Hanover gets set for annual Irish Festival

June 11, 2013 by  

For the past 13 years, the Penn-Mar Irish Festival has given people in the towns of Hanover and Glen Rock the chance to enjoy a day of Irish music and fun activities, and the festival returns for the 13th year this weekend.

A family-friendly event, the Irish Festival features musical acts performing both traditional and contemporary Irish music. This year’s lineup includes the folk-rock band The Elders, as well as The Celtic Martins, The Screaming Orphans, Nua, Amhranai Na Gaeilge, and The Spalpeens. Irish dance companies from the Ni Riain School of Irish Dance and the Broesler School of Irish Dance will also perform at the day-long festival.

Several of the bands hail from Ireland itself. The Screaming Orphans, for example, is a group of four sisters. The siblings have been performing at the Irish Festival for the past three summers. The festival is a highlight for the group, according to member Grainne Diver, due to its intimate setting.

The festival raises money to support Penn-Mar Human Services, which provides assistance to men and women with disabilities in the area. It also aims to promote independent living for those with disabilities. Brochure printers can be used to create pamphlets to distribute to people attending the festival, providing more information on the organization’s services and mission.

The Irish Festival kicks off at 10:30 am this Saturday, June 15, at The Markets at Shrewsbury, located at 12025 Susquehanna Trail in Glen Rock. It goes until 7:30 pm on June 15. Children under 12 are admitted to the festival for free. Tickets for older children and adults are $7 in advance or $10 at the festival gate.