Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant Hosts 3rd Annual ‘Great Irish Hooley’ August 29-Sept. 1 at Downtown Disney


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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Central Florida’s only Great Irish Hooley celebrates its third
annual event August 29-Sept. 1 with the electric energy of live Irish music, authentic step dancing, first-rate food and interactive fun at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downtown Disney. Labor Day weekend guests can celebrate Orlando’s only boutique Irish festival with authentic Irish cuisine and beverages and a memorable long weekend of top Irish talent, including award-winning bands and performances by the Raglan Road Dancers. Performances begin at 4 pm. Friday, August 29, and at noon Saturday, August 30 through Monday, Sept. 1 and continue throughout each day and night.

This year’s Hooley band lineup includes:

  • Scythian, a headliner on the Celtic festival circuit and equally at home in rock venues – the band will release a fan-funded album, “Jump at the Sun,” in August.
  • The Raglan Rebels, Ireland’s best up-and-coming young band with traditional and modern songs and ballads.
  • Drops of Green, an exciting new ballad group from the heart of Ireland.
  • The Brayzen Heads, a popular duo on guitar and banjo playing Raglan Road regularly.
  • The West Coast Trio, from Connemara, playing traditional and contemporary Irish songs on accordion, flute and guitar with plenty of reels and jigs.

A traditional Irish social celebration, the “Hooley” combines music ranging from traditional to rock tunes with entertainment and interactive fun for the whole family. Guests can participate in Irish dance workshops, “From Our Roots to Riverdance,” led by renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast from Saturday through Monday.

Guests also can kick up their heels with the Raglan Road Dancers – some just returning from wins at the World Championships of Irish Dancing — during structured set dancing known as the Ceili (pronounced kay-lee) – a precursor to today’s popular line dances. The Hooley also will feature Celtic face-painting Saturday through Monday. Throughout the Hooley, guests can step up to one of Raglan Road’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic fare by Irish celebrity chef
Kevin Dundon. A 2014 Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” winner and this year’s “Best Restaurant” Orlando magazine readers’ poll award winner, Raglan Road is known for its beer-battered fish and chips, Shepherd’s pie with a contemporary twist, delectable seafood and gluten-free entrees.

“The Great Irish Hooley — Orlando’s own boutique Irish festival — is back for a third consecutive year, and we’re excited to share our traditions, as well as the best of Irish bands and entertainers,” says John Cooke, a Raglan Road founding partner and Emerald Isle native.

The complete entertainment schedule, featuring six bands and the acclaimed troupe of Raglan Road Irish Dancers, will be posted at www.thegreatirishhooley.com.