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1998 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Cultural elements at the 1998 Milwaukee Irish Fest included displays commemorating the 1798 rebellion in Ireland, Navan Fort, and a real stone mason working his craft. The Cultural Area also featured experts from Sligo, the "Land of Heart's Desire," who presented about the Yeats family, Michael Coleman, and Queen Maeve.

Entertainers at the festival included Nomos, Dervish, Natalie MacMaster, Cherish the Ladies, Green Fields of America 20 Year Reunion, The Whole Shabang, The Irish Rovers, The Paperboys, Gaelic Storm's debut, Old Blind Dogs, Brother and Rock, and Salt & Nails. Dancers included Cashel-Dennehy, Caledonian Scottish Dancers, Mullane Irish Dance Academy, Trinity Irish Dancers, and the Milwaukee School of Highland Dance.

1998 Fun Facts

  • Days: August 13, 14, 15, 16 
  • Attendance: 103,875
  • Tickets: $9 adults, $6 seniors; kids 12 and under free; Grand Gathering is $3
  • Theme: The Land of Heart's Desire (Sligo)
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest Center is purchased
  • Visit of Sile de Valera, Minister of Art, Heritage, Gaeltacht, and the Islands
  • New area: Milwaukee Hurling Club
  • Green Fields of America reunion
  • Gaelic Storm's debut
  • Claddagh Stage renamed Tipperary

1998 Entertainment Highlights

  • Brother
  • Cherish the Ladies
  • Dervish
  • Gaelic Storm
  • Green Fields of America 20 Year Reunion
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • Nomos
  • Old Blind Dogs
  • Rock, Salt & Nails
  • The Irish Rovers
  • The Paperboys
  • The Whole Shabang

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