Friday, August 01, 2014

Ta Da!

For more than a decade, we've proudly poured Boulevard Dry Stout at Irish Fest, but since it is no longer available, we now have the opportunity to add Guinness to the menu, along with Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Pale Ale and Miller Lite. Welcome to the family, Arthur.
In addition to all those fine beers, the fest will proudly serve Magners Original Irish Cider, red and white wine, Baileys Irish Cream and Jameson products. We also offer exclusive whiskey tastings led by a Jameson Ambassador and Boulevard Beer tastings led by Boulevard brewers throughout the three-day event. Ticket prices and instructions on how to reserve a seat to the tastings can be found here.

All this talk about these fine beverages is making us thirsty! We're going to happy hour. You should, too, and post your photo drinking a Guinness, Boulevard, Miller, Jameson, Magners or Baileys to Facebook (tag us!), Twitter (#KCIrishFest) or Instagram (#KCIrishFest). In celebration of this announcement, we'll pick 5 happy hour photos every Friday until the Fest to receive two KCIF tickets! Woohoo!

See you in 28 days!
Kansas City Irish Fest 

Thursday, July 31, 2014


Amárach. The Irish word for Tomorrow.

There's a something big brewing here at Irish Fest HQ. Really big. And we're going to tell you about it.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Message From The Elders

Hey Celtic music lovers, here's a great way to help people in need - and at the same time add some great music to your collection! 

PovertyCure charity has curated a special collection of Celtic artists, featuring music from Girsa, The Irish Rovers, Young Dubliners, Fiddler's Green, LEAH, Pipes and Pints, and The Elders.
Here's the deal: Pay $1 or more for 7 albums/collections with some great bonuses!
Your contribution will be donated to PovertyCure charity

This campaign is available for 2 weeks only, so don't wait!
The more money raised, the more bonuses available!

Here is the link to purchase your Celtic music collection.

Thanks for participating!
Gratefully yours, The Elders

Friday, July 18, 2014


Happy Friday! Our weekend-starting gift to you: the 2014 Kansas City Irish schedules*! It all starts in just 42 days!

Friday August 29
Miller Lite Stage
5:00-6:00 Quinn and Qristina Bachand
6:15-7:00 Driscoll School of Irish Dance
7:30-9:00 Socks in the Frying Pan
9:30-11:00 Full Set
Boulevard Stage
5:00-6:30 Moxie
7:00-8:30 Flannigan’s Right Hook
9:00-11:00 Gaelic Storm
Magners McEntee Park Stage
5:30-6:30 Seamus Kennedy
7:00-8:00 Byrne and Kelly
8:30-10:00 • DJ Rico

Saturday August 30
Miller Lite Stage
11:30-12:30 Ceili at the Crossroads
1:00-2:00 Eddie Delahunt
2:30-3:30 Full Set
4:00-5:00 Ashley Davis
5:30-7:00 Shanna Morrison
7:30-9:00 Mundy
9:30-11:00 The Hot Sprockets
Boulevard Stage
11:00-12:30 Cold Comfort
1:00-2:30 Chance the Arm
3:00-4:30 Moxie
5:00-6:30 The Killdares
7:00-8:30 Carbon Leaf
9:00-11:00 Gaelic Storm
Magners McEntee Park Stage
11:30-12:30 She’s a Keeper
1:00-2:00 Carswell and Hope
2:30-3:30 Socks in the Frying Pan
4:00-5:00 Byrne and Kelly
5:30-6:30 Quinn and Qristina Bachand
7:00-8:30 Flannigan’s Right Hook
8:30-10:00 • DJ Rico
Atrium Stage
12:00-1:00 Scarlett Town
1:30-2:30 Jonathan Ramsey
3:00-4:00 Tullamore
4:30-5:30 Bob Reeder
6:00-7:00 Ian Gould

Sunday August 31
Miller Lite Stage
9:30 • Catholic Mass
11:00-12:00 Eddie Delahunt
12:30-1:30 O’Riada/Manning Academy of Irish Dance
2:00-3:00 Ashley Davis
3:30-4:30 Full Set
5:00-6:30 Shanna Morrison
7:00-8:30 Mundy
9:00-11:00 Socks in the Frying Pan
Boulevard Stage
11:00-12:00 Chance the Arm
12:30-2:00 Cold Comfort
2:30-4:00 The Killdares
5:00-6:30 The Hot Spockets
7:00-8:30 Carbon Leaf
9:00-11:00 The Elders 
Magners McEntee Park Stage
12:00-1:00 Seamus Kennedy
1:30-2:30 Carswell and Hope
3:00-4:00 Moxie
4:30-5:30 Quinn and Quistina Bachand
6:00-7:00 Byrne and Kelly
7:30-9:00 Flannigan's Right Hook

