Cuyahoga Falls -- From Screaming Orphans to the Gathering of Redheads, this year's Riverfront Irish Festival has much to offer those who are Irish and everyone else who wishes they were on June 13, 14 and 15 at Falls River Square.
The three-day celebration of Irish heritage features three stages of music, the Irish Market Place with traditional Irish and American fare, Irish food court, Irish Mass on Sunday (June 15), and traditional Irish dance. Highlights will include Irish wolfhounds, bagpipes, and kids' activities. Parking and admission is free.
Headlining the concert schedule is a band of four females hailing from Ireland, known as Screaming Orphans. This is the first time in this Irish festival's history that a band is traveling here from Ireland to perform, said Tom Fickes, spokesman for the Riverfront Irish Festival.
Described as "when honey and gravel collide," according to riverfrontirishfest.com, Screaming Orphans is a pop/Celtic rock band from County Donegal, Ireland. The band consists of the four Diver sisters (Joan, Angela, Gràinne and Marie Thérèse) and they play their own melodic pop songs as well as traditional Irish songs.
"We are still having a lot of the local bands," said Fickes. The entertainment schedule includes Dulahan, Mary's Lane, Callahan & O'Connor, Brigid's Cross, The New Barleycorn, The Shaffer Brothers, The Flying Jays, That Irish Band, Pat Flynn & The Green Blossom Special, Fergie & The Bog Dogs, Celtic Eagle Pipe & Drum, MacConmara Academy of Irish Dance and O'Hare Irish Dance Troupe.
A full list of entertainment and more information on the festival and the Hibernians is at www.riverfrontirishfest.com.
Also new to the Irish Festival this year is the inaugural Gathering of Redheads photo shoot at 12:15 p.m. June 15 following the Sunday Irish Mass.
There will be a lot of good food -- Irish and American -- available during the festival, Fickes said, as well as three kinds of Irish beer, an American light beer and various types of wine and wine coolers to wash it down. The menu will include reuben egg rolls, Irish sausage, deep-fried chili dogs, wood-fired oven pizzas and stuffed hot peppers.