Crawley Irish Festival 2015

This year’s Crawley Irish Festival will showcase some great Irish entertainment, music, sport and dance. In its nineteenth year, the festival is a great family day out to enjoy live music, dance and entertainment for the whole family over the English Bank Holiday weekend. It’s also a great opportunity to watch televised GAA sport and the event is absolutely free.

So keep Sunday 30 August 2015 free in your diary for Crawley’s biggest Irish Festival ever, now at a new venue! Visit us from 12 noon at The Hawth Theatre Grounds, Crawley, West Sussex – just a short while from Gatwick Airport.


Main Stage - Live MusicLive Music: The Music will showcase some of the biggest Irish acts from Britain and Ireland. Whilst the Trad Stage features the best traditional and folk acts from throughout the UK and Ireland. Full details are still to be confirmed.

Main Stage
MC – Gerry Molumby

  • 1.30 – Strawdogs
  • 2.30 – Opening Ceremony with Gerry Molumby introducing special guests
  • 3.00 – John McNicholl
  • 4.45 – Dun the Veil

TRAD Stage
MC Patrick O’Connell

  • 12.00 NOON – Brogue Irish Folk
  • 1.15 – Nuala Dalton (flute and vocals) and Friends. Ciaran Hanna on concertina, Chris McGuire on Box and Anthony McGrath on guita
  • 2.30 – Irish Mist
  • 4.00 – The London Lasses and Chris O’Malley
  • 5-30 – Arís with Chan Reed on fiddle and vocals and Kevin Scanlon on guitar

CEILI Dance (in the Studio)

  • 2.30 to 4.30 – with Tony Kearney

7 Hour Music Session (in the Bar Area)

  • Celtic Crunch and Reel Strings provide the backbone to the music session together with acts from across the festival each proving 15-20 minute sessions throughout the day.

Open Dance and Dancing Displays

Live Dance: Irish Dance displays have always been popular at the festivals and the Open Dance Competition attracts competitors from all over the the world at the Irish Dance Stage.

Ceili Dancing Arena is always a focal point where newcomers are always welcome to join in. Watch out for the future members of Riverdance with dancing displays by local dance schools.

So enjoy a great day with some great entertainment.

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Live Sport: GAA Sport also has an important role to play with live action being played out on the big screen right in the heart of Crawley.

Sport on the BIG SCREEN will show the All Ireland Football Semi-Final between Mayo and Dublin.

Family EntertainmentAll-Round Family Fun: Families and children will be well catered for with stalls and an amusement area for all-round family fun.

Children are catered for in the festival play area, a fair, football, art, songs and storytelling with particular emphasis on Irish traditions and folklore.

Children’s Entertainment: Running till 5.00 Children are catered for in the festival play area with a mini fair, football, art workshops, songs and storytelling by Deirdre O’Byrne with particular emphasis on Irish traditions and folklore.

And there’s more:

  • In the Tennyson Room, Prof Mary Hickman gives a talk on ‘Ireland and its diaspora’.
  • Celebrated photographer Gerry Molumby has a fantastic display of his Irish photos from all over.
  • An Siopa… don’t forget to call and stock up on your Irish Produce.
  • And lots more (Filming) who broadcast on Sky 191 and Freesat 400 are visiting with a film crew to record this year’s festival with the show being televised the following week.


All proceeds from the Crawley Irish Festival are invested in community projects to assist in the promotion of Celtic and Irish cultural activities in and around Crawley.


Admission is the best value family day out in the southeast because it’s absolutely Free! That’s right, it’s free. Nothing, nadder, zip!


The Crawley Irish Festival is supported through funding by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs; Emigrant Support Fund, Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council.

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