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2002 Milwaukee Irish Fest

Cultural offerings at the 2002 Milwaukee Irish Fest included a focus on Ireland’s Gaeltacht regions. Other exhibits included the exhibit Turas – The Irish Sacred Landscape, Irish pilgrimages, Holy Wells, and Magical Mountains. Fintan Mullan helped trace guests' ancestry in the Genealogy Tent. The Ward Irish Music Archives premiered The History of Irish Rock Music exhibit.

Irish Music Magazine held a trivia contest, and the Cottage Market debuted.

Entertainment highlights for the 2002 festival included The Highwaymen, Tracy Sands Band, Kila, Patrick Street, Barachois, Cherish the Ladies, Leahy, Paddy Reilly, The Clumsy Lovers, Shooglenifty, The Commitments, The Makem Brothers, North Cregg, Kilfenora Ceili Band and Clancy, and O’Connell & Clancy. Dancers were The Glencastle Irish Dancers, Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers, Trinity Irish Dancers, Caledonian Scottish Dancers, and the Gillan School of Highland Dance.

2002 Fun Facts

  • Days: August 15, 16, 17, 18
  • Attendance: 132,284
  • Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 seniors; kids 12 and under free; Grand Gathering is $5; free admission from 4-5pm on Friday
  • Theme: The Sound of Tradition
  • History of Irish Rock display
  • Gaeltacht regions
  • Kenny's Bookstore of Galway
  • Literary Corner
  • Cottage Market Grocery
  • Castle Garden Stage

2002 Entertainment Highlights

  • Barachois
  • Cherish the Ladies
  • Clancy, O’Connell and Clancy
  • Kila
  • Kilfenora Ceili Band
  • Leahy
  • North Cregg
  • Paddy Reilly
  • Patrick Street
  • Shooglenifty
  • The Clumsy Lovers
  • The Commitments
  • The Highwaymen
  • The Makem Brothers
  • Tracy Sands Band

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