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2023 Schedule 

The Irish Hooley 2023 Schedule for Saturday, August 26th.

11:30  Gates open- MC IanGouldMusic

11:30  Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums play at or near hilltop

12:00 Opening ceremony – AOH/LAOH/DFP&D Marches in:  Presentation of Colors

12:15 McNulty School of Irish Dance – In front of main stage

 Irish Dance group lessons with audience. McNulty Irish Dancers

1:15 Ballyheigue

3:15pm The Lads of Dubuque

5:45pm Boxing Banjo

8:15pm Raffle Drawings from side stage

8:30pm HEADLINER: JigJam

Presented by: Ancient Order of Hibernians Dubuque County Division #2 and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Dubuque County Division #1

Sponsored by: McGrath Auto Family of Dealerships Dubuque, Family Beer & Liquor, and Langworthy Dental.

Located at: Stone Cliff Winery

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Fire Pipe and Drums


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

Contact: Dennis Bradley for booking or


The Irish Hooley 2023 Bands

Jig Jam
When virtuoso Irish playing jumps the pond running naked through the wide open fields of bluegrass/Americana JigJam is born. Bluegrass and American Folk music originated from their homes and now JigJam are here to take it back!
This Offaly and Tipperary born band have started The first wave of
attack in the new Irish invasion of Americana with a brand new band member from Glasgow injecting the magic of Scottish folk music!
‘Foot stomping’, high energy’ and lots of badass is what you’re in for when you see this musical powerhouse live in concert.
Founding members from Offaly Jamie McKeogh (Lead singer and guitar) and Daithi Melia (5 String Banjo and Dobro) were joined by Tipperary born Gavin Strappe (Mandolin and Tenor Banjo) in 2016. This year they are joined by Glasgow native Danny Hunter (Fiddle) to make up this iGrass (Irish Bluegrass) quartet.
Described as ‘The best Irish band in bluegrass’ and ‘sparkling, infectious’ these lads have been hailed as ‘Ireland’s answer to New Grass Revival’ Bluegrass has it’s roots in Irish music and Irish immigration. iGrass and JigJam is what happens when the Irish find their prodigal son.
To learn more about this years headliner visit 
Boxing Banjo

Ireland’s Boxing Banjo has amassed more than 20 Irish championship titles and 4 World bodhrán titles making its four members some of the most well respected in the country. Having made their debut in the US in 2019, Boxing Banjo has already earned a following from being included in some of the top USA celtic events and earned the  “Up & Coming Band of the Year” at the 2020 American Listener Supported Radio Celtic Music Awards. Boxing Banjo’s music combines a range of instruments including the button accordion, tenor banjo, guitar, fiddle, and bodhrán, and features the group’s strong vocal arrangements. Boxing Banjo has toured extensively around the world, including in Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, and the US. They released their debut album in February 2018 to critical acclaim, and released their second studio album, “Round 2,” in May 2022. The album features a combination of vocal and instrumental songs and was one of the most anticipated Irish releases of the year, having earned a major new following from debuting on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, the world’s second longest-running late-night talk show, in January 2022.  Boxing Banjo receives support from Culture Island.

Check them out on YouTube here:
ian Gould Hooley


McNulty School of Irish Dance

Featuring the McNulty School of Irish Dance.
Barbara McNulty T.C.R.G.
Emily McCullough
McNulty School of Irish Dance Teachers

4222 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Call: (224) 639-8644

Countdown to the Irish Hooley!

Tickets will be available for purchase starting June 1st, 2023 at the following locations

Shamrock Imports
Happy's Place
Premier Bank Locations
Family Beer and Liquor
Tickets are $12 in advance at these locations.
$15 the day of the Hooley.
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