The 16th annual Hooley on the Hudson Irish Festival returns to T. R. Gallo Park at the Rondout waterfront in Kingston on Sunday, September 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, this year there will be a Gaelic football and hurling clinic, along with an exhibition match the night before. The festival offers bagpipers, food, music, step dancing, Ceili dancing, craft demonstrations, storytelling, authentic Celtic products, entertainment and more.
The Gaelic football and hurling clinic happens on Saturday, September 2. Check-in for clinics and demos takes place at 1 p.m., with the exhibition match beginning at 2 p.m. in Dietz Stadium at 170 North Front Street in Kingston. Players from the Manhattan Gaels GAA in New York City and other tristate area clubs will be on hand to teach simple skills and drills to children and adults alike. Immediately afterwards there will be a gathering at Dermot Mahoney’s Irish Pub, where everyone is welcome to come by and socialize with the players and further discuss Irish sports.
Wear comfortable sneakers to participate in the clinic. Admission is free, courtesy of the Irish Cultural Center of the Hudson Valley. More information is available by calling (845) 338-6622 or visiting www.ulsteraoh.com.