Tuesday, 20th Sept 2011
THE WILDWOODS – The East Coast’s largest Irish Festival comes to the Wildwoods Thursday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 25 during the 20th annual Irish Fall Festival.
The festival, designed to celebrate Irish culture and heritage through a variety of events, tees off on Thursday, Sept. 22, with a golf tournament at the Avalon Golf Club, located at 1506 N. Route 9 in Swainton. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $90 per golfer before Thursday, Sept. 15 and $100 per golfer after that date. Space is limited and reservations are recommended.
To reserve a spot, call the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at 1-800-IRISH-91.
On Thursday night, head to the Irish Music Tent, located at Olde New Jersey and Spruce Avenues, for a night of live amateur boxing featuring 10 amateur boxing bouts sanctioned by the Middle Atlantic Boxing Association, featuring the Harrowgate Boxing Club of Philadelphia, vs. the Holy Family Boxing Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The bouts are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For advanced ticket sales call (215) 465-1778 or contact the AOH.
Vendors with Irish merchandise will line Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Live entertainment will also be featured along Olde New Jersey Avenue from noon-10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday including performances from The Paul Moore Band, Broken Shillelaghs, Celtic Connection, Sean Fleming Band, Secret Service, The Bogside Rogues, Barley Boys, The Highland Rovers, Split Decision, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones, Bare Knuckle Boxers, Timmy Kelly, Dolly McGee and many others.
Additionally, Irish food and entertainment will also be available at most pubs and taverns in North Wildwood all weekend.
Festivities on Saturday, Sept. 24 kick off with a 5K Run starting at 8 a.m. Registration for the 5K Run will be at the AOH tent, located between 1st and 2nd Avenues on Olde New Jersey Avenue. Various prizes will be awarded following the 5K Run. For early registration visit Owen’s Pub, located at 119 East 17th St. in North Wildwood, or register the day of the 5K run at 8 a.m. at the AOH tent. A $15 entry fee is required to participate.
Saturday’s entertainment continues at 10 a.m. with the Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition, located at 8th and Central Avenues. Free Irish dance lessons will also be available on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Anglesea Volunteer Fire House, located at Second and Olde New Jersey Avenues. A traditional ceili, or Celtic music jam, will be held on Saturday evening at the Anglesea Firehouse from 7-11 p.m. featuring the Pearl River Ceili Band.
On Sunday, Sept. 25, everyone is welcome to celebrate a 10:30 a.m. mass at Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, located at Glenwood and Atlantic Avenues. The Irish Fall Festival comes to an end after a special parade on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. at 24th and Surf Avenues and continuing to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues.
Due to the large attendance the Irish Fall Festival attracts, shuttle bus transportation will be available. Buses will loop continuously in North Wildwood from 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues along Surf Avenue to 26th Avenue. Bus service through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest will also be available.
For additional information, call 1-800-IRISH-91 or see www.CMCAOH.com.