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There’s more to being Irish then drinking beer and wearing green. There’s also drinking ale and wearing chartreuse.
But seriously folks, from July 9-11 Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center hosts the 25th annual Irish Fest. For its Silver Anniversary, the festival will kick it up a notch, boasting five stages featuring music, dancing and family fun, as well as a range of ethnic food and cultural exhibits.
Benefitting the Irish American Heritage Center, the event attracts thousands of Irish and Irish-curious people from across the Midwest. Ticket prices range from $8-$14 and the hefty list of entertainers includes The Elders, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, The Tossers, SCYTHIAN and The Makem & Spain Brothers, none of whom I’ve ever heard of, but I’m not exactly hip to the Irish music circuit.
In fact, I know very little about the great Irish people; still, in honor of this cultural event, I’ve compiled my top 10 Irish “facts.”
1. Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer was Irish.
2. Irishistas (the proper moniker for female Irish persons) are feisty and stubborn and frequently outwit elves.
4. The Gaelic language is totally made up.
5. If you wear an Irish Claddagh ring facing toward your palm it means you’re open-hearted. If you wear it facing your fingertips it means you run a small bookkeeping business in Fresno.
6. James Joyce’s short story “The Dead” warns that Ireland is a country more concerned with past then present. Also, there’s a lot of snow.
8. Every pre-teen American Irishista goes through a period of obsessing over her heritage. It’s all Celtic knots this and Erin Go Bragh that until finally she gets a horse or a boyfriend.
9. Conan O’Brien!
10. I’m pretty sure my dog is Irish because her name is Maggie and she has red hair.