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Fire Pipe and Drums

Dubuque Fire Pipe and Drums

Pipe and drum band created in July 2009 by public servants from the fire, police & 911 dispatch services.

Contact: Dennis Bradley for booking or


  • Envision Sports
  • A. Y. McDonald Manufacturing Company
  • TriStates Night Out
  • Shamrock Imports
  • Stone Cliff Winery
  • Heiar Fencing
  • Biechler Electric
  • Research for the Kids

Food Vendors

  • Dubuque County Fairgrounds
  • Tater Booth, Freddie’s Popcorn
  • L May Restaurant
  • Caroline’s Restaurant
  • Chocolate Hog Barbeque   Please correct the Individual Sponsors to move “General Bob Photography – Bob & Nancy Felderman and McCullough Farms – Rob McCullough to CORPORATE SPONSORS, and the Fittings are correct.  Please drop Corporate Partners – University of Dubuque Heritage Center, Vinny Vanucchi’s Restaurant, Knights of Columbus, Festival, Potosi Brewery, and Hotel Julien Dubuque.  Change AY McDonald to add Manufacturing Company.  ADD Matthews Distributing to Corporate Sponsors.


The mission of the Irish Hooley is to promote Irish/Celtic music and culture in Dubuque.. For generations, the highlight of Irish social life was the Hooley with music, dance, song, good conversation and merriment.

I would like to be a sponsor of the Irish Hooley!

Our Boards of Directors

2019 Executive Board

Robert McCullough

Bryan Fitting
Vice President

Bob Felderman
Treasurer/Executive Director DACFR tbd

Pat Leonard
At Large Director

Sarah Murray-Fitting
Food Vendor Director 

Pat McClain
At Large Director

Jim Siegert
At Large Director

Jerry Feeney
At Large Director

Vicki Leonard
At Large Director and LAOH President

Abby Lawrence
Volunteer Director and Secretary

Jordan Larkin
Advertising & Marketing Committee

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The Irish Hooley Gives Back!

Thanks to the support from all of you, Research for the Kids raised $291,186.04 for the kids! Irish Hooley contributed to this great cause and donated $4,000 to the kids. Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual RFTK on September 19, 2020!

Past Events

August 23-24, 2016
12th Annual Irish Hooley Music Festival, Friday 26 August and Saturday 27 August, at the Dubuque Star Brewery and Alliant Amphitheater, featuring The Lads, Led Farmers, The High Kings, and Gaelic Storm.

December 11, 2015
The Celtic Tenors holiday concert at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center.

August 20 – 22, 2015
11th Annual Irish Hooley Music Festival at Dubuque Star Brewery
Gaelic Storm, The High Kings, We Banjo 3, The Screaming Orphans

April 26, 2015
An Irish Sunday at the JDIFF and the Closing Party
Featuring Madison-based band Kilkenny
JDIFF Closing Party Sunday, April 26

The 2015 JDIFF (Julien Dubuque Intl Film Festival) closing day on April 26 included “An Irish Sunday” sponsored by the IRISH HOOLEY. Our films shown at the 5 Flags Orpheum Theater (3pm to 6pm) included A Proper Pint by Dubuque native Keven Siegert and The O’Brien’s represented by 5 members of the cast and crew visiting from Ireland. The Irish Hooley then hosted the closing party at 6pm with music by the Madison-based band Kilkenny! It was great craic!

March 17, 2015
Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Emily & Alison Ott & John Eby

March 14, 2015
2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party
The Lads, Raspberry Lemonade, Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drum Corp.

February 15, 2015
Gaelic Storm at the Mississippi Moon Bar, Diamond Jo Casino

August 22- 23, 2014
10th Annual Irish Hooley, Mississippi Moon Bar & Alliant Amphitheater
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Skerryvore, The Screaming Orphans, Manran, The Lads

March 17, 2014
Cherish The Ladies St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Five Flags Theatre
Featuring Joanie Madden

March 13, 2014
1st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party
Wylde Nept, The Lads, Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drum Corp.

October 12, 2013
Open The Door For Three at the Schmid Innovation Center
Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare, Pat Broaders, with Andreas Transo

August 24, 2013
9th Annual Irish Hooley at Alliant Amphitheater
Gaelic Storm, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Skerryvore, Tallymore, The Lads

August 25, 2012
8th Annual irish Hooley at Alliant Amphitheater
The Elders, The Yong Dubliners, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Derek Warfield, Searson

August 27, 2011
7th Annual Irish Hooley at Alliant Amphitheater
Gaelic Storm, The Elders, Wylde Nept, The Chancey Brothers

August 28, 2010
6th Annual Irish Hooley at Alliant Amphitheater
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Seven Nations, Rising Gael, Stephen’s Green, The Lads

November 17, 2009
Irish Uillean Pipes Player Paddy Keenan at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub
Featuring Patsy O’Brien with Andreas Transo and Peter Fraterdeus

August 29, 2009
5th Annual Irish Hooley at Alliant Amphitheater
Gaelic Storm, Rising Gael, Wylde Nept, Stephen’s Green, Fiona Molloy

August 23, 2008
4th Annual Irish Hooley at Alliant Amphitheater
Gaelic Storm, The Chancey Brothers, Fiona Molloy, The Fuchsia Band, The Lads

August 25, 2007
3rd Annual Irish Hooley at Alliant Amphitheater
Gaelic Storm, Wylde Nept, Sean McRactagan, The Lads

September 24, 2006
2nd Annual Irish Hooley at Dubuque County Fairgrounds
The Kissers, The Lads, Fiona Molloy

September 18, 2005
1st Annual Irish Hooley at Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Wylde Nept, Sean McRactagan, Fiona Molloy, The Lads

Silent Auction

The items will be open for bidding throughout the event.
Silent auction opens at noon- ends at 7:00 P.M., pick up by 8:00 P.M.

Visitors Map

For hotel and visitor information please see the following links:

Hotel Julien Dubuque

Grand Harbor Resort

Travel Dubuque

Dubuque Star Brewery

Stone Cliff Winery

Countdown to the Irish Hooley!


2020 Performance Schedule will be announced on March 17th, 2020.

Advance Tickets and Information Sales start June 1st, 2020

SAVE THE DATE for 2020

Irish Hooley Music Festival at Dubuque Star Brewery! August 22nd, 2020.