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1982 Milwaukee Irish Fest

During the second year of Milwaukee Irish Fest in 1982, our mascot, Paddy McFest, made his debut along with the Theater Stage, a petting zoo and Irish athletic teams from Chicago. A Thursday Hooley Night included a Merrill Park reunion, music workshops and a dart competition. Cultural activities grew through historical and literary exhibits, craft area lectures and demonstrations.

Headlining acts included De Danann, Touchstone, Green Fields of America, Tannahill Weavers, Joe Feeney, John Gary, Paddy Reilly, The Chieftains, Mary McGonigle, Schooner Fare, Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy, and Joe and Antoinette McKenna. Dancers included the Trinity Irish Dancers and the Walsh Irish Dancers. The Milwaukee Junior Showcase featured performances from area youth performers.

Attendance was 50,274 Tickets were $1 for Thursday; $4 at the gate Friday through Sunday; $3 advance. Festival-goers dressed as leprechauns were admitted free each day of Irish Fest (complete costumes only).

1982 Fun Facts

  • Days: August 19, 20, 21, 22
  • Attendance: 50,274
  • Ticket Prices: $1 for Thursday, $4 at the gate Friday - Sunday; $3 advance
  • Festival-goers dressed as leprechauns were admitted free each day of Irish Fest
  • Merrill Park Reunion
  • Paddy McFest Debuts
  • Irish Athletics (Chicago Teams)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Drama/Theatre

1982 Entertainment Highlights

  • De Danann
  • Green Fields of America
  • Joe and Antoinette McKenna
  • Joe Feeney
  • John Gary
  • Mary McGonigle
  • Paddy Reilly
  • Schooner Fare
  • Tannahill Weavers
  • The Chieftains
  • Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy
  • Touchstone

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