Ain’t No Party Like an Irish Party
Thirty years ago from Saturday, a small group of Celtic musicians gathered at Nick Farrelly’s Lounge in Oak Lawn. That pub, which now houses a Pappadeaux restaurant, is no more; but the modest get-together has evolved into the largest Irish celebration in the Southwest.
The annual North Texas Irish Festival (NTIF) is funded by The Southwest Celtic Music Association and, in accordance with tradition, will happen on the first weekend of the month: March 2nd through 4th. The “Céilí” (Gaelic for “gathering”) will feature some of the world’s finest Celtic musicians, traditional Irish performers, and plenty of Irish cuisine. Of course, a shortage of Guinness, Harp, and other Irish brews is unlikely.
The culinary “Galway stage” will debut this year, providing festival-goers with the opportunity to watch local chefs prepare traditional and hybrid Irish dishes. Executive chefs from Westin Galleria Dallas, Front Burner Restaurants, Trinity Hall Irish Pub, and Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse will all be featured.
For animal-lovers and future pet adopters, over 50 animal rescue groups (animals included) will make the weekend trip to Fair Park.
North Texas Irish Festival hours:
Friday, March 2nd
Saturday, March 3rd
Sunday, March 4th
Photo courtesy of Southwest Celtic Music Association, Inc.