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Hirten Family Dancers

Hofstra University presents the 19th Annual Irish Festival on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Mack Physical Education Center, located on the University’s North Campus.

The Irish Festival celebrates the Irish gifts of music, food and culture to America. There will be a number of music and dance performances throughout the day, as well activities for children, craft vendors and authentic Irish food.

McLean Avenue Band
McLean Avenue Band

Returning entertainment includes Guest Master of Ceremonies Tony Jackson (WRHU, 88.7FM, Hofstra University); the McLean Avenue Band; the Black Velvet Band; and the Hirten Irish Dancers.

Admission to the 19th Annual Irish Festival is $6 and $5 for senior citizens (65 and older). Children under 12 are free. Members of the Hofstra community also receive one free admission upon presentation of a current HofstraCard.

The public may call Hofstra’s Festival Hotline at (516) 463-6582 or visit for more information. For vendor information call Jessie Garcia at (516) 463-6504. Guests may also become a fan of Hofstra University Festivals on Facebook.


11 a.m. Festival opens to the public. Master of Ceremonies Tony Jackson, former host of Irish Country on WRHU-88.7FM, Radio Hofstra University, welcomes the public.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Black Velvet Band. The Black Velvet Band, featuring Jimmy Walsh, Jimmy Lavin and Mickey Peare, performs traditional Irish music. The group has played with some of the finest entertainers in Ireland and the United States.


1-2:30 p.m. The McLean Avenue Band. The McLean Avenue Band – one of Long Island’s most popular Irish bands – is sure to entertain audiences with some Irish favorites.

1-3 p.m. Magicians, clowns, dancing, cotton candy – great for all ages.

2:30-3:30 p.m. The Black Velvet Band

4-5 p.m. The Hirten Family Irish Dancers. The Hirten Family Irish Dancers includes several national champion dancersrecognized by the Irish Dance Association of North America. The group has qualified for and competed in world championships held in Ireland.


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