Atrium Stage
11:30-12:30 Scarlett Town
1:00-2:00 Bob Reeder
2:30-3:30 Jonathan Ramsey
4:00-5:00 Tullamore
5:30-6:30 Ian Gould*schedules subject to change

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Service Members, Stand Up

Are you active or retired US Military yourself? If so, first of all, all of us at the Kansas City Irish Fest thank you sincerely for your service to the nation.

Second of all, let us save you some dough.

If you are a member of that special group of Americans that keep us safe from harm around the world, show your active or retired Military ID at the Irish Fest gates and we'll knock $5 of your admission price*.

It's our way of saying thank you for all you do.

Irish Fest opens in 45 days!

*Discount available at the gate only.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Patty's Plans

Speaking of the Snug...

My sainted Irish mother Patty McCunniff Regan had a birthday yesterday. She turned–I don't think she'd mind me telling you–89 years old. Now to some of you, that might bring to mind visions of nursing homes and rocking chairs. You might think of 89 years and think of dottering old shawlies in their twilight. To you I'd say: you don't know my mother. She wears all of us out.

So when yer auld wan's birthday rolled around, my siblings and I quickly decided against getting her a quilt or a hot water bottle or a jig-saw puzzle. No, we bought her a full weekend Kansas City Irish Fest Snug membership. And the children of her old college buddy and Irish Fest partner-in-crime Lois usually do the same thing so the two of them could ramble on Labor Day weekend together, because God knows none of us can keep up with her.

Mom and Lois will spend Irish Fest weekend in the very lap of luxury in The Snug, with a private bar, comfy sofas, catered food and a zero bathroom lines, among many other amenities. They've earned it. Now you may not have a passel of children to foot the bill for your Snug membership, but you can still drink beer with my mom all weekend, and the cost is reasonable too. Just $75 for Friday– only $50 if 4 or more of you buy together, $100 for Saturday or Sunday, $250 for the Patty Regan Weekend Package. Drinks, food, commemorative pint glasses, stage view and more. Partying with Mom: priceless and no extra charge.

Put this on your bucket list: spend Irish Fest weekend with my Mom. You'll never have a better time, I guarantee it. Here's how to do it.

Happy birthday, Mom.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Group Snug

The Snug at Irish Fest is a pretty special place. Want to sit on a comfy couch and watch Gaelic Storm on the Boulevard Stage? Unless you carry in your own couch, The Snug is the only place that's going to happen. Want to stroll up and get a beer at Irish Fest's busiest time, with no waiting, no lines, no fuss? Likewise a potty trip? Never a problem in The Snug. Want your meals included, along with a commemorative pint glass, door prizes and a chance to hobnob with Irish Fest performers? Snuggle up, buddy. Want my sisters to be really nice to you? Personally, I have no idea what that's like, but Snug members do–because the place is run by two of that gang of six.

Now. Want all that at a discount? Done. Get three (or more) of your friends to buy tickets together and make it a party and you'll all save big on your Friday night (only) membership. Big, like a normal $75 membership drops to $50 when you buy in groups of four or more. Sweet deal, right? Why would you not do that?

Call the gang and get that Group Snug started. And remember, the Snug has limited space so don't don't wait. Here's where you buy.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Band Announcement!

Last week, you may recall (by scrolling down about six inches) we told you about the great band The Hot Sprockets who'll be joining us at Irish Fest in 60 days. Well, last week Hot, this week Cold, as in Cold Comfort, another great Dublin based band that will journey across the broad Atlantic to party with us Labor Day weekend.

Comprised of Rob Walsh on guitar and lead vocals, Colm Hassett on percussion, drums, Joey McGowan on bass, Mick Whelan on keys and Eoin “Mossy” Morrisey on lead guitar. They tell us that they "are here to take us on a journey. Tales of misspent adventure, lost friends and honest poetic observations on the way we live." You know what that sounds like to me? Irish music.

