Irish Ceili

Céad Míle Fáilte – Welcome to the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival

THANK YOU, everyone who supported this year’s Festival. Whether through your financial donations, your skills as teachers or performers, your attendance at events, or your assistance to the planning team, you made our 29 th celebration of St. Patrick’s week yet another standout. All our events were enthusiastically attended, including the new participatory ones: knitting, baking, ukelele jam, pub singalong, and ‘slow’ music session. Our theme – the centennial of Ireland’s recognition by the USA as an independent country – was represented in an online presentation and discussion, ‘A Nation Once Again,’ which brought attendees from as far away as the Canadian Maritimes. And we’re still glowing with the memory of our highlight feature: the tribute concert for Mick Moloney at Saint Michael’s College, consummately organized by Mark Sustic and bringing together an impressive lineup of celebrated traditional Irish musicians from New England and beyond.

Once again we thank the sponsors who provided venues or other means of support: Saint Michael’s College, Fletcher Free Library, the Vermont Genealogy Library, Worthen Library, Burlington School District, Rí Rá Irish pub, the Saint John’s Club, and Young Tradition at Vermont Folklife. 2024 will be hard year to follow, but stay tuned: the 30th Burlington Irish Heritage Festival will be fast upon us!

A look at 2024:

Welcome to the 29th Annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival, a celebration of the rich and vibrant tapestry of Irish culture that has woven its way into the hearts and history of countless individuals around the world. Our festival is a tribute to the enduring spirit and heritage of the Emerald Isle.

2024 marks the centennial of Ireland’s being recognized as an independent country by the United States. What better occasion to celebrate with ceilis and concerts, informational presentations, and a special tribute concert bringing esteemed musicians from New England and beyond, to honor the late Mick Moloney. This year will also bring a more participatory focus to the Festival, with opportunities to share or learn skills, musical and otherwise. Search our schedule for singalong, Aran knitting, baking, Irish language, and more!

The Festival wouldn’t exist without the generosity of our donors. Thank you all, and we hope to meet you at one or more of our events. We are also very grateful to our many sponsors providing venues and other means of support, including the Fletcher Free Library, St. Michael’s College Fine Arts Department, Young Tradition Vermont at Vermont Folklife, the Vermont Genealogy Library, and our longtime friend, Mark Sustic, the powerhouse behind our tribute concert.

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View Last Year’s Tribute to Senator Leahy