The Wildwoods Celebrate Celtic Heritage During 28th Annual Irish Fall Festival Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22

The Wildwoods, NJ – September 5, 2019 – The 28th Annual Irish Fall Festival, the East Coast’s largest Irish Festival, comes to North Wildwood Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22.

The festival, designed to celebrate Irish culture and heritage through a variety of exciting events that are sure to entertain, tees off on Thursday, September 19 with a golf tournament at Cape May National Golf Course, located at Route 9 and Fairway Drive in Cape May Court House. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. and is $110 per golfer until Thursday, September 5, and $120 per golfer after that date, and includes golf fees, continental breakfast, cart, buffet lunch, beer, and prizes. All additional proceeds benefit area charities. Space is limited and reservations are suggested. To reserve a spot, please call the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at 800-474-7491.

By popular demand, Ireland vs USA boxing returns to the festival Thursday night. There will be 10 amateur fights beginning at 7 p.m. at Wildwood Catholic High School’s gym, located at 1500 Central Avenue. Fights will be between Jack Costello Boxing Gym from Philadelphia, and Gleann Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) from Belfast, Ireland.

Gleann ABC was founded in 2001 with the express purpose of helping the youth of the neighborhood avoid the crime, drug/alcohol and anti-social behavior of the area by giving them an opportunity to do something else with their time. The club is run by all volunteers and welcomes all regardless of religion, race, gender or beliefs. 

Based in the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia, the Jack Costello Boxing Club was founded in 1996 by Tim Costello in honor of his father Jack, who was an amateur boxer. The club is a non-profit organization and attracts the youth from Tacony and the surrounding areas of the northeast and beyond. The club is run entirely by volunteers and is open to all.

The Festival takes place Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22 along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and features vendors with Irish merchandise and memorabilia for purchase along with Irish treats sure to satisfy any palate. There will also be a Beer Garden from noon – 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Also on Friday and Saturday, FREE live Irish entertainment will be featured on the main stage at Chestnut and Olde New Jersey Avenue from 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Performers will include Brothers McGillian, McHugh & O’Neil, Timmy Kelly, Ballina, Galway Guild, Broken Shillelaghs, and Birmingham 6. Performance schedules are available at the AOH information tent located at Olde New Jersey Avenue between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Live music will also be available in surrounding pubs and taverns.

Additional festivities on Saturday, September 21 will kick off with a 5K run and 1 mile family walk starting at 8 a.m. Registration will be held at the AOH tent the day of the event. A $20 entry fee is required to participate and prizes will be awarded to winners. Saturday’s entertainment continues with the Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition at 10 a.m. at Bill Henfey Park, located at 8th and Central Avenues. The exhibition will feature some of the best pipe bands in the East. There will also be FREE Irish dance lessons on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Elks Lodge located in the Festival District at 109 West New Jersey Avenue.

On Sunday, September 22, everyone is welcome to celebrate the faith and heritage of the Irish at Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, located at Glenwood and Atlantic Avenues, for a 10:30 a.m. mass. There will be a procession from the main entrance to the altar by the Protectors of the Faith Guards, the Cape May County Emerald Society Honor Guard and a liturgical bag piper soloist. A special parade will follow the mass at 12:30 p.m. at 20th and Surf Avenues, continuing to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues.

Due to the large attendance the Irish Fall Festival attracts, shuttle bus transportation will be available to ensure festival-goers are able to easily get around and enjoy all of the activities planned for the weekend. Buses will loop continuously in North Wildwood from 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues along Surf Avenue to 26th Avenue. Shuttle bus service through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest will also be available. For detailed information please call 609-884-5230 or visit www.gatrolley.com.

For additional information about the 28th Annual Irish Fall Festival, please call 800-IRISH-91 or visit www.CMCAOH.com.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.  

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