Festival Schedule

200 New Boston Drive Canton, MA

Sunday, June 3rd 2018

ICC Marquee Tent & Patio


Mass followed by Irish breakfast in the 1st floor function room


Ceili Mor with Ceoltas Ceoltoiri Eireann


Dunleavy Boyle Bremer Academy of Irish Dance


Irish Tenor Ciaran Nagle




Kenny Academy of Irish dance


Ballroom of Romance with Erin’s Melody


Hansen Keohane School of Irish dance

Events at The Cottage

An American Wake

11:30am to 1:30pm (30 minute re-enactments)

Thirty minute reenactments will take place during this period.
First Show: 1:30 pm, Second Show: 2:00 pm, Third Show: 3:00 pm, Final Show: 3:30 pm

Stop by and wish the young emigrants farewell as they get ready to leave for America (and usually never return). Have a drink, have a chat, dance a set outside the old cottage. Become part of the show, don your britches and scally cap, your hair fastner or favorite shawl and come dance the siege of Ennis with our actors. Featuring Irish dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish dance.

Teach Tábhairne

Noon to 5pm

Located adjacent to the ICC cottage. Our bartender and musicians will be agcaint as gaelige (Speaking Irish). We will have a cheat sheet for you there so you can speak a cupla focal (Irish words). Live traditional Irish music from noon to 2pm with Cliodhna Field and Billy O’Neill.

Irish Crafts at the Cottage

Noon to 3pm

Noon: Irish bread-baking demonstration

Kids can take turns kneading bread and learn about traditional Irish baking techniques.

Crochet & Knitting demonstration

Learn about the art of the Irish knit pattern!

Thatching Demonstration

Colin McGhee, thatcher extraordinaire, will be on hand with a display of his thatching instruments, materials and miniature thatched cottage. Kids and adults can try their hand working on the weave.

Building a Cock of Hay

Learn about the sugan and watch as one of our “farmers” rakes the hay into a cock of hay

Making a St. Brigid’s Cross

Learn how you can make your own symbol of Ireland’s Saint Brigid of Kildare

Plus: all-day tours of the cottage


Tug O’War

5 pm on the Festival field

Pick up a team form at the ICC membership tent.

Viking Martial Arts Show

1 pm and 4 pm on the Festival Field


11:30 – 1:30 pm – all ages on Field B


12:30 – 5:30 pm – mini consults in the Main Building

Other Happenings

Ladies Auxiliary Tea House

Serving the best of home baked goods including brown bread, scones, apple tarts and an assortment of breads. Come in for a cup of tea, stay for a chat!

Noon: Located on the first floor function room, the Auxiliary will be serving a full Irish breakfast until 12:30pm.

12:30pm-5pm: Serving home-baked scones, apple tart and an assortment of delicious breads, teas and coffee.

Kilcommon’s Grill

Located beside the ICC pub, serving hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, Irish bangers, burgers and fries all day long.

The Corner Shop

Find your favorite Irish candy or bag of tayto here. Located on the patio.


Located near the Irish Cottage

Serving the best pint of Guinness in town topped off with a shamrock. Live music throughout the day.


Purchase tickets at the ICC membership tent located beside the marquee tent.
Bruins memorbilia, Red Sox tickets, $200 Gift basket of KerryGold Cheese, 4 tickets to TreeTop Adventures, Family membership ($130 value) + $50 gift certificate to ICC Pub &restaurant, Gift Basket full of Irish goodies

Ceili Mor

Marquee Tent: 11:30 am

Ceoltas Ceolroiri Eireann  Boston will host the Ceili Mor  (Which means a big dance!)

GAA Games:

Field A

3:15 MSFC: Aidan McAnespies v Galway
2:30 OB: Boston Shamrocks v Connacht Ladies
3:45 MSFC: Wolfe Tones v Donegal
5:00 MSFC: Shannon Blues v Connemara Gaels

Field B

2:00 MJCHC: Hartford v Portland

All Day Activities

Display of vintage tractors

Genealogy Search

Our computers will be lined up on the first floor of the building, sharing space with the coffee shop. Come and find out more information about your ancestry!

On the Main Stage



Direct from Galway, the traditional Irish super-group ‘BackWest” celebrates the true essence of music, song and dance from Ireland and other countries. Sibling duet on fiddle and button accordion, Maureen and Brendan Browne are the lead instrumentalists and fluent Irish speakers while Galway’s own ‘Lord of the Dance’ Peter Vickers brings his unique interpretation of percussion and dance. The final element to the mix is legendary virtuoso PJ McDonald on guitar, vocals and whistle.

Jig Jam


Playing a blend of traditional Irish music mixed with bluegrass and Americana, JigJam hails from the Irish Midlands. They have managed to blend their musical influences into a multi-award winning style now known as ‘CeltGrass’ and their onstage energy and musical skill has made them a perennial favorite at Irish musical festivals around the world.

Christian McNeill


Born and raised in Derry, Ireland, Christian McNeill is a mighty force of psychedelic folk-tinged alternative rock and soul. He plays his acoustic guitar like a drum and is renowned for gritty, passionate live shows and songs with memorable lyrics anchored in infectious melodies. If you trace his career arc back to his early days with post-punk band, Schtum, to his most recent project, Sea Monsters, you will hear an engaging style of singing and songwriting that is ever-evolving. The uncompromising honesty of the song “Zero” recently caught the ear of The E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, who in turn placed two songs from McNeill’s album “Everything’s Up For Grabs,” in heavy rotation on his globally broadcast, Underground Garage.

Gaelic Storm


The multi-national, Celtic juggernaut known as Gaelic Storm grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is now a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers.