On the majestic banks of the Hudson River at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park, the Annual Hudson Valley Irish Fest celebrates the positive values of the rich Irish American culture and heritage alive in the Hudson Valley today.
The Fest is a tremendous success and enjoyed by over 3,000 people. This year we promise great bands, more vendors and fun for the whole family!
Over the years, performances by top Irish recording artists and bands including Jack Lukeman, Mundy, Black 47, Tim Murphy, The Druids, Jameson’s Revenge, McLean Avenue Band, Just 2, Lost Tribe of Donegal, Mary Courtney, the Druids and Shilelegh Law. Our area’s finest Irish step-dancers from the New York Rose of Tralee Committee, Unatheresa Gormely, Kelly Oster School of Irish Dance and massed pipe bands entertained people of all ages.
Our excellent vendors and exhibitors provided culinary specialties, Irish literature, media and cultural crafts for all to experience and enjoy. Our children’s area feared 18th Century Toys & Games, face painting, crafts and more for the wee lads and lasses.
In support of of the Hudson Valley Irish Center soon to reopen in Peekskill in our new Riverfront home. Our home helps us to preserve the Irish American culture, music, theatre, history and heritage that abound in the lower Hudson Valley. Proceeds from the Hudson Valley Irish Fest, a not for profit charitable organization, support the Hudson Valley Irish Center as well as establishment of Irish heritage, literary and media sections in our local libraries. In 2014, through donations of books and material, we established our own Hudson Valley Irish library at the Center, set to reopen to the public on selected weekends.
The “Jack McAndrew Memorial Traditional Tent” with a stellar assembly of the best Traditional Irish Musicians, Singers and Storytellers from the Lower Hudson Valley & beyond. The Kelly Oster School of Irish Dance entertained visitors with their terrific talent. The Jack McAndrew Memorial Traditional Tent featured authors Maura Mulligan, Ray O’Hanlon, Film maker Williams and Rossa Cole, Kevin McCann, storytellers and was joined on our grounds by incredible historical displays from Patrick McHugh.
Jack McAndrew, lifelong advocate for all things Irish and an AOH Division 18 member, passed away in 2012. For decades, Jack kept Irish traditional music alive in the Lower Hudson Valley with the legendary Rising of the Moon Seisuin at Jimmy Guinan’s in Garrison, PJ Kelly’s in Peekskill, the Stadium Bar & Restaurant and other venues including its new home, The QuietMan Public House in Downtown Peekskill. Folk hero Pete Seeger has visited the Rising of the Moon seisuin encouraging others to support Jack’s labor of love. The Jack McAndrew Memorial Traditional Tent and its participants continue Jack’s labor of love, the promotion of Irish music and culture in the Lower Hudson Valley.
The Hudson Valley Irish Fest Inc. is cosponsored by the Division 18, Peekskill Ancient Order of Hibernians & Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and is a member of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce and is grateful to our patron, The Consulate General of Ireland, the Honorable Barbera Jones, Consul General of Ireland and Deputy Consul General Anna McGillicuddy and Vice Consul General Fiona McCabe.
We have been honored each Fest with visits from various Irish Consulate Generals, most recently Irish Deputy Consulate General Anna McGillicuddy, Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina and his predecessors, Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Pugliese, Legislators Frank Farrell, Debbie Carter Costello, Seth Freach, NY Senator Terrence Murphy, Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, George Oros from Westchester County Executive’s Office, Westchester County Legislator John Testa and the many elected official, candidates and government employees who joined us. We thank the Peekskill Police, Fire Department, DPW, Parks & Rec and Office of the City Manager for making our event safe, clean and enjoyable for all.
Each year support form bushiness like the Irish Echo, Peekskill Brewery, Hudson Group, Quiet Man Public House, our great vendors and many other great businesses and individuals like Kenny from JK Fence and Law Offices of Dan McCarthy. More on our sponsors soon.
We invite you, your family and friends to join us at the 2016 8th Annual Fest on Saturday, September 24, 2016 and our upcoming events at the Center!