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1984 Milwaukee Irish Fest

New features at the 1984 Milwaukee Irish Fest included a street theatre apprenticeship and an Irish Trivia Contest. Irish Fest partnered with the Milwaukee Art Museum to bring in Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Ireland. This was sponsored by the National Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

An exhibit at the War Memorial in Milwaukee was held during the festival of wildlife paintings and drawings of Irish musicians by Don Conroy from Dublin, Ireland. Cultural exhibits at the festival included The Irish Harp, John McCormack, James Joyce, Sermons in Stone, Dublin in the Rare Old Days and What Ireland Means to Me, Irish in the Revolutionary War.

The Ceili Area featured the Stars on Wheels roller skating revue.

Entertainers included Schooner Fare, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, The Old Triangle, Paddy Reilly, Dublin City Ramblers, Green Fields of America, John Gary, Dennis Day, Touchstone, Dermot O’Brien Trio and Stockton’s Wing. Dancer schools included the Cashel Academy of Irish Dance, Tully Irish Dancers, the Mooncoin Ceili Dancers and the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance.

1984 Fun Facts

  • Days: August 17, 18, 19
  • Attendance: 62,248

1984 Entertainment Highlights

  • Dennis Day
  • Dermot O’Brien Trio
  • Dublin City Ramblers
  • Green Fields of America
  • John Gary
  • Paddy Reilly
  • Schooner Fare
  • Stockton’s Wing
  • The Old Triangle
  • Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy
  • Touchstone

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