Seattle Irish Festival 2013

“May you never forget what is worth remembering, nor ever remember what is best forgotten” A little Irish saying you might enjoy at the start of this fabulous spring season.

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For St. Patrick’s Day in Seattle we decided nothing would be more fun than to go to the annual Irish Heritage Festival held at the Seattle Center, in what they now call The Armory aka The Center House. So we dressed in our best green outfits, hopped on the Light Rail to Westlake Center and rode the Monorail to the Seattle Center ready to enjoy the festivities. The first sight you see off the monorail is the undercarriage of the Space Needle…as my cousin pointed out, ‘it looks an awful lot like a mushroom’.


As we browsed the venders’ Irish themed goodies, the room was filled with the sounds of the Carrigaline Celtic Band while the leanai & paisti  (children) danced about care-free and uninhibited in front of the stage.


They were followed by the Seattle Police Pipes & Drums. Their strong sound drew in the attention of all ages. Kids in the front row enjoyed the bag pipes and drums, with fingers in ears and smiles gleaming. We were in the back and if our eyes were closed we would never have known. The band was a surprise for us, we thought a dance group was next so  it was an extra special treat.


The energy of the room changed as they hyped everyone up.


The activities also included Irish heritage and genealogy studies. Both Holland and I have some Irish descendants, and with the last name McGraw we are often asked if we’re Scottish but according to his family history the McGraw clan is from Ireland. We still have McGraw/Holland family members who live in Ireland and we certainly do hope to visit one day!


Finally on stage were the Comerford Irish Dancers we came to see. Ringlets, ruffles and fancy foot work galore.


They had several Western Region Champion Irish Dancers performing and representing their age division, boys and girls.


Not a sight you see too often, identical twins  performing Irish Dance together.


All of the audience was mesmerized by the footwork, rhythmic sounds and curls bobbing while Irish music played.


The Comerford dancers performed several pieces; large group, small group, dou and individual with performers ranging from semi pro champion to brand new beginning students.


Kids appreciating kids sharing their talents on stage is always a memorable sight. One of the solo performers just had his first lesson this winter. Pretty impressive!


I didn’t realize that I have extended family who were competitive Irish Dancers in their youth, such a small world. I wonder who else I know has secret hidden talents.


We have more photos of the Seattle feis dancers, bands and waterfront if you’d like to see, prints may be purchased for anyone interested… CLICK HERE


Outside were some equally entertaining sights and sounds. How often have you seen a green faced man on stilts, wearing a kilt, playing the soundtrack for Star Wars on his bag pipes infront of a DeLorean? It was my first time and I must say it was fun! I actually didn’t realize that the DeLorean was created by an Irish inventor, and that reminds me…only 2 more years until we are Back To The Future!



The daffodils around the center were in full bloom. This flower caught my attention, it was just asking to be photographed. I leave you with another Irish saying “For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day”. 13StPatricksDay072_WEB

Some like Irish bagpipes

Some like Irish dance

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4 thoughts on “Seattle Irish Festival 2013

    • Only place I would rather be would be…Ireland. Although I heard they don’t actually celebrate St Patrick’s Day there…it is mostly a U.S. holiday ;) lol. That’s OK though, I’d go to Ireland just to be there.

  1. Amazing photos, it looks like the atmosphere was genuinely Irish! I have some Irish ancestors and I love spending this day remembering their traditions, my choice for this year was the Celtic Festival Vancouver and it was amazing! I especially loved the Gaelic work songs workshop! And who knows, maybe some day I am going to visit your festival in Seattle, looks like a lot of fun!

    • Thanks Anne! :) Vancouver’s celebration sounds fun, maybe we will check out the celebrations up there one of these days.

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