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June 27-July 3, 2015

5th Annual Irish Culture Summer Program

The Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week is a unique learning opportunity for children and adults. Taught by master traditional Irish musicians in residence for the week, students of every age will experience the magic of Ireland through its music, song and dance.

The Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week offers something for everyone!  Our Kids Day Camp and Adult Immersion Program provide fun and  educational experiences in traditional Irish music, singing, dancing, language and arts, for participants of all ages and abilities (including those who have never played an instrument).   The Chief O'Neill Musical Pilgrimage and the Opening Mary Bergin Concert and Closing Tutors Concert, as well as other evening workshops during the week, are an opportunity for everyone to experience Irish music at its finest.


 Kids Day Camp will take place at First Free Church in Andersonville: 5255 N. Ashland - Chicago
Adult Programming will take place both at First Free and at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub: 3471 N. Elston - Chicago

The Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week cements Chicago’s historic position as the stronghold of traditional Irish music. The week has something for everyone. Named in honor of Captain Francis O’Neill, the Chief of the Chicago Police from 1901-1905, the week is dedicated to his legacy as the primary preservationist of traditional Irish music through his careful and prolific annotation of tunes. Without the work of Captain O’Neill, much of traditional Irish music would be lost to future generations of musicians.

The world-class faculty teach a wide range of subjects including Traditional Irish Music (fiddle, tin whistle, flute, bodhrán, concertina, piano accordion, piano accompaniment, tenor banjo), Céilí and Set Dancing, Irish Language, Irish and English Singing and Celtic Arts and Crafts.



Coming in from out of town?  


THE BEAUTIFUL GUESTHOUSE HOTEL IS OFFERING A 10% DISCOUNT ON ROOMS TO FRANCIS O'NEILL IRISH ARTS WEEK ATTENDEES.  THE HOTEL IS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE KIDS DAY CAMP AND WEEKEND ADULT IMMERSION PROGRAM EVENTS AND A SHORT DRIVE FROM CHIEF O'NEILL'S.  USE CODE 'IMSC' TO APPLY THE DISCOUNT.  BOOK BEFORE APRIL 14 AND GET FREE PARKING INCLUDED.