Upcoming Irish festival offers fun for all ages

Emma Polen | layout editor


The annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival is being hosted September 10-12th at The Lots in Sandcastle; there will be plenty of Irish foods and tunes!

Duquesne’s own Rev. Sean Hogan will be in attendance at this event. In fact, he will be giving Mass on Sunday, Sept. 12th, at 10 a.m.

Food vendors will provide traditional Irish cuisine, including an Irish stew bowl from Mairin’s Irish Kitchen and Shepherd’s Pie, Dublin Coddle and Bangers and Mash from McCarrick’s. Tara Tea’s booth will sell a unique assortment of alcoholic beverages including Irish coffee and Irish iced lemonade tea.

One of the main events at the festival is the live music. Performers will be circulating all day, and Gealic Storm will make an appearance Sunday afternoon. Other musical guests include The Wild Geese, a Pittbusrgh-based group that adds their own energy to old-school Irish pub music, and The Bow Tides, a trio of Gaelic Storm fiddle-players who are performing together for the first time in-person at the Pittsburgh festival.

Pittsburgh is also showing off its Irish tradition with other entertainment. The Shovlin Academy of Irish Dancing teaches traditional Irish Dance to students ranging from five-years-old to late teens. Irish comedians including Sean Finnerty — who made his debut as the first Irish comedian to perform on Jimmy Fallon’s the Tonight Show in 2019 — will also be present to share their western European humor.

All information about vendors and entertainment courtesy of pghirishfest.org