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June 29-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 who are in residence for the week, students of every age will experience the magic of Ireland through its music, song and dance.

New Location for Kids Day Camp! First Free Church in Andersonville: 5255 N. Ashland - Chicago
Adult Programming 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 Francis O’Neill Irish Arts Week offers something for everyone!  Our Kids Day Camp and Adult Program provide a fun immersion 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 world-class faculty includes some of the best traditional Irish music and dance teachers including members of one of Ireland's leading traditional bands, Téada.  They 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.

Don't play an instrument?  No problem!  There are options for you in both the Kids Day Camp and Adult Program.


2015 Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week faculty: 
Mary Bergin
Seán Cleland
Pauline Conneely
Kathy Cowan
Seán Gavin
Samantha Harvey

Oisín Mac Diarmada
Robert McLeod
Rosemary O'Malley

Mary Rose O'Shea
...and more!

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