Twenty One Years ago, Gerry Curran, who was the President of the Danbury Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, had a dream. Gerry’s dream was that there was a need for and that there should be an Irish Festival in the Danbury area to present and perpetuate Irish music and culture. Gerry convinced, the President of the Danbury Division of the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Sharon Higgins that this was worthwhile project. Together Gerry and Sharon convinced the men and women of the Danbury AOH to support and work to establish an Irish Festival and that any profits would be used to establish an Irish Center in Danbury. This second dream came about in 2009 when the Greater Danbury Irish Center opened on Lake Ave in Danbury.
Gerry’s dream to establish an Irish Festival became a reality in 1995 when the Greater Danbury Irish Festival made its debut in Rogers Park. The Festival subsequently relocated to the Ives Center and continued there until 2011 when bad weather and financial difficulties caused it to downsize and be held for several years at the Lake Ave. Irish Center.
Now Gerry’s dream of an Irish Festival is back at the Ives Center and we know it is going to be fun for all to come out between September 15 to September 17, 2017 and enjoy the Irish ambiance at the Ives Center and take a musical trip to the Emerald isle !!
For more information please email FestivalCommittee@danburyirishfestival.org or call the club at 203-739-0010.