Irish Festival 2012

Past Event: 18 November 2012

Irish Festival
Image Courtesy of Tourism Ireland

A celebration of Irish culture for the whole family.

This festival of Irish culture and heritage, held in association with the Irish community in Victoria, was full of music and dance, hearty food and good craic,

With one in ten Australians claiming Irish ancestry, the Irish Festival attracted many visitors and fans of Irish music and dance. Other offerings included Irish cuisine, help to research Irish surnames and information about travelling to Ireland.

View Irish Festival program (PDF, 222 KB)


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Derds O' Reilly 7 November, 2012 14:14
Just wondering why Damian Howard is performing when there are so many other great musicians who are Irish immigrants and who embrace their music . Damian has not played Irish music in a long time.dissapointing when there is such amazing talent in Melbourne!!!
Immigration Discovery Centre 8 November, 2012 11:17

Hi Derds,

Thanks for your comment.  We work with representatives of the Irish community in Victoria to plan the festival program collaboratively and together we have lined up a range of exciting performers and groups who identify with the Irish community in different ways and work in a range of styles – including Bloomsday in Melbourne, Christine Ayres School of Irish Dancing, Comhaltas, Eire Force, Euphonia Trio, Damian Howard, Irish Language Association Choir, Jane Belfrage, Lake School of Celtic Music Song & Dance, Mossie Scanlon and Pat McKernan.  Full festival program will be released early next week – watch this space!

Mary Fitzpatrick 14 November, 2012 10:40
Hello, My father, John Fitzpatrick, migrated to Australia from Ireland in 1960, with his wife Joan, my brother John Joseph then 2 and myself, then just shy of 12 months old. Mum was in the early stages of her preagnancy with my sister Johanna. They came to Australia to settle and work hard, which he did. They went onto have 8 more children, sadly loosing my brother John Joseph not long after landing in Australia to accidental drowning. Their story is both fascinating and inspiring. We lost Mum 5 years ago and Dad now resides in Aged Care. This Sunday as many of us as possible will be attending the festival with Dad. Is there a way I can submit his story and have his story told to surprise him.
Discovery Centre 14 November, 2012 13:46
Hi Mary, perhaps you would like to share your family story on the Irish Migration to Australia reference sheet. You will be able to view this both at home and when you come in on Sunday for the festival!
Patricia Bates 16 November, 2012 12:08
My first ancestors were convicts, from Dublin, John Barford/Barfoot and Elizabeth Church who marrried in Sydney in 1811, they had 9 children. Then came John Flynn from Cork in the 1860's and Margaret Scanlan from Tipperary also in 1860's. They married in 1876 in Woods Point, Victoria and had 14 children. I am very proud of my Irish heritage. Patricia [nee Flynn]
Karen King 18 August, 2015 12:21
My direct ancestors were John Barford/Barfoot and Elizabeth Church as well :)
Wendy Taylor 13 June, 2016 19:22
I'm also descended from Elizabeth church and John Barfoot
Sharyn Heath 20 February, 2017 08:24
I've just found out that Elizabeth Church and John Barfoot were my ancestors also. This would explain the Irish and Scandinavian part of my DNA test.
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