Irish Remember What Catholic Schools Have Done for Them

It seems only fitting that the proceeds from The Great Irish Fair are donated to support Catholic education in Brooklyn and Queens. One by one, the honorees at the Fair in Coney Island this past weekend came to the microphone to accept their laurels and almost to a man or woman, they thanked their teachers in Catholic schools for the success they have had in life.

The 36th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York

The 36th annual Great Irish Fair of New York, a family-friendly event celebrating Irish-American faith, heritage and culture, will be presented by The Irish American Building Society Charities, Inc., on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning with Mass at 10 a.m. at the Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Great Irish Fair Schedule

Main Stage 10 a.m. – Mass 11 a.m. – Awards Ceremony 12 – 1:30 p.m. – Andy Cooney 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. – O’Malley Dance Academy, Pipe Band Segue 2:30 – 4 p.m. – Unforgettable Fire 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. – Buckley School of Dance, Pipe Band Segue                5 – 6:30 p.m. – The […]

Chief Brehon Is No Stranger to the Fair

Regulars at the Great Irish Fair need little introduction to this year’s Chief Brehon, James F. O’Dea. Though some may not recognize his name, they surely know the sound of his voice.

Champion Step Dancer Reigns as Colleen Queen

A champion Irish step dancer, Caitlin Therese Ward is no stranger to the Great Irish Fair. Since she was a young girl, her family attended the annual event and even designated it as a time for reunions.

The Bard of the Fair – Alice McDermott

Award-winning author Alice McDermott, whose writing captures the lives and experiences of Irish-Americans, is serving as The Bard of the Fair.