Crawley Irish Festival 2016

Crawley Irish Festival, the only Irish Summer Festival in the South East of Britain, celebrates its 21st Birthday on Sunday the 28th August showcasing some great Irish entertainment, music, sport and dance and much more.

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 28 August 2016 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

  • 12.00 – Mary Rose and Her Band
  • 1.30 – Reel Strings
  • 2.30 – Opening Ceremony with Gerry Molumby introducing special guests
  • 3.15 – The Craicheads
  • 4.45 – Shawn Cuddy and band

TRAD Stage
MC Patrick O’Connell

  • 12.00 NOON – Brogue Irish Folk
  • 1.00 – Jacquelyn Hynes ensemble
  • 2.15 – Granny’s Attic
  • 3.30 – Irish Mist
  • 4-30 – Nuala Dalton and friends 
  • 6.00 – Arís

CEILI Dance (in the Studio)

  • 2.30 to 4.30 – Celtic Crunch

7 Hour Music Session (in the Bar Area)

  • Celtic Crunch and Strawdogs 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 from Croke Park.

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 special children’s entertainment area with particular emphasis on Irish traditions and folklore including art workshops, kids’ drama corner with Mairead Cuminsky and storytelling by Deirdre O’Byrne .

And there’s more:

  • In the Tennyson Room, Dr Linda Doran gives a talk on ‘The Celts and Celtic Ireland’.
  • 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


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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