If you are looking for some great entertainment away from the parks this Labor Day weekend, head over to Downtown Disney/Disney Springs for the 4th Annual Great Irish Hooley 2015 at Raglan Road! Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is a must-do each trip for me. I enjoy the food, the entertainment and the general happy atmosphere! It is one of the most lively spots made even better with this yearly event. A “Great Irish Hooley,” is a four-day celebration of Irish music, dance, dining and drink. There is no cover charge or entry cost for the weekend event, but come hungry because the restaurant puts a fine twist on Irish cuisine.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant will host its 4th Annual ‘Great Irish Hooley’ September 4 – September 7 at Downtown Disney with the electric energy of live Irish music, authentic step dancing, first-rate food and interactive fun for all the family. 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.
Enjoy limited-edition craft beers brewed just for the Hooley by Ireland’s Rye River Brewing Company: a Raglan Road Saison, a citrusy Raglan Road Fruit Salad Weiss Beer, a refreshing McGargles Jims CO2 Stout and a McGargles Francis Tropical American IPA
Craft Beer Master Classes
Craft beer enthusiasts are invited to join in during the long weekend for a series of unique craft beer appreciation Master classes with one of Ireland’s finest craft brewmasters from the Rye River Brewing Company. Learn about the history of The Rye River Brewery, the brewing process, different styles and flavors of craft beer and, of course, sample some of their new limited-edition craft beers.
Places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Classes will be held outside Raglan Road weather permitting. Raglan Road will also be serving their delicious brunch menu on Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7 from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.
The Great Irish Hooley Band Line Up
The Screaming Orphans are the four Diver sisters from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland. They have carved a great reputation of being a captivating and entertaining live band in Europe and America combining their own original, pop/rock music with the Ceili tradition style of music that was inherited from their family roots. Their mesmerizing, dynamic and highly electric live performances and stage presence have taken the festival circuit by storm.
The Raglan Roots Coalition
No compromisin’. 10 years down the Road, Raglan felt it was time to shake its boogie – Roots style. Cue The Raglan Roots Coalition. A coming together of Ireland’s obnoxiously fine young talent – set fare to blow the cream off your pint. Think soul rocking Celtic bluegrass with a touch of hip swingin knee shakin breath stealin funky roots beats and you’re only half way there.
JigJam are the hottest new act on the Celtgrass music scene. This Offaly trio have developed a new, exciting, energy-fuelled live sound blending the best of bluegrass and Irish folk music. They create a unique sound that blends their Irish roots with the hard driven American Bluegrass. Miss this band at your peril. www.jigjam.ie
The West Coast Trio
The West Coast Trio are a 4 piece band (yes that’s correct, a trio with 4 members, don’t ask, it’s an Irish thing…) hailing from the West Coast of Ireland. The lads will keep you entertained all night with a mixture of old and modern Irish songs and of course plenty of jigs and reels!
The Blarney Stones
The Blarney Stones is comprised of four talented musicians from Ireland. With their unique and fresh take on Irish music the Blarney Stones are a new and exciting sound for our guests. Lead singer Hannah Carr may even dance a step or two for you as she’s a multi-talented performer and former Raglan Road Irish Dancer!!
Hailing from Co. Clare the home of traditional Irish music, The Blaggards have honed their skills performing together for many years in the west of Ireland gig scene while completing their studies in the Irish Music Institute in the University of Limerick. Their combined talents provide for a vibrant and exciting live show of music and song.
Cooney & Ryan
Both considered masters of their chosen instrument, they are undoubtedly one of the finest traditional Irish music duos around. These young energetic musicians love nothing better than having their crowd interact and sing along during their performances.
Jake is a singer–songwriter and musician from Dublin Ireland. With his unique vocals, catchy songs and passion for music – you are in for a real treat!
The Raglan Road Irish Dancers
The Raglan Road Dancers, plucked from the cast and stages of the world’s greatest Irish Dance Shows perform throughout the long weekend. You can even learn a few traditional Irish dance steps. Everyone is welcome – no experience necessary!