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New Haven Feis

The New Haven Feis at the Connecticut Irish Festival


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Feis will commence after 8:30 a.m. Mass

Feis Chairman John O’Keefe



New Haven Feis Registrations New Haven Feis Syllabus 2016

New Haven Feis Stage Schedule New Haven Feis Stage Schedule 2016.

*** please note: figures competitions which were omitted on the schedule in error are up first at approx. 9:00 am

 Adjudicators are:

Patricia Lenihan
Joe Saletski
Erin Kennedy
Debbie Lynch Weber
Maureen O’Leary
Peggy Woods
Maggie Ritnour

This year the National Anthems will be sung by Fiona Stewart, 2013 Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen.


One of the main highlights is the New Haven Feis (pronounced Fesh), dating back to 1966, which is held on the Sunday of the CT Irish Festival.  The Feis consists of Irish dance, Irish music, Irish language, and Irish soda bread competitions.  

This is an old fashion outdoor Feis where the dancers compete on stages under opened tents. The Irish dancers will compete in light jig, reel and slip jig dance competitions wearing their soft shoes (called Gillies) as well as in hard shoe competitions dancing a treble jig, hornpipe and/or traditional set.

Competitors come from all over Connecticut as well as NY, NJ, MA, MD, RI, PA, NH, VT, ME, and VA.   There has been competitors from as far as California and Alaska and repeatedly every year from Quebec and Ontario, Canada.

The cultural building at the festival will feature Irish soda bread competitions.

There are 3 different Irish Soda Bread competitions:  Brown, Raisin and Fancy Bread.  If interested in entering in the Irish bread competition please bring your bread to the cultural building by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the Feis. No registration is required. Your bread is your entry fee.

Please click on the Feis syllabus below  for details on how to register for competitions.

Feis Syllabus:  New Haven Feis Syllabus 2016


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