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Celebrate ‘The Great Irish Hooley’ at Raglan Road August 31 – September 3 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on August 28th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

This Labor Day weekend, guests at Downtown Disney here at Walt Disney World Resort can celebrate The Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road August 31 – September 3.

Celebrate ‘The Great Irish Hooley’ at Raglan Road August 31 - September 3 at Walt Disney World Resort

A traditional Irish social celebration – or “hooley” – combines music, entertainment and interactive fun for the whole family. Raglan Road’s event will offer a mix of Irish bands, Irish dance workshops, structured set dancing known as the Ceili (pronounced kay-lee), Celtic face-painting and Irish food.

The four-day party kicks off Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. and continues through midnight Monday, September 3. The entertainment lineup includes six top Irish bands and a troupe of acclaimed dancers, including Elevation, the U2 Tribute Band; Raglan Road’s house band Creel; and more.

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, guests can participate in Irish dance workshops with renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack of the original Riverdance cast and the Raglan Road Dancers. Ronan will chart and demonstrate the origins and traditional styles of Irish Dance through to the contemporary styles of dance made famous by Riverdance. And on each of those three afternoons, guests can step up for a two-hour Ceili (kay-lee) – a traditional music and structured set-dancing event that was the precursor to today’s popular country line dancing.

If it’s anything like Disney Parks Blog author Gary Buchanan’s recent dance lesson, it’s sure to be a blast!

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tamela on August 28th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Thanks Jennifer for this information. Does Raglan Road do this every year? If so we will plan to come next year.


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 30th, 2012 at 10:28 am

This is the very first Hooley at Raglan Road. If it’s a success, it’s likely to become a Raglan Road tradition.


Jean-Marie on September 1st, 2012 at 10:19 am

Will there be set dancing for sure?