The biggest Irish event in Los Angeles is done and dusted for another year! The third annual IrelandWeek 2019 was a massive success from IrelandCon right down to the Poc Fada.
Hosting 15 plus events over the course of eight days around the city, IrelandWeek hit Los Angeles last week for its third year and we already can’t wait for it to return in 2020.
IrelandWeek celebrates the close cultural, trade, entertainment, and economic ties between Ireland and Los Angeles through a series of educational and cultural activities, including live music and theatre, visual arts, film, TV, sports and animation offerings.
This year’s IrelandWeek patrons included Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell, Hozier, Anjelica Huston, Chris O’Dowd, Fionnula Flanagan, and Roma Downey.
Also featured in the line-up of events was Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech, The 2 Johnnies, Blindboy Boatclub and Bressie. Look below for highlights from IrelandWeek 2019.
IrelandWeek 2019 highlights
The week kicked off with IrelandCon, the flagship conference which has attracted city and government officials, celebrities, and a who’s who of industry leaders in tech, trade, and entertainment.
Throughout the panel discussions a range of topics were covered, such as Brexit, Ireland’s tech innovation and rise in successful start-ups, the country’s strong tax incentives for film productions, and its economic boom which has fueled major corporate investment from around the world.
Blindboy’s Literary Podcast Live
Blindboy Boatclub is Ireland’s foremost satirist and most original comedic voice, and one half of the Rubberbandits.
Playboys & Beauty Queens: A celebration of Irish theater
Easily the runaway success story of IrelandWeek in 2018, this inspiring night of classic Irish Theatre returned in 2019.
On November 3, IrelandWeek and Hurlacrosse hosted LA's first “Poc Fada” competition on Santa Monica beach. They were joined by the 2 Johnnies, Bressie, and Conor Moore. It was a great location for promoting hurling and even the coast guard stopped by to give hurling a try.
Sponsors for IrelandWeek 2019 include the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Screen Ireland, Culture Ireland, Loyola Marymount University, Aer Lingus, Kennedy Wilson, Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Silicon Valley Bank, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, IrishCentral, The Ireland Funds, California Legislative Irish Caucus.