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Beaver Island has long been known as “America’s Emerald Isle”. It is the only Island in the United States where immigrants left an Island in Ireland and came to an Island in Lake Michigan. Many of those original people from Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland have descendants who still live on Beaver Island. Back in the day, house parties were very popular on the Island. At the parties the unique Irish musical legacy was carried on. Pat Bonner who played the fiddle, Johnny Green, Dominick Gallagher and others who remembered the songs from Ireland. In later years, we had Jewell Gillespie, Barry Pischner and Edward Palmer along with Glen McDonough. The music continues on with Edward his children, and Jewell’s son, Danny and daughter , Cindy Cushman have kept up the tradition of singing Irish music. The Island is long steeped in Irish History and music so join us in celebrating our unique Island and dance the weekend away. 

Scheduled Festival Artists

Brother Crowe Photo
Scoil Rince Ní Bhraonáin Irish Dancing Photo1
Byrne Brothers photo
An Dro Photo
Finvarra's Wren photo
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Ruby John photo
Ed Palmer photo
John McCafferty photo
Danny Johnston photo
Brian Roman photo
Danny Gillespie photo
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Here is a list of what we currently have planned:

*Jam packed weekend of sessions at the hall/Cultural Center (Ionad Failte)
*Irish Currach boat rides/Demonstrations
*40 minute slide show from the Milwaukee Currach club
*Local celebrity Currach races
*History/Music tribute to Pat Bonner/Alan Lomax
*Laurie Sommers to present on Island musicians
(Jewell Gillespie, Barry Pischner, Alan Lomax)
*Irish Dance troupe
*Freckles, Red Hair and Beard Contest
*Limerick Contest
*Children’s tent with crafts, storytelling, music lessons on the tin whistle, Fiddle and Bodhran
*Shopping and Tea Room in the Hall
Currach Boat from Currach Club of Milwaukee


Event schedule

Friday – Welcome Center (Parish Hall) is open from 1-6. Purchase your wristbands, and check out our crafts and Irish tea room.

2:00– Music on the Museum Porch with Ruby John and Brian Roman

3:00– Sessions with musicians in the Welcome Center

4:00-Byrne Brothers-Shamrock

6:00-Ed Palmer,  Brian Roman,  John McCafferty, Cindy Gillespie Cushman-Circle M

7:00-Danny, Danny, and Brother Jim-Beachcomber

8:00-Finvarra’s Wren-Circle M

9:30-An Dro and Irish Dancers presentation- Shamrock

10:00 Bryne Brothers- Beachcomber

11:00-Brother Crowe-ShamrockQW

Saturday-Welcome Center (Parish Hall) is open from 11-6. Currach rides all day at Jewell Gillespie Public beach. Arts and crafts and Irish Tea Room open in hall. 

11-2- Kids tent open for music lessons, and crafts

12:00– Laurie Sommers presentation on Island musicians and Alan Lomax in Welcome Center.

1:00 -Byrne Brothers- performance at Dalwhinnies 

2:00– Irish session in the hall

3:00 – Music on the Museum Porch with Cindy, Ruby, and Brian Roman

4:00– An Dro performs with Irish Dance troupe in Welcome Center.

6:00– Danny, Danny, Brother Jim – Circle M

7:00– Byrne Brothers- Beachcomber

8:00-Finvarra’s Wren- Shamrock

9:00– An Dro- Circle M

10:00– Brother Crowe- Shamrock 


Beaver Island, Michigan 49782

Beaver Island, Michigan is the most remote inhabited island in the Great Lakes, As an unbridged island, the only way to and from travel to Beaver Island is via ferry, airplane or boat. Beaver Island is an amazing place to visit to unwind, unplug and relax. It is also a great place to attend a truly unique Irish Festival.

Our Great Sponsors

Hodgson Enterprises

Island Airways

McDonough’s Market

St.James Boat Shop

Gillespie Enterprises

Circle M/Island Energies

Fresh Air Aviation

The Blue Pearl

Beaver Island Boat Company

Schwartzfisher Stoneworks

Kirk & Judy McBride

Mike & Kitty Green

Bonnie Rice

Lisa Gillespie/Shipwreck Shirts

Beaver Island Historical Society

Charlevoix Hostpital

Beaver Island Lumber Co.

KM Construction

Dan Nackerman

Traudt Family

Connaghan Construction

Mike & Christie Perdue

Greenwald Construction

Linda Gatliff

Real Estate One- Sheri Richards

Northern Islander

John & Jeanne Gillespie

Ronald Stith

Stan Jensen

Ed Wojan Realty

Powers Do It Best

Robert’s John Service

Olson Construction

News on the Net

McDonough Construction

Eager Beaver Store

Emerald Isle Motel

Shirley Cole- in memory of Corneil/Ruth Gatliff

John Fegen

Harbor View Motel

Pete & Sandy LoDico/L &L Carpet Cleaning

Beaver Island Retreat

Isle Haven

Vince & Marybeth Left-in memory of Vince Rice

Bobbi Welke

Beaver Island Golf Course-John & Carolyn Works

Ruth and Peter Igoe

Jeans lawn service

Ralph Williamson

Kimberlee Mitchell

Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate

Charlevoix State Bank

North Bay Hydroseed of Northern Michigan

Prepay for your Ticket

$30 all 3 days
  • Free Taxi Rides
  • Free Coolie Cup
  • A Limited Number of Currach Boat Rides

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$35 / all 3 days
  • Or $10 per Location
  • Or $20 per single Day
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    ·         Major Sponsor:  $1,000 to $1,999

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    ·         Corporate Sponsor:  $500 to $999

    o        Pre-event promotion

    o        Link to business on event website

    o        Event signage

    o        Verbal thank you (multiple) at the event

    o        Small logo on event t-shirts

    o        One event pass and one t-shirt

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Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce

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Emerald Isle Irish Festival

The Beaver Island Irish Feile is a new event for 2019. This event is sponsored by the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce as well as multiple private businesses on Beaver Island. This event is a collaborative event including the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, BeaverIsland Community School and the Beaver Island Historical Society. Educational events are planned at both the school and the Mormon Printshop Museum. This  event is going to be a showcase for the Irish heritage of Beaver Island which is also known as America’s Emerald Isle. The First Annual Irish Festival will feature  Irish music, activities, and history as it relates to the settlement of Beaver Island.

There will be more, so keep checking back at the website for further information.

Emerald Isle Irish Feile Festival Press Release available from