STAFFORD - The Ocean County chapter of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh is again hosting the Ocean County Irish Festival on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
The event will take place at the Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin for the third consecutive year. .
The event takes place all on one big day, Saturday, September 7. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Ocean County Irish Festival is a family event which will include live music, pipe bands, step dancers, kids activities, food trucks, vendors, and a beer tent.
Last year's Irish Fest was a huge success. This year we will have more food vendors, more entertainment, and more fun. This is a family event with a great kids playground for the children to enjoy.
The event is "free" to the public. This is the third straight year the festival has offered free admission.
The 2019 Irish Festival will honor Daniel Coleman as "Irishman of the Year." Coleman is the co-owner of Caffrey's Tavern in Forked River. Caffrey's burnt down last year and this great establishment is being rebuilt. Mr. Coleman is the type of person that the Shillelagh's overwhelming voted to be this years recipient.
"Big Joe Henry" from NJ 101.5 FM, the Festival's 2017 "Irishman of the Year" will again be broadcasting live from the festival.
Former United States Congressman Tom MacArthur was honored as the 2018 "Irishman of the Year."
There is a Super 50/50 drawing and those tickets can be purchased before or during the festival. There will be 50/50 drawings all throughout the day.
There will be a great variety of Irish musical performances honoring Irish heritage throughout the day. There also will be performances by Irish step dancers and the Ocean County Pipe and Drum Band.
The Order of The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Ocean County is a fraternal organization of men of Irish descent, created to promote Irish Heritage.
The Shillelagh's are looking for men of Irish heritage to join the club. For more information contact: oceanFSOS@gmail.com