Labor Day weekend turns into a four-day party celebrating Irish music and entertainment at “The Great Irish Hooley,” a traditional Irish social celebration at Raglan Road, an Irish pub in Orlando’s Downtown Disney.
From Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, the event combines music ranging from traditional to rock tunes, with a mix of Irish bands, Irish dance workshops, structured set dancing known as the Ceili, Celtic face-painting and authentic food and beverages.
The entertainment includes Full Set, a popular Irish band that released its successful debut album last year; Elevation, the U2 Tribute Band; Creel, Raglan Road's popular house band; The Raglan Rogues, a folk band from Dublin; balladeer Danny Burns; folk singer Johnny "Snaggs" Norton and The Raglan Road Irish Dancers, among others.
Guests can participate in Irish dance workshops – “From Our Roots to Riverdance" – with Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast and the Raglan Road Dancers. Ronan will chart and demonstrate the origins and traditional styles of Irish dance through to the contemporary styles of dance made famous by Riverdance.
The pub is at Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista/Orlando.
Info: 407-938-0300, http://thegreatirishhooley.com