As usual, we had a great time at the Dublin Irish Festival. The last couple of years we've been going on Sunday.
|Inter denominational service at DIF|
We like to go to church there, and if you bring in food for the food pantry before 11AM, you get in for free. After church we saw Moya Brennan. That alone was an amazing blessing for free admission. Such a beautiful voice and her band members, which included her daughter, were awesome. (Her daughter was behind her and didn't show up in this picture.)
Then we enjoyed fiddler Liz Carroll who was joined by awesome step dancers. But I have to say, I was afraid they were going to pass out from the heat. (Luckily, they didn't!)
Gotta love the giant iced teas with $3 refills. We made good use of that!
Maritin de Cogain from County Cork, Ireland, was very entertaining. I have never heard anything like his version of The Hound of Ulster before! He is also the creator of a band called Fushia. They were supposed to perform later in the day, but didn't. (Keep reading below.)
We also got to greet lots of people I've gotten to know including local storyteller Julie McGhee, jewelry artist Sean Berton, genealogy expert and publisher Mike O'Laughlin, a couple from our home church who come up to Columbus every year for this festival to help man the booth of their friends who own a local Irish shop, and two of the librarians I worked with while teaching at the Thurber House summer writing camp this summer who were working in the genealogy tent. Great connections and some wonderful folks.
Then we got out of Dodge because a big storm was coming. They actually shut the festival done a few hours early because of it. We drove home in some rain but we dodged the big storms, which went south of where we live.
So, it was a great day. I absolutely love Irish and Celtic festivals. How about you?