Milwaukee Irish Fest


Building on the festival’s 25-year-strong relationship with Galway City and County Council, this year’s Galway 2020 showcase spread the word of Galway as European Capital of Culture to an audience of over 100,000 people.

Our dedicated festival stage hosted an impressive roster of musicians from home. Among them, bluegrass-infused The Whileaways, traditional “supergroup” Back West, Connemara fiddle players The Kanes and Leo Moran & Padraic Stevens (two of the musical talents behind The Saw Doctors).

We Banjo 3, another Galway act and Galway 2020 cultural ambassador, headlined for their eigth year.

It wasn’t all music; Chef Martin O’Donnell held various cookery demonstrations displaying the best of Irish cuisine and artist Joan Finnegan’s exhibition Connemara Chroma was opened by Minister Ciaran Cannon.

Huge thanks to the Galway Showcase committee, Senator Billy Lawless, Minister Ciaran Cannon, Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway Cllr. James McClearn, Mayor of Galway City Michael Cubbard, and the whole Galway delegation for their support.

A big thanks also to the Tourism Ireland team in the US for their support and for organising the Galway 2020 reception, and to Culture Ireland for their generous support of the Galway performers.