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Raglan Road to celebrate Labor Day Weekend with a ‘Great Irish Hooley’

by Banks Lee

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The Great Irish Hooley returns for four days of food, live music and fun Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downtown Disney.

Irish slang for a party or celebration, the Great Irish Hooley debuted in 2012 to such acclaim that it returns in 2013 with top Irish bands, music and dance workshops and Celtic fun for everyone.

“Last year’s hooley was such a success that we started planning early this year to invite the best of Irish bands and entertainers,” says John Cooke, a Raglan Road founding partner and native of Ireland.

Labor Day weekend guests can celebrate Central Florida’s only boutique Irish festival with authentic Irish cuisine and a memorable long weekend of top Irish bands and dance performances. This year’s lineup includes Scythian, fresh from the Irish festival circuit, with its rock-infused Celtic and world music; Lisa Canny and her contemporary twist on traditional and folk tunes; and Elevation, a U2 tribute band.

A traditional Irish social celebration, the “hooley” combines music ranging from traditional to rock tunes with entertainment and interactive fun for the whole family. Guests also can kick up their heels during structured set dancing known as the Ceili (pronounced kay-lee) – a precursor to today’s popular line dances. Monday night’s grand finale Electric Ceili will be a high-voltage mash-up of every Hooley performer on one stage.

The Hooley will also feature Celtic face-painting Saturday through Monday. During the celebration, guests can grab a table for authentic fare by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon or belly up to one of Raglan Road’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars.

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