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Food, drinks and major league baseball at KC Irish Fest


Caleb Wilson

Crown Center served as the grounds for the 16th annual KC Irish Fest, a weekend-long celebration of Irish culture that welcomes any and all visitors.

Hosting over 30 different musical guests across 10 stages, last weekend’s event featured plenty of fun entertainment.

If the musical stylings of groups such as The Elders or Red Hot Chili Pipers isn’t your jam, then you might be happy to find that there were also a variety of presenters educating festival goers about specific parts of Irish culture.

UMKC’s own graduate teaching assistant Seán Kane hosted one of these presentations. He spoke about the presence of Irish immigrants in major league baseball in the early 20th century. His second year presenting at KC Irish Fest, Kane offered the audience a small glimpse into a larger research project he is conducting.

Like many others in Kansas City, Kane shared a personal connection to this festival. His great-grandparents immigrated from Ireland to the United States in the early 1900s.

People coming out for great food, were not disappointed. With unique vendors such as Heritage Festival and Meat Pies and Oz Highland Foods, there was something for everyone

With sponsors such as Guinness and Jameson, there were also plenty of drinks and tastings available.

Finally, for those with some money to spend, a variety of shops were also up and running, selling everything from clothing to traditional Irish musical instruments.

The festivities ended on Sunday but will be back this time next year, so be sure to mark it on your calendars in advance if you’re looking for a great time with plenty for everyone to enjoy.

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