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An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival
August 9, 10, 11 2019
*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.
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
- 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.
(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