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New Haven Feis

The New Haven Feis at the Connecticut Irish Festival

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Start time 9:30 am


FEIS CO-CHAIRWOMEN: Meghan Lenihan and Erin Collins



FEIS SYLLABUS:  New Haven Feis Syllabus 2017


FEIS STAGE SCHEDULE:  Revised 6/21/2017  New Haven Feis Stage Schedule


  • Sheila Bremer, A.D.C.R.G., MA

  • Sheila Cloherty, A.D.C.R.G., MA

  • Donny Golden, A.D.C.R.G., NY

  • Maureen Greene-O’Leary, A.D.C.R.G., MA

  • Sinead Keane McDonagh, A.D.C.R.G., MA

  • Theresa O’Sullivan-Randall, A.D.C.R.G., NY

$20 family admission fee paid at time of feis registrations is your admission into the Festival – Please present your confirmation receipt email at entrance gate

National Anthems (Irish and American) will be sung by Emily Burke. Emily is a student at Southern CT State University and daughter of IACC members Peter and Lynda Burke of Hamden.

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 competitions: solos and championships 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 exhibits building at the festival will feature Irish soda bread competitions. There are 3 different Irish Soda Bread competitions:  Brown, Raisin and Fancy Bread.  $10.00 Entry Fee. There will be 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in each category. Winners will receive WATERFORD CRYSTAL VASE. To enter click on following for Irish Bread Contest Entry Form

Feis Syllabus: New Haven Feis Syllabus 2017


Feis Stage Schedule:  Revised 6/21/2017 New Haven Feis Stage Schedule


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