Crawley Irish Festival 2017

Crawley Irish Festival, the only Irish Summer Festival in the South East of Britain, celebrates its 21st Birthday on Sunday the 27th August showcasing some great Irish entertainment, music, sport and dance and much more.

Crawley Irish Festival is 21

Attracting over 6,000 people it’s recognised as a high profile Irish Festival here in the UK: featuring a number of arts workshops, Irish Dancing Demonstrations, three music stages featuring traditional and modern Irish music, GAA sport, children’s entertainment, educational areas, craft stalls and shops selling traditional Irish produce and arts & crafts.

So keep Sunday 27 August 2017 free in your diary for Crawley’s biggest Irish Festival ever! 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.

FDL Main Stage

MC – Gerry Molumby

  • Paddy Ryan Band
  • Mary Rose Band
  • The Craicheads
  • Reel Strings
  • Celtic Crunch
  • Marian Waldron

Coinford Trad Stage

MC – Patrick O Connell

  • Brogue Irish Folk
  • Irish Mist
  • Blackthorn
  • Chris O Malley
  • Strawdogs

CEILI Dance (in the Studio)

  • Tony Kearney
  • Irish Dance Displays

7 Hour Music Session (in the Bar Area)

  • Multiple bands will perform – together with acts from across the festival – each providing 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 from Croke Park.

J Devine Childrens Entertainment Arena

Children’s Entertainment: Running till 5.00 Children The younger element are well catered for in the J DEVINE CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT ARENA with particular emphasis on traditions and folklore workshops, kids drama corner, magic tricks and song and storytelling by Deirdre O’Byrne.
Family Entertainment
All-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.

And there’s more:

  • Watch out for Martin Logan of ‘The Irish in the UK’ (Sky 212 and Freesat 161) who’s down recording a special programme at the festival
  • Neil Munday of local SuzyRadio 103.4 is broadcasting live all afternoon
  • And lots more


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.

Foundation Developments Limited

Coinford - Trad Stage Sponsor

J Devine - Sponsor of the Childrens Entertainment Arena

Local Government Supporters

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