It's with mixed emotions that we announce today that 2014 Kansas City Irish Fest president Craig Duke is stepping down from office and leaving the board of directors entirely, effective immediately.
Craig, as you may know, hails from Belfast and it was communication from that city that brought about this sudden turn of events. Craig, as it turns out, isn't just named Duke. He is a Duke. An actual Duke. To be specific, it has been brought to light that he is the 178th Grand Duke of Antrim, Down and Armagh and as such is heir to vast holdings in the North of Ireland, including a 96 room castle on the banks of the River Lagan, the surrounding 1700 hectare estate and its private herd of rare Irish elk, Europe's largest privately held collection of Neo-Primitivist art and a fortune estimated to exceed ₤14,000,000.
Grand Duke Duke will be returning to Belfast later this week to claim his birthright and while he will be missed here at Irish Fest we congratulate him and wish him all the best. Irish Fest VP Kevin Bundy will assume the duties of the presidency, such as they are.