Irish Fair of Minnesota set for Aug. 11 to 13.



The Irish Fair of Minnesota will be held at St. Paul's Harriet Island Regional Park from Aug. 11 to 13.

The musical lineup includes "Gaelic Storm," the popular steerage band from the movie "Titanic;" "Scythian," a high energy rock band; "The Fuchsia Band," a crowd-pleasing "trad" band; two Celtic punk rock bands; "Lancaster County Prison" and "Seanchai & the Unity Squad:" and supreme balladeer and story teller, "Liam Clancy."

Authentic Irish fare for local Irish pubs and restaurants will be available as well as beer, ale, stout, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The pub tent provides comfortable seating in a shaded area. Guests can enjoy fish and chips, Irish stew, potato soup, Irish soda bread and new products made exclusively for Irish Fair.

Sunday morning 9 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Harry Flynn overlooking the Mississippi River, the downtown skyline and St. Paul Cathedral.

Irish Fair, in conjunction with the Center for Irish Studies, will also hold a summer school session at the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Six distinguished speakers in the fields of theater, music, history, education and literature will share their insights into Irish heritage. To register, go to www.irishfair.com and download the registration form, contact Patrick O'Donnell at 699-4936 or e-mail patrickodonnell@normandale.edu.

Irish Fair of Minnesota will run Friday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For a complete entertainment schedule, visit www.IrishFair.com.

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