If you’re going to be at Disney World for Labor Day weekend, then you might want to check out the festivities at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney. Raglan Road is hosting a party, The Great Irish Hooley, an Irish festival with authentic Irish food and top Irish entertainment happening this coming weekend. Per the Disney Parks Blog, the festivities for the event are as follows:
Dancing: Check out the Irish Dance Workshop, “From Our Roots to Riverdance,” led by renowned choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast. There is also a dance lesson for structured set dancing known as the Ceili (pronounced kay-lee).
Music: There’s nothing like a live show, is there? Seven bands will take the stage over the course of the weekend including Scythian, with rock-infused Celtic and world music; Lisa Canny with a contemporary twist on traditional and folk tunes; and the world’s leading U2 Tribute Band, Elevation. (I’ve seen Elevation and if you didn’t know better, you’d swear you were mere feet away from Bono.) For the ultimate Irish music mash-up, catch the Electric Ceili – a wrap-up performance on Monday night featuring members of all seven Hooley bands!
Food and Drink: Good news for brunch lovers … Raglan Road’s popular brunch will be offered Saturday, Sunday and Monday during the event from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., alongside their regular offerings. There’s also the 130-year old imported-from-Ireland bar inside the restaurant. It’s a great spot to grab a cold Guinness! For dessert, try the Bailey’s Iced Shake!
John Cooke, a Raglan Road founding partner, says that this caliber of talent and entertainment is typically experienced only at the major Irish Festivals. Lucky us – we’ve got it right here at Downtown Disney, and with no cover, I might add!
If you’re looking for a good time over the upcoming long weekend, add The Great Irish Hooley to your agenda. The event runs from 5 p.m. on August 30 until midnight on September 2, 2013, and you can get the schedule and event details here.