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Powered by people passionate about Irish culture in Waterloo Region, we are a not for profit festival that celebrates the rich history and modern ideas of Ireland and Irish-Canadians. Everyone has Irish roots in March. Sláinte!
To create a positive Irish cultural experience for Waterloo Region.
To showcase the rich scope of contemporary and traditional Irish culture through a variety of events for all ages over the week of St. Patrick's Day.
The IRL Festival acknowledges that we are situated on the Haldimand Tract, land of the Mississaugas of the Credit that was promised to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and is within the territory of the Chonnonton, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples.
We are eternally grateful for the welcome the First Peoples showed to the Irish refugees escaping famine and oppression and to the waves of Irish immigrants still coming to start a new life to this day on Turtle Island. We recognize that we are guests in this land and are committed to living in harmonious community and supporting the First Peoples of this land in their striving for a better life and a thriving culture.
Niá:wen ki' wáhi and go raith maith agaibh to the First Peoples of this land and may we continue in our long history of friendship.
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To make a donation towards Irish culture in the Waterloo Region and the IRL Festival, please click here.
A passionate team of folks who love Irish and Celtic culture and are always willing to crack on to bring our community a fierce selection of contemporary and traditional cultural opportunities. A group that believes that culture is for everyone and are excited to invite you in to share it. Sure we’re mighty great craic and would love you to join us!