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Our fourth annual Irish culture summer program will run from July 20-27, 2014. 

The Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week provides a unique learning opportunity for kids and adults by bringing master traditional Irish musicians to Chicago and the magic of Ireland to students of all ages and the community.

Chicago has a long history with traditional Irish music and the events of Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week serve to continue that rich heritage. The Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week further serves to cement Chicago’s historic place as a bastion of Irish music.  The week has something for all ages and pays fitting homage to former Chicago Police Chief, Captain Francis O’Neill, who preserved traditional Irish music for future generations. This week continues that legacy.

The Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week brings traditional Irish music, singing, dancing, language and arts to children and adults.  Students of all ages and abilities (as well as those who don’t play an instrument already!) will have the unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in several areas of Irish arts with world-class teachers.  

The week includes a Kids Day Camp (ages 6-14, 9am-3pm, Mon-Fri) with a finale recital for family and friends.  Click here for more information.

There will also be an Adult Workshop program in the evenings and weekend.  Details on those exciting events will be announced soon.  SAVE THE DATE AND STAY TUNED!

The faculty will teach a wide range of subjects including Traditional Irish Music (fiddle, tin whistle, flute, bodhrán, concertina, piano accordion, piano accompaniment, tenor banjo), Céilí Dancing, Irish Language, Irish and English Singing and Celtic Arts and Crafts.  Camp faculty includes some of the best traditional Irish music and dance teachers in the world including members of one of Ireland's leading traditional bands, Téada.

2014 Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week faculty:

Seán Cleland
Danny Collins
Róisín Comer
Pauline Conneely
Kathy Cowan
Seán Gavin
Oisín Mac Diarmada
Seán Mc Elwain
Robert McLeod
Dierdre Millane
Rosemary O'Malley
Tristan Rosenstock
Damien Stenson...and more!

All events will take place in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago centering at
Chief O’Neill’s (3471 N. Elston).

If you have any questions, we're happy to help. Please contact us at or call (773) 412-5082.

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