Activities

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Indoors (Frazier Hall)

HISTORY TALKS

 

Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf 1014-2014

Saturday, Sept. 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2:00 p.m.

On the 1000 Year Anniversary of Clontarf, we will look at the most famous of all Ireland’s High Kings. Paying special attention to what his rule meant to medieval Ireland, and consequently the blow his death dealt to early ideas of nationality that laid the groundwork for the Norman invasion in 1167.

Irish High Crosses: Majestic, Mysterious Monuments to the Past

Saturday, Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 3:00 p.m.

Anyone who has traveled through Ireland’s beautiful countryside has seen these iconic and awe inspiring landmarks. We will examine how they served as so much more than art for art’s sake, at a time when few could read. There will be specific attention given to the beautiful Muiredach’s High Cross found at Monasterboice.


Louisville’s Irish Roots:
The green in the bluegrass

Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1:00 p.m.

From Limerick to Louisville’s Bloody Monday, from Portland to Irish Hill, the City by the Falls has long been a welcoming home for Ireland’s immigrant sons and daughters. Mirroring the country as whole the Irish journey in Louisville is filled with highs and lows but ultimately triumph. We’ll take a look at some of the memorable moments in Louisville’s “Irish” past.


Women’s Role in
Ireland’s struggle for freedom

Saturday, Sept. 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2:30 p.m.

Too often over shadowed by the male counterparts, Ireland’s past is filled with strong women who believed in the dream of Irish nationhood. We will look at a few of the most famous women spanning the last 100 years from Countess Markievicz and Clarke, to Bernadette Devlin and the first female Irish President, Mary Robinison.

Mike O'Laughlin

Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Joining us in the all new Cultural area, located in Frazier Hall will be renowned Genealogist, author of 60 books and host of the Irish Roots Café Mike O’Laughlin. He will share his knowledge of the ins and outs of Irish Genealogy and help get you started on your search for your Irish ancestors.

Be sure to bring your questions to start your journey

Outdoors

Society for Creative Anachronism

Not all the activities and exhibits are indoors. Wander out to the Quadrangle for more fun and entertainment. Ever feel like you should have lived in another era? Then the Society for Creative Anachronism is for you. Watch these young men become Irish warriors wielding historically accurate weaponry. Let your imagination take hold and you may feel you're at the Battle of Clontarf with Brian Boru.

Children's Area
Sponsored by Bellarmine University

The Children's Area for the 2014 Louisville Irish Fest will feature a variety of activities for leprechauns of all ages. Burn some energy by playing catch and skipping rope, or have a blast on on our new inflateable obstacle course for kids ages 3 - 12 years old! Then recharge by getting creative in our craft area by making shields and crowns, decorating shamrocks, and coloring fun pictures. Next head over to visit with our talented volunteers for some free face painting. With activities like these, we are sure to keep you entertained.

Sunday Mass

Join us Sunday at 6:00 p.m. for Mass held in Bellarmine's chapel. Our Lady of the Woods is one of Bellarmine's hidden gems - a lovely little church in a lovely setting. A shuttle transport will be provided for those not up to a little hill-climbing.