As we prepare to welcome fall’s embrace, it’s time to rejoice in all things Irish at the annual Irish Festival, presented by the Nassau County Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. It’s a beloved tradition that brings out visitors and participants who enthusiastically partake in that most traditional celebration of Irish dance, music, piping, drumming, language, and athletics known as a feis (pronounced fesh).
Lovers of any and all of these activities will surely enjoy Sept. 15 when Nassau AOH holds its 41st annual Feis and Irish Festival at Hofstra University. Experience the age-old traditions of this fascinating event on Hofstra’s South Campus Lacrosse Field, starting at 9 a.m. Both the AOH and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians of Nassau County sponsor the feis.
Bring a picnic lunch, find a shady spot to settle down, and make a day of it.
Centuries of tradition at the Nassau AOH Feis
From as far back as 18th century Ireland, communities came together for special festivals of dance and music. There were competitions, laughter and good times. That tradition continues here in Nassau County, where the AOH’s eight strong divisions come together to organize competitions of dance and piping and present awards to the best.
Since 1972, the Ancient Order of Hibernians has presented Nassau County with its annual Irish Feis and Festival. Held every year in September, the feis is a celebration of Irish culture and history.
Nassau AOH’s feis welcomes everyone to enjoy its traditional dance and piping competitions, along with an Irish Marketplace, featuring all sorts of Irish-related goods and treats for sale, and a special area for the kids.
And since it’s a Sunday, mass will be said in the morning, at 11 a.m.