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An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival
August 10, 11, & 12 – 2018
*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 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.)
“The trip to Ireland was amazing. The hurricane only affected one day of the trip, which is definitely better than what it could have done. However, Irish folk are excellent about making the most out of every situation, so although we did not do what we had planned that day, the tour guides figured something out and made the day fun. The Town Pants were awesome and so fun to be around. It was special to all of them and the band members basically everyone on the tour, which I thought was cool. Everyone in the tour group was in complete awe over the fact that my friend and I were there because we won the trip; it was the talk of both buses the entire time.” – Hattie (2017 trip winner)
A Special Thanks to 2017 Sponsors
James & Chloe Gilman Charitable Foundation