Joining what is shaping up to be one of our best line-ups ever at Irish Fest, please welcome Cold Comfort.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Band Announcement!

Ah, the sounds of the Emerald Isle. The lilt of the pipes, the sweet singing of bow upon fiddle, the gentle rhythm of the bodhran, and of course... 


SO excited. Appearing at the 2014 Kansas City Irish Fest is The Hot Sprockets, who cordially invite you to dpwn to Crown Center in 64 days to "rock it like a sprocket."

Frank Kelly, Andrew Sutton, Tim Cullen, Wayne Soper and Joey Lynch come to us from Dublin and the Irish Miror says that the Sprockets are "set to turn up the heat on their delta blues pressure cooker and blast the walls with their fiery, no-nonsense rock."

In case you forgot what that sounds like, allow me to remind you. Do not miss this party.

It's just a shame they take themselves so seriously...

Excuse Me...


That is all.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Get Your Kicks...At Irish Fest

Guess how many days until the 2014 Kansas City Irish Fest, Missouri's most arse-kickin' event, opens?

Book that hotel! Volunteer! Find your new favorite band! The summer is flying by and Irish Fest will be here before you know it.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Street Faire! Thise Saturdaye!

That doesn't look right, does it? I never know where to stoppe with those olde timey extra E's at the end of words.

Regardless of that, it's true! The big Browne's Irish Street Faire is this coming Saturday, June 21st from 3:00pm until 11:00pm, right there at 33rd and Penn. 

Should you go? Of course you should go! They have live Irish music including Eddie Delahunt, Scarlet Town, Irish House Band, Carswell and Hope, and The Elders! Irish dance by the Driscoll School of Irish Dance, O'Riada-Manning Academy of Irish Dance, Clanna Eirann Celtic Dancers and Ceili at the Crossroads! A Best-Legs-in-a-Kilt contest for you Scots! Great Irish food! All your favorite Irish beers on tap! A Jameson Irish Whiskey tasting! A photo booth! A large children's area with bouncy thingies! A "Get Your Irish On" Irish sing-along! A "Learn to Irish Dance" session!

And check this out! Buy one, get one admission!

Why, I don't have enough exclamation marks in my computer to describe this great event!!!! There, just ran out.

So go, why don't you?

Thursday, June 12, 2014


From our buddy Tom Shawver comes this news about a great annual event for Kansas City's Irish and literary communities:

Annual Bloomsday Celebration
Kansas City Irish Center Monday, June 16, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.

The 20th century has begun and Dublin, ancient city of noble buildings and ignoble slums, awaits you. It is a wanton place, a soldier's paradise hosting the largest military garrison in the world with a multitude of brothels to serve the soldiery. It is also a musical city where all ages talk knowledgeably of opera and musical plays. The city's census shows 223 female and 169 male music teachers. It is the setting of James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses on a day when the protagonist, Leopold Bloom, journeys throughout the city, visiting Davy Byrnes' pub, Bella Cohen's bordello and Molly Bloom's bedroom, just to name a few.

Join us on Monday, June 16 as we celebrate James Joyce and his protagonist Leopold Bloom with our annual Bloomsday Celebration at the Irish Center! 2 p.m. - Do you have a favorite passage from Ulysses? Join us for our community read-along of this literary classic, either as a reader or a listener. (If you are interested in reading, please give us a call so we can add you to the schedule.)

4 p.m. - "Joyce to the World" movie, highlighting Bloomsday celebrations around the world, including our very own KC Celebration.
5:30 p.m. - Songs of Dublin by one of our favorite Dublin-born lads and musicians, Eddie Delahunt 6:45 p.m. - Brief introduction to Ulysses by Rockhurst University Professor John Kerrigan, followed by the theatrical presentation of "Bloomsday Dublin: 16 June" featuring many of Kansas City own fine and upstanding citizen actors.

Admission to the Bloomsday Celebration is free for KCIC members and $5/person for non-members. Our wee pub will be open with food and beverages available for purchase. Say "yes I said yes I will Yes" and join us for all the fun on Monday, June 16.

Olé Olé Olé

I don't know how you can call it "The World Cup" without the Irish squad in Brazil, but what are you gonna do? Anyway, as play kicks off today, let's recall happier World Cup days for the boys in green. AND GO USA!!!!!