept 16, 17  Dicey Riley at the Dubliner, $3 cover, music at 9:30

10TH ANNUAL GREELEY IRISH FESTIVAL   Greeley, Nebraska  (north of Grand Island on Hwy 281)  SEPTEMBER 17TH 2016

Tickets $20 Plenty of free parking. Free shuttle rides from the parking areas to the gate.
This year’s entertainment includes:
The Elders,
Dublin City Ramblers,
Barley Juice
Omaha Pipes & Drums,
and Dowd’s Irish Dancers.

The TV tent will let you keep one eye on the Nebraska game.
There is also food, drink, Irish product vendors, and Irish cultural center.
Bring your own lawn chair.  For more information, visit
email or call (308) 428-5595.

Celtic plaque

Sept 18  Connor Dowling at the  Saint Columbkille Festival 5-9 PM

Sept 19  Official TALK  LIKE  A  PIRATE  DAY

Sept 21  Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM  no cover

Sept 21 Northern Man will present a concert at Creighton University Lied Center, 24th & Cass, Omaha Concert at 7:30, $10 admission, free parking

Sept 23, 24  Connor Dowling at the Dubliner,  9:30,   $3 Cover

Sept 25 Northern Man plays at Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa                                Starts at 3P.M. Concert is free. Bring your own chair.

Sept. 28 Northern Man will have an acoustical jam session @ Donohue’s 33rd and L  Music starts about 7:30 No cover

Sept 28   Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM  no cover

Sept 28 thru Oct 7  Celtic Thunder is appearing in several nearby cities

Sept 29 Northern Man will present an acoustical listening evening in the Robert Emmett Room at Brazenhead. Music starts at 7:30. Cover $10. Come early as this event is popular!

Sept 30 Northern Man will travel to Stanton, NE for dinner and music at the Uptown. For information and tickets, call the Uptown at 402-439-5100.

Sept 30, Oct 1  Reggie Shaw at the Dubliner, 9:30
$3 cover Friday, $5 cover Saturday 

15th century Brian Boru harp

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July 22-August 12 Area Music

July 22, 23 Avourneen at the Dubliner, $5 cover, 9:30 show

July 24 Gaelic Storm at The Waiting Room, 8 PM

July 27 Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM no cover

July 29, 30 Dicey Riley at the Dubliner, $5 cover, 9:30 music

Aug 3, Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM no cover

Aug 5, 6 Damien McCarthy at the Dubliner, 9:30, $5 Cover

Aug 5 – 7 Iowa Irish Festival
Waterloo, Iowa

Aug 9 Flogging Molly Sumtur Amphitheater, Papillion

Aug 10 Dicey Riley at the Brazenhead, 7 PM no cover

Aug 12 The High Kings at Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines, 8 PM

Aug 12, 13 Blues Festival at the Dubliner, $5 cover, music at 9:30

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