The Savannah Waterfront Association is hosting the rebirth of the Irish Heritage Festival "Tara Feis". "Tara Feis" was successfully hosted for over 26 years largely with funding provided by the City of Savannah and lost this funding for 2018, thus creating a gap year for this extremely popular local Savannah Festival.
At this time, the festival does not qualify for City of Savannah funding and few sponsor commitments have been sealed at this time. The Savannah Waterfront Association feels that the Celtic Ceol Feis is an important event in the Savannah community that touches many people's minds and hearts and has an important role in honoring Irish music and culture just like Tara Feis has done in the past
Celtic Ceol Feis, the rebirth of the family festival formerly known as Tara Feis will return to Emmet Park on Saturday, March 9, 2019 with Irish dancing and music, great Irish food and lots of fun activities for children! Opening ceremonies with presenting of the colors and national anthems will kick things off at 11:00 AM, including a blessing from The Most Reverend John Kevin Boland, Bishop Emeritus at the Diocese of Savannah. Fantastic Irish music and dancing follows: Irish Dancers of Savannah; Harry O’Donoghue; Legacy Irish Dance Academy; and Tracie Brown with her Celtic harp.
The Savannah Waterfront welcomes headliner Padraig Allen & McLean Avenue Band for Celtic Ceol Feis! McLean Avenue Band masterfully combines traditional Irish tunes and ballads with elements of Rock, Pop and R and B, providing a fun experience for a wide range of fans.
Kids will have lots of fun activities during the festival in the Waterfront Kidz Zone. The Coastal Heritage Society and Children's Museum will be conducting “Plant a Shamrock” gardening activities and much more. The Savannah Waterfront Association will also be leading pen-pal letter writing to Irish children of our adopted sister elementary school in Ireland. Savannah is honored to welcome children’s author Lynda Suwala to Celtic Ceol Feis. Ms. Suwala will be conducting readings and other fun activities connected to her new picture book, “In the Land of Ireland".
No Irish festival is complete without delicious Irish cuisine and beverages. Celtic Ceol Feis welcomes Ma’s Irish Kitchen serving Irish potato inspired creations. Guinness, Coca-Cola and water will be for sale.
Inaugural Celtic Ceol Feis T-Shirts will also be available for sale at the SWA booth.
The Savannah Waterfront Association wants to extend a special thanks to the students of St. Vincent’s Academy & Benedictine Military School for their volunteer efforts during Celtic Ceol Feis.