County Oakland Irish Fest
Oakland County’s City of Berkley Has Gone Green
County Oakland Irish Fest – Saturday, September 10, 2016, 12 pm to 8 pm
After Glow at the American Legion Hall at 8:30PM with Irish Food and Drink
Festival on 12 Mile between Wakefield and Tyler.
Specials and Live Irish Music Throughout the day!
The Schedule of Events on the stage (located near Griffith) is as follows:
12:00 – 12:15 Shriner’s Pipe Band( Scottish Pipes)
12:15 – 12:30 The AOH Rifles
12:30 – 12:45 MC/Introduction
12:45 – 1:15 Maggie McCabe (Solo Irish Folk)
1:30 – 2:15 Frank Kennedy & Terry Murphy( Irish Folk Duo)
2:30 – 2:50 Flanagan O’Hare Irish Dancers
3:00 – 3:45 The Codgers ( Irish American Folk)
3:50 – 4:10 Flanagan O’Hare Irish Dancers
4:25 – 5:25 Odd Enough (Wild Irish Music)
5:20 – 6:05 The Johnny Manning Band ( Irish Folk)
6:30 – 6:35 Police and Fire Pipe Band ( Scottish Pipes)
6:45 – 7:30 The Diggers ( Irish Folk Trio)
7:45 – 8:00 Metro Police and Fire Pipe Band
Fun for all ages – there will be Irish music, Irish dancers, pipers, a children’s craft and game area, and demonstrations by the Youth Gaelic Football League. An Irish history tent will be available to learn more about the heritage. There will be an adventure with a Scavenger Hunt for the public to try to locate the many fairy doors among the Berkley businesses. Winners will be chosen in a drawing and a prizes will be awarded.
Many of the local stores will have sidewalk sales. Street vendors will be joining in the event selling a variety of Irish and other items.
This event will also be collecting warm gloves and hats to donate to the families of our Veterans. There will be drop boxes available, please keep this good cause in mind.
Plenty of free parking available in downtown. In addition, there will be bus shuttles at the corner of Dorthea and Coolidge, one block north of Catalpa, and at the American Legion Hall, 2079 W 12 Mile Rd.
The Oakland County Ancient Order of Hibernians (A.O.H.) O’Brien Division has been active in many community services. They are also a regular participator in the Detroit St. Patrick’s Day parade for 40 plus years. 15 years ago this O’Brien Division created the 1st St. Patrick’s Day parade in the city of Royal Oak. It has been a strong promoter of Irish Heritage to the city with growing crowds in attendance despite the unpredictable weather during the month of March.
We are lucky to have the support of several businesses, including Shrine Catholic church and schools, Bishop Foley Catholic Church and Guardian Angels school, The Berkley Downtown Development Authority, Greenwire Systems, MIACC Irish Network, The Twisted Shamrock, Galway Construction, The Detroit Violin Co., The Berkley Area Chamber, Guinness, O’Brien Automotive Services of Ferndale, 24 Seconds Bar & Grill, Chicken Shack, McCourt’s Music and Stanley J. Fons American Legion Post 374 and Monster beverages, these vendors/supporters are contributing to bringing the Irish to our community.