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Raglan Road at Downtown Disney to hold ‘Great Irish Hooley’ Labor Day weekend

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Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant will be holding Central Florida’s very first Great Irish Hooley. Never heard of a “Hooley?” well your can experience your first one from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 2012 at Downtown Disney.

A hooley is Irish slang for a party or celebration. This Labor Day weekend, Raglan Road will feature six top Irish bands playing traditional and rock tunes, Irish Dance Workshops, structured set dancing called the Ceili, Celtic face painting and authentic food and beverages. Musicians will perform both inside the pub and outside on the patio.

Celebrating their successful debut album, “Full Set” plays the festival Friday through Monday to begin a U.S. tour that includes the Milwaukee Irish Fest. “Elevation”, the popular U2 Tribute band, plays sets on Saturday and Sunday. Other great bands on tap are The Raglan Rogues, Danny Burns, Johnny “Snaggs” Norton and house band Creel. The six-member, Raglan Road Irish Dancers perform throughout the weekend. Lastly, renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast will lead Irish Dance Workshops from Saturday through Monday.

Throughout the hooley, guests can belly up to one of Raglan Road’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic fare by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon. For more information on the Great Irish Hooley visit www.raglanroad.com.

Be sure to check out the Fall 2012 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine for a review of Raglan Road.

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2 comments

Alicia Riveria August 21, 2012 - 11:15 am

I just wanted to say I am fully Irish, living in the west of Ireland and never once in my Irish life have I heard the word “hooley”!! Ceilí, definitely but hooley – never!

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Kevin September 1, 2012 - 12:04 pm

I’m 100% Irish, born in Dublin and spent most of my life in Central Florida. “Hooley” is an American slang for Hooligan. Don’t miss the good time by getting hung up on the word. Raglan Road is a lovely place to have a jar. The food is delightful and the staff is always wonderful. One of the managers is from Dundalk so go and have a good time.

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