From Saturday to Sunday, the Dublin Civic Center was filled with visitors, both local and from afar, who sported all shades of green and Irish pride. Highlights from the weekend-long event included traditional Irish dance shows, live music performances, carnival rides — and plenty of beer.
Festival-goers enjoyed a lively atmosphere with outdoor activities to partake in. Three entertainment stages broadcasted the sound of Celtic music throughout the event until its closing time.
Many performers specialized in traditional Irish music, such as California band Golden Bough, originally formed in 1980.
Various regional organizations were represented at the festival through visitor and outreach booths. The Dublin Historical Society was one of the many who showed out to interact with the public.
"We're out here trying to connect with community members. It's a great opportunity to help them learn about each other and the past," said Kim Hudson, with the historical society.
Hudson, born and raised in Dublin, volunteers with the organization to help promote its mission. She currently serves as the organization's vice president.
"We're educating folks about their city and its history. Our main goal here is to preserve the past while also documenting the present," she added.
Hudson said her favorite part of being a Dublin native is how nimble and adaptable the city is.
"It's grown so fast in the past few decades, and it continues to grow," Hudson said. "It's come a long way since I was a kid, and I'm excited to see what happens to the city in the next 10, 20 or 30 years."
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