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Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Activities

There's just as much to do after your classes let out at the Irish Fest Summer School. Meet your fellow classmates during these great activities.

Welcome Social and Songs and Stories with Tommy Sands, Monday August 12, 7 - 9pm - Free!

Location: Great Hall at the Celtic MKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI

Meet Summer School instructors and fellow students, enjoy a cash bar, and listen to some great music!

8pm: Songs and Stories with Tommy Sands. Legendary singer, song-writer, and activist Tommy Sands shares songs, stories, and conversation moderated by Ed Ward exploring his music and life. This is funded as part of the 2019 Eugene Byrne Memorial Lecture.

Free parking available nearby.


Instructor Showcase, Tuesday August 13, 8:00 - 9:30pm

Location: Great Hall at the CelticMKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Instructor Showcase Concert. Get a sample of our talented instructors from near and far as they perform short sets of their music. Schedule coming soon!

Free to registered Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Students. Suggested donation of $5 for guests and general public. Cash bar.

Grand Session, Wednesday August 14

Grand Session - details coming soon!

Gaeltacht Lunch Table - Free!

Try your hand at Irish or just listen in. We’ll have a Gaeltacht lunch table from 11:15am to 12:15pm at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center.

Lunch Slow Sessions - Free!

If you know a tune or two and want to learn how to play well with others, these sessions are for you. The sessions will be held from 11:00am to 12:15pm in the Great Hall at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center.

Lunch Book Club - Free!

2020 - Lunch Book Club with Mary Lou Stauber! Read and discuss Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan. Read this New York Time review of the book here:

Book Club will run 11:00am to 12:15pm at the CelticMKE Center (room TBD).

Tea and Talk - Free!

Open Irish cultural discussions on Tuesday and Wednesday of the Summer School week from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday: “A Rich Store of Wild Tales”: The Brontës and Ireland with Marguerite Helmers
This short talk and discussion will consider the Irishness of the stories penned by the famous Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne and their father, the Reverend Patrick Brontë. Rev. Brontë was born in rural Drumballyroney, County Down. While he left Ireland for good when he was 29, he couldn’t extricate himself from Irish politics and religious debate, publishingThe Maid of Killarney; Or, Albion and Flora: A Modern Tale; In Which Are Interwoven Some Cursory Remarks on Religion and Politics in 1818. Furthermore, it has been said that an “Irish consciousness” pervades Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and that Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights was “probably Irish.” Brontë enthusiasts, fans of the moors, lovers of the Gothic, and the curious are invited. No prior reading will be required.

Nighttime - Sessions

After classes, be sure to meet up for music, some dance, some song and fun.

Monday night: General sessions following the welcome social and Eugene Byrne Memorial Lecture at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub, 13225 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. (starting after 9pm).

Tuesday night: Sessions at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub following performance at the CelticMKE Center.

Wednesday night: Grand Session -- details coming soon.

Also on Wednesday night, Tosa Tonight's Milwaukee Irish Fest night. Note: this is an outdoors concert experience at Wauwatosa's Rotary Performance Pavilion. We recommend bringing lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Please Note: Certain travels routes in Wauwatosa are restricted due to construction efforts. Here is a direct route to O'Donoghue's Irish Pub from the CelticMKE Center (formerly the Milwuakee Irish Fest Center):

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