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1991 Milwaukee Irish Fest

The 1991 Milwaukee Irish Fest included reunions for the Keane family, Washington High School 35th reunion, and the St. Norbert all-school get together.

Cultural elements at the festival included artists from Donegal, Galway Crystal, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, and The Seanachie. A 45 foot replica of Gulliver debuted on the grounds reclining outside his Lilliput Village on the North end of the grounds.

Special events included our annual Liturgy for Peace and Justice and the Tug-of-War contest.

Events held in the Summerfest Lagoon during Irish Fest included the Danskin US Women’s Triathlon and the 17th Annual International Human Powered Vehicle Speed Championships.

Featured performers included Schooner Fare, Altan, Tommy Makem, Frank Patterson, Full Shilling, Tip Splinter, Green Fields of America, Dublin City Ramblers, Capercaillie, Cherish the Ladies, St. James Gate, and the Drovers.

Dancers included Trinity Irish Dancers, Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers, Caledonian Scottish Dancers, and the County Kerry Set Dancers.

1991 Fun Facts

  • Days: August 16, 17, 18
  • Attendance: 90,242
  • Tickets: $7 for adults, $4 seniors, kids 12 and under free; $3 Thursday night Ceili Kick-off tickets
  • Irish Fest office opened on Glenview
  • Eamon Casey, Bishop of Galway is Mass celebrant
  • Columbia Hospital Run
  • St. Michel Cemetery project
  • W. B. Yeats Photo Exhibit

1991 Entertainment Highlights

  • Altan
  • Capercaillie
  • Cherish the Ladies
  • Dublin City Ramblers
  • Frank Patterson
  • Full Shilling
  • Green Fields of America
  • Schooner Fare
  • St. James Gate
  • The Drovers
  • Tip Splinter
  • Tommy Makem


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