Today, Saturday, September 16, IrishCentral is joining the festivities at the 36th Annual Great Irish Fair of New York, taking in all the sights and sounds of one of the biggest Irish events of the year.

A family-friendly event celebrating New York City's great Irish-American heritage and culture, the Great Irish Fair takes place at the Ford Amphitheater, at Coney Island Boardwalk, in Brooklyn. A day filled with great food and pubs, Irish dancing, children’s activities and attractions and Irish products, events kick off with a Mass at 10 am and run throughout the day.

The day will be jam-packed with entertainment including Andy Cooney, O’Malley Dance Academy & Pipe Band, Unforgettable Fire, Buckley School of Dance & Pipe Band, Bagatelle, The Canny Brothers, and Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones. There’ll also be a traditional Irish music stage featuring Susan Gillespie and Gerard Corbett, Johnny Nolan and Friends, and the Brooklyn Bards.

You catch some of the action and all the fantastic Irish music and dance over at IrishCentral’s Facebook page where we will be streaming live from the main stage and the traditional music stage at 1pm and 4pm EST to bring you the best of what’s on offer and all the day before “halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” tomorrow.

In 1982, the Brooklyn Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) founded the Great Irish Fair of New York (GIF) as an annual family-friendly event celebrating Irish culture and heritage in New York City. Following its immediate success, the AOH continued to sponsor and organize the event for the next two decades. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people, both young and old, have attended the GIF. Indeed, to this day, the GIF is one of the best attended annual cultural festivals in New York City.

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