Join those who would be Irish (and some who ARE Irish) in a joyous celebration of Irish history, music and culture! The very first Beaufort Irish Festival takes place throughout February, with the following events: Sat, Feb 9:  Irish History
7-8PM – Author & guest lecturer Howard Keeley will present: “From Protest to Peace: Political Murals of Northern Ireland” at St. John’s Lutheran.

Sat, Feb 16: Irish Culture
7-8PM – Guest lecturer David Gleeson will present:  “The Irish in the South” at St. John’s Lutheran.

Fri, Feb 22: Irish Festival Gala: Cocktail Party and Film
6-7:30PM – O’Carolan recital by Harpist, Anne Durant, Chris Kohut playing the lute and John Hillenbrand playing the Baroque violin  with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres in the lobby of the USCB Performing Arts Center.

7:30-9PM – Showing of the Irish comedy, “The Waking of Ned Devine” in the USCB Performing Arts Center Auditorium

9-10PM – Irish Coffee and/or Dessert in the USCB Performing Arts Center Lobby.

Sat, Feb 23: Parade and Festival
10-11AM – Molly Malone Parade at Waterfront Park.
Elementary school students with kazoos and decorated wheelbarrow’s as floats (commemorating Molly Malone and her “Cockles & Mussels, Alive, Alive-O”) will parade through Waterfront Park.  Competitions will include “Best Leprechaun”, “Best Molly Malone Float” and “Best Talent Performance Group.”

1- 2PM — Concert performance of local teenage fiddlers, “Na Fidleiri” in St. Peter’s Church.

2:30-to 3:30PM  —  Beaufort Irish Dance Troupe with Delaney Hasson; Irish Cooking Demonstration and Soda Bread Competition in St. Peter’s Walsh-Palmetto Room and a presentation on the Franciscan Center’s community work by the Irish Sisters in St. Peter’s Church.

3:00-5:00PM—Irish Musician, Carroll Brown in St. Peter’s Church.