IRISH MUSIC

IRISH DANCING

IRISH FARE

Shilelagh Law

Shilelagh Law embodies all that is New York Irish music: old songs, new songs, jigs, reels, dancing, weeping, lots of laughter, plenty of drinks and the inevitable visit to the local diner at 5am. By interpreting traditional Irish music through a filter of urban grittiness Shilelagh Law helps to define the Irish-American experience that is such a part of New York town.

McLean Avenue Band

McLean Avenue Band are an Irish American band, based in Hudson Valley and Westchester County, New York. They have taken the Irish American music and entertainment scene by storm with their wonderful arrangements of pop, rock and folk songs, intertwined with Traditional Irish tunes and upbeat melodies, played on fiddles, banjos, bodhrans (Irish Drum) button accordions and acoustic guitars. These song arrangements are ideal for celebration events like weddings and parties, as well as festivals and concerts.

About The Festival

Welcome to the White Plains Irish Festival, an annual event that will be held in White Plains, NY on September 17th, 2023. Presented by the White Plains Irish Festival organization, this exciting festival aims to create a day of joy and entertainment for the whole family, immersing attendees in the rich music, dance, food, and culture of Ireland.

Taking place at Stepinac High School, NY, the festival will include live performances by local Irish musicians and dancers, and will host Irish food and beverages, as well as Irish vendors galore!

It is hosted by White Plains Irish Connection, a non-profit organization that promotes Irish cultural, social, and educational events.

Sponsorship Packages

Festival Hosts

White Plains Irish Connection is a social, cultural, and educational organization. It is a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization that promotes Irish culture in White Plains, Westchester, and the Tri-State area.

 

We promote performances of Irish music, Irish dance, Irish language, and Irish history. We also sponsor concerts, lectures, parties, and other social events. 

 

We are hosting an Irish music festival in White Plains. This first-annual festival will be held at Stepinac High School on Sunday, September 17th, which is halfway to St. Patrick’s Day. 

 

The festival lineup will include New York’s top Irish festival entertainers, including Shilelagh Law, McLean Avenue Band, and local Irish bands and dancers. There will be entertainment for the whole family, and for anyone Irish at heart. This lively day will include raffles, auctions, local vendors, and delicious Irish food & beverages. 
 
We look forward to growing the White Plains Irish Connection and becoming an integral part of our Irish community.

White Plains Irish Person of the Year Award 2023

Michael O'Donnell aka Coach O'D

Michael O' Donnell a.k.a. Coach O'D

Coach O’Donnell will be entering his 34th year as the Head Coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School, marking his impressive 42nd year in coaching overall. He resides in White Plains, NY, alongside his wife Carla, with whom he has shared a happy marriage for 33 years. Carla works as a teacher in the Yonkers school system. The couple takes immense pride in their children Margaret, Conor (Class of ’09), and Liam (Class of ’14). Throughout his career, Coach OD has had the privilege of mentoring numerous talented athletes, some of whom have successfully transitioned to the professional ranks.

Among the notable players who flourished under Coach O’Donnell’s guidance are Eric Ogbogu (FB, DE) who played for the NFL Jets and Cowboys, Brian Sweeney (S, SE) who showcased his skills in MLB for the Seattle Mariners, Padres, and Devil Rays, Marty Conlon (83) who left his mark in the NBA with teams like Boston and Miami, Gavin Heslop (15) who now shines with the Seattle Seahawks, Malcolm Koonce who represents the Las Vegas Raiders, TJ Morrison also donning the Las Vegas Raiders’ uniform, and Trill Williams who impresses on the field as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

Additionally, Coach OD devoted 11 years to coaching basketball at Stepinac. In recent years, the Stepinac Football program has produced numerous players who earned scholarships at Division 1 schools, including Syracuse, Akron, Sacred Heart, Delaware, Temple, Boston College, Stony Brook, Holy Cross, Maine, Memphis, Marist, Rhode Island, the Naval Academy, and the University of Pennsylvania. This year, an impressive count of 60 Crusaders alumni will be participating in football at colleges across the country.

FESTIVAL SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORSHIP - Main Stage Sponsor

Address1757 Merrick Ave suite 106, Merrick, NY 11566

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SILVER SPONSORSHIP - Headline Act Sponsorship

Address141 Lafayette Ave, North White Plains, NY 10603
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 5 PM
Address68 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY 10605
Reservationsopentable.com
Please join us at the after-party that will be held at Emma’s Ale House (around the corner from Stepinac on Gedney Way). 
Address915 North St, White Plains, NY 10605

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP - Cultural Act Sponsorship

4 W Red Oak Ln # 200, West Harrison, NY 10604
 
4 W Red Oak Ln # 200, West Harrison, NY 10604
 
Address230 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530
 

Cambria Hotel White Plains – Downtown

Address250 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601
Address165 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605
 
Address181 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
 
Address15 Shapham Pl, White Plains, NY 10605
Address175 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
 
Address169 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601
 
Address491 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605
 
 
 
Address990 McLean Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704
 

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