Friday, July 25, 2014

Join us on Friday & Saturday, August 22 - 23, 2014 for the Irish Hooley

A Celebration of Irish Music Dance and Culture

The mission of the Irish Hooley is to promote Irish/Celtic music and culture in Dubuque throughout the year. For generations, the highlight of Irish social life was the Hooley. Music, dance, song, good conversation and merriment flowed freely as described in the Percy French song, "There's a Hooley on in Hannigan's House Tonight." We hope you'll join us to celebrate our Irish heritage at the Irish Hooley's 2014 summer festival on Friday night August 22 at the Mississippi Moon Bar and on Saturday, August 23 in the Alliant Amphitheater at the Dubuque Star Brewery, Port of Dubuque, Iowa. May the luck of the Irish be with you.

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Holy Hooley! Irish eyes are smilin' at the massive success of the Irish Hooley. None more than those who have benefited from the proceeds in the past including Hospice of Dubuque, The American Legion, Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums, The Dubuqueland Irish, The Rotary Club and other civic and cultural organizations. Funds raised for charity and Irish cultural events over the past seven years have topped $225,000.

Hooley Hustle 5K Run & Walk

Saturday, August 23 at 8:00 a.m.

Port of Dubuque

The Dubuque area Jaycees will present the Hooley Hustle 5K Run & Walk in partnership with the Irish Hooley. Participants will receive admission to the music festival along with a race T-shirt and other prizes. For more information visit the Dubuque Jaycees' website or contact Heather Blackmore at 815-821-2571. 


St. Patrick's Day Street Party!

Saturday, March 14, 2015
2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Street Party

The Dubuque Irish Hooley and the AOH Dubuque County Division #2 will hold the 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party under a tent from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on March 14. There will be food and beverage vendors with an entry fee for those over 12 years old. The street party will feature Irish and Celtic bands including the Dubuque's very own The Lads. Rob McCullough, President of the Dubuque AOH, says, “We are renewing and expanding the Irish culture and heritage in the Dubuque area.” The event will kick off with local pipers, the Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums. For more information, call Shamrock Imports (563) 583-5000.

Volunteer Sign Up

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2014 (please click on SIGN UP NOW! link below): 

Have you attended the Hooley in the past and wished that you could be a part of it? Well, now is your chance! We are accepting new volunteers this year to help us out with admission and other tasks! What you get:

  • Free admission for yourself!
  • Hooley T-Shirt
  • Advance notice of other Irish Hooley presentations and events.
  • Chance to win tickets to the Friday night show or Saturday "After-Party."

Please know that when you sign up, we are counting on your help, so be sure you are available.When you sign up, select a first and second choice of a job/shift for which you would like to volunteer. Someone will be in touch with you by the first part of August with the final schedule.


2014 Performance Schedule

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 - Mississippi Moon Bar 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

"Hooley Unplugged" featuring Manran, The Screaming Orphans, Skerryvore and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 - Alliant Amphitheater

11:30 a.m. Doors Open – The Gathering
Noon - 12:15 Dubuque Fire Pipes & Drums 
12:15 - 1:30 The Lads
1:30 - 2:00 Irish Dancers Exhibition
2:00- 4:00 The Screaming Orphans
4:00 - 4:30 Cultural Demonstration
4:30 – 5:00 Salute to Our Armed Forces
5:00 - 5:30 DBQ Symphony Orchestra
6:00 - 8:00 Skerryvore 
8:00 - 8:30 Announcements
8:30 - 10:30 The Red Hot Chilli Pipers 
10:30 p.m. Hooley ends... The Scattering
Advance Tickets and Information:

Friday Night at the Mississippi Moon Bar $15 in advance / $20 Day of Show (If not sold out in advance) - No one under 21 allowed. 

Weekend Pass (Friday Night & Saturday) - Limited to 600 Advance Sales Only  - $20.

Saturday at the Alliant Amphitheater $12 in advance / $17 Day of Show At the Gate
$5 Entry for Students with a Valid ID Card. Children's Admission (10 & under): FREE!

Advanced Tickets available at:

Shamrock Imports, 391 Bluff Street, 563-583-5000
Hospice of Dubuque, 1670 JFK Road, 563-582-1220
Premier Bank, 2625 NW Arterial,563-588-1000
Premier Bank, 1975 JFK Road
Premier Bank, 9th & Iowa Street

For more information, call 563.583.5000

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