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National Irish Festival 2016


Sat 22 Oct 2016, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sun 23 Oct 2016, 9:00am–4:00pm

Where: St Patrick's College, 581 Evans Bay Parade, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $5.00
  • Children under 12: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: patriciagiven

Wellington set to host Irish arts and culture festival.

A range of traditional Irish music, dancing, song and sport will be on show in Wellington on October 22 and 23 as the capital hosts the National Feis 2016 at St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie.

First hosted in 1950 in Christchurch, the annual event features hundreds of competitors taking part in national Irish dancing competitions, singing and oratory demonstrations and the traditional Irish sports of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.

Hosted by the Wellington Irish Society, the weekend’s events are open to the public and will include a range of activities for children of all ages, as well as a variety of food and drink options. Wellington Irish Society President, Jackie McCully said the weekend’s festivities provided a great opportunity for Wellingtonian’s to enjoy some traditional Irish entertainment.

“Many of the participants in the national feis have practising all year, with many of them travelling from throughout New Zealand to take part. The Irish community in New Zealand has a great tradition of running exceptional arts and culture events and the Feis is one event that brings it all together. As well as welcoming performers and families from around the country, we’re also encouraging locals to come down and sample the entertainment for themselves. They might even decide to give it a go,” said McCully.

This year the Wellington Irish Society is hosting the weekend’s ‘party’ at its Fifeshire Street location on Saturday 22 October which features live music and dancing, as well as a screening of the Bledisloe Test.

“It’s an honour for Wellington to host the national feis and we’re looking forward to a great weekend of activity, topped off with some traditional Irish craic.”

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