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2024 Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Activities

Classes during the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School are only part of the experience! Join in on our sessions, evening events, and more to connect with fellow students and instructors.


Monday, August 12, 2024 at 7pm: Welcome Social and Talk and Tunes with Mary MacNamara (CelticMKE Center)

We kick off the Summer School week with our welcome social at 7pm. At 8pm, Ward Irish Music Archives Director Barry Stapleton will interview Mary MacNamara about her life playing Irish music as part of our annual Eugene Byrne Memorial Lecture series. Mary will share some favorite tunes and stories of growing up in East Clare throughout the evening. 

Session to follow at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub (13225 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove, WI 53122).

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (August 13-15): Lunchtime Slow Session 11:15am to 12:15pm

Brett Lipshutz will lead students through tunes at a relaxed pace during our lunchtime slow sessions!

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (August 13-15): Irish Fest Summer School Book Club 11:30am to 12:00pm

Irish Fest Summer School book club will convene in the Archives Parlor Room during the lunch hour, 11:30 - 12:00.  A discussion of HEREAFTER by Vona Groarke will take place on August 13, 14, and 15 (Tuesday , Wednesday, and Thursday). Bring a lunch and join the discussion!

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at 8pm: Instructors Showcase Concert at CelticMKE Center.

Join us for a special night of music featuring our fabulous roster of Irish Fest Summer School instructors! Doors open at 7:30pm, free to registered students. Free will offering suggested for the general public.

Session to follow at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub (13225 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove, WI 53122).

Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 7pm: Grand Session 

Join us for some tunes to close out our evening activities for the 2024 Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School! Tunes start around 7pm.

O'Donoghue's Irish Pub
13225 Watertown Plank Rd
Elm Grove, WI 53122

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