An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival


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An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival

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August 9, 10, 11  2019

Butte, Montana

 2017 Vendor Information

*Free Admission!*               *Free Admission!*

Located at the Original Mine Yard

The An Rí Rá Montana Irish Festival is a celebration of the Irish heritage and contribution to the people of Montana. This festival has created its place as a world-class event that draws people from not only Montana, but across the United States and internationally. The An Rí Rá is regarded as one of the best Irish festivals in North America.

Be prepared with your lawn chair and umbrella for this beautiful outdoor Montana event.

Map to the Festival Grounds

Lodging questions contact the Butte Chamber of Commerce 1000 George St. Butte, MT  59701       406-723-3177

1st Annual An Rí Rá Road Bowling Tournament

When:  Saturday Aug 11, 2018

Tournament Location:  The course will be 1 mile @ the Walking trail above the Original and should take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete.

Time:     9 am – team sign up at the Original [festival grounds]

9:30 am – demo & practice at the walking trail

10 am – tournament begins

For safety sake people must wear close toed shoes and no small children or strollers on the track. Butte Celtic Sports will host several practice matches throughout the summer for people to try out


Free Beginners Language Classes

Location:  Butte – Silver Bow Archives, 17 W Quartz St, Butte, MT

Friday Aug 10 and Saturday Aug 11 from 9 – 11 am

2018 An Ri Ra Lecture/Author Series Schedule

Location for the Lecture/Author series will be the Covellite Theater, 215 W Broadway St. Butte, MT

Friday Aug 10, 2018

9:30 am   Bill Farley: Title: James A Murray, Butte’s Radical Irish Millionaire

10:30 am   Katy Meyers: Title: Pulling Strings: the History & Use of the Celtic Harp

11:30 am   Myles Maloney: Title: Hurling: Ireland’s National Sport

2018 Raffle!

  • 1st place prize – ticket for 2 to Ireland with the Elders… this is their Farewell Tour so last chance to experience this fantastic group!
  • 2nd place prize – $1000 Travel Voucher
  • 3rd place prize two tickets to a Notre Dame football game [TDB]
  • 4th place prize – hand forged fixed blade knife from Montana Hammer Knives

Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 tickets for $25. Drawing Saturday, August 11 about 10 pm. Need not be present to win.

Tickets sold at the Festival or contact Mary K. Maloney at 406-560-4101, 100 E. Broadway, Butte, MT 59701 or email

(Credit cards not accepted as payment for raffle tickets.)

To say that our trip to Ireland was absolutely amazing still wouldn’t be enough. It’s horribly difficult to find the words to adequately describe how warm and welcoming the people of Ireland are. Traveling with the band was great craic! We especially loved the show in Arklow where the community came to support the band with a hometown hero’s welcome. The extra show they put on was a testament to how important family and friends are to the Irish people…much like here at home in Butte!

-Charles Black and Brian Johansen  2018 winners

A Special Thanks to 2018 Sponsors

James & Chloe Gilman Charitable Foundation


Montana Abstract & Title


 Steele's Warehouse


 Montana Standard

Dennehey orthodontics


Granite Mountain Bank











Water & Environmental Technologies

SeaCast of Montana



 Music start time will be at 2pm and end at 11pm on Friday. 
On Saturday, music will being at 12pm and end at 11pm. 

Questions about An Rí Rá music performances? email

-2018 Performers-

Schedule subject to change.

The Elders Farewell Tour

Rory Makem & Donel Clancy


 Dublin Gulch
Dublin Gulch

Tiernan Irish Dancers

Brendan O’Shea

Dillon Junior Fiddlers