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Wake up the leprechauns, it’s almost Irish Hooley time at Raglan Road

Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

If you are looking for an event that will jump start the fall and end those summer doldrums, the Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road is sure to fill the bill.

Always one of the fun events of the year, the 6th Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs, returns, Sept. 1-4.

This year’s event once again promises to host one of the most diverse and talented line-up in the history of
the event.

Sure this is always about some of the great good and beer and spirits at Raglan Road, but you just might be hard pressed not to want to join in on all that dancing and singing.

Another great thing: The Irish Hooley takes place over the long Labor Day weekend, so most likely you can stay up late and just sleep in the morning.

Just like every other year at Raglan Road, you can expect some contemporary Irish cuisine (there is usually something new on the menu), local and national craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails and day-into-night entertainment.

FYI: The hooley is a traditional Irish social celebration and at Raglan Road that means combining music ranging from traditional to rock tunes with entertainment and fun for the whole family. And there is no cover charge.

The Hooley also will feature Celtic face-painting Saturday through Monday.

This year’s Hooley entertainment headliners include:

Lisa Canny Band – The outrageously talented Lisa Canny and her band combine traditional Irish, R&B and Hip Hop. She will appear at Raglan Road for three weeks beginning Aug. 30 and will perform nightly during the Hooley.

Elevation – Back by popular demand and appearing at Raglan Road for the first time in four years, this stellar U2 tribute act will play two special nighttime shows on Sept. 2 and 3 paying homage to the U2 world tour celebrating 30 years of the ground-breaking Joshua Tree album.

Gary O’Meara Band – O’Meara is a traditional Irish banjo player with a prolific career as a solo artist and as a member of multiple legendary Irish music acts.

The Raglan Road Irish Dancers, plucked from the casts and stages of the world’s greatest Irish dance shows, will perform throughout the Great Irish Hooley. And champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating, Raglan Road’s show choreographer, will host an entertaining event that traces the origins of Irish dance from earliest jigs and reels through contemporary times.

Additional music acts will include:

The Raglan Roots Coalition – Raglan felt it was time to shake its boogie – Roots style, with this authentic Irish house band. Think soul-rocking Celtic bluegrass with some hip-swingin’, knee-shakin’ funky roots beats.

Jake Richardson He is a singer-songwriter-musician from Dublin whose passion for music inspires audiences as
he entertains with unique vocals and catchy songs.

Over the Bar – This vibrant four-piece, predominantly Irish traditional group showcases their high-energy talent during live shows that also include folk, blues and soul.

Rollickin’ Rua – This fresh traditional Irish music ensemble from Ireland and Scotland create a cacophonous crescendo of music and song with their clash of Celtic cultures.

Aaron O’Sullivan – A singer-songwriter and guitarist from County Cork, O’Sullivan entertains with a mixture of traditional Irish ballads and modern Irish songs

On the menu: Throughout the Hooley, guests can step up to one of Raglan Road’s 130-year-old imported-from-Ireland bars or grab a table for authentic contemporary Irish fare. A 2017- and seven-time TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award winner and Hall of Fame honoree, and the 2014 “Best Restaurant” Orlando magazine readers’ poll award winner, Raglan Road is known for its beer-battered fish and chips, Shepherd’s pie with a contemporary twist, delectable seafood and desserts, plus gluten-free entrees.

The complete entertainment schedule will be posted at www.raglanroad.com and www.greatirishhooley.com closer to the event.

Owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke and Paul Nolan, Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly and during weekend brunch includes Irish house band Raglan Roots Coalition, plus the Raglan Road Irish Dancers. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista. Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300. Follow @RaglanRoadPub.

Look for more on the Hooley in The Guide and at www.aroundosceola.com.