How It’s (tri-state) New York: The New Jersey Irish Festival is a tradition: this is its 42nd year.
How It’s Irish: Piping competition, Irish dance, vendors, more!

What better way to welcome in the soft summer weather with Irish Festival season. Here’s another  one this Sunday at the Jersey Shore!

42nd Annual New Jersey Irish Festival  
The 42nd Annual New Jersey Irish Festival is proud to announce that the festival will be held Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Monmouth Park, Oceanport, NJ.
This year’s Chairwoman is Marni McFadden-Lee, Co-Chairs; Conor Lynch and John Sheridan will be hosts for the event.
Admission to the 42nd Annual Irish Festival is free with admission to the park.
Entertainment includes:
Willie Lynch Show Band The Bogside Rogues
Paddy The Pale Boys Thomas Wesley Stern
Round The House Band
The Pat Roddy Band
Other Events include: 
Pipe Band Competition
Catholic Mass at 11:00 AM
Food / Craft Vendors
Children’s Activities
Ceili and Step Dancing
Human Horse Race benefitting Wounded Warrior Project
Live Horse Racing all day
For more information about Wounded Warrior Project visit For directions and information about Monmouth Park visit


6:00 am – 10:30 am Load in of bands, vendors, and set up.

11:00 am Mass Starts, Bagpipe registration begins by hanger (end of picnic area)

12:00 noon Festival begins, Bagpipe competition starts

12:20 pm Stage two Thomas Westley Stern Band starts playing

12:30 pm Stage One Willie Lynch starts playing

12:30 pm Start March with WWP, bugle guy, color guard,couple of Bagpipers and Kevin Westley (singer)
 To winners circle

12:55 pm Conclude singing of Soldiers Song (Irish National Anthem, National Anthem, and Taps by Bugler

 for moment of silence)

1:00 pm March from winners circle to Vip Area, Ceili tent opens and music starts with Pride of Moyvae

1:00 pm Patricia Murphy school of Irish Dance begins on new stage

2:00 pm Thomas Westley Stern Band finishes on stage two DeNogla School of Irish Dance begins on 
new stage

2:10 pm Willie lynch finishes on stage one

2:15 pm Round the House band starts playing on stage two

2:25 pm The Pat Roddy Band starts playing on stage one
3:00 pm The Endean Academy of Irish Dance starts on new stage

3:55 pm Round the House band finishes on stage two

4:00 pm Jennifer Lynn School of Irish Dance begins on new stage, Drawing for $50.00 50/50, Ceili tent 

4:05 pm The Pat Roddy Band finishes on stage one

4:10 pm The Barley Boys start on stage two

4:25 pm Paddy and the Pale Boys start on stage one

5:00 pm Drawing for $5.00 50/50

5:50 pm The Barley Boys band finish on stage two

6:00 pm Paddy and The Pale Boys finish on stage one

7:00 pm Festival comes to an end and cleanup begins

Human Horse Race time will be announced.

VIP AREA food and drinks should be available after Mass and throughout day.



Registration: 11am – 12 Noon

Competition (Grade 5): 12 Noon

Grade 4 to follow at completion of Grade 5

Grade 3 to follow at completion of Grade 4

Mass Band March down the homestretch with competition winners 
announced at the winners circle. 


BY CAR: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 105, to Route 36 East.
Follow signs to Monmouth Park. The NJ Turnpike connects with the
 Parkway at Woodbridge interchange, Exit 11.
 From the south and west, use the NJ Turnpike to Exit 7A to I-195 east to
the Garden State Parkway north, or Route 18 north to exit 13B.
 From Long Island or Brooklyn, take the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and
Staten Island Expressway to the Outerbridge Crossing,
to the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 105
BY TRAIN: NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line provides hourly service to the
 Monmouth Park station featuring 10 stops every day. For more information on
the “Monmouth Park Thoroughbred Package,” * call (973) 275-5555 or visit for complete schedules and information.

Gwen Orel
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