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Irish dancing at Texas Folklife Festival

ITC celebrates Irish Heritage Day March 20

(March 16, 2005)--Celebrate Irish culture as the Texas Folklife Festival presents Irish Heritage Day from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 20 at the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC). The event is free for UTSA students, faculty and staff with UTSACard.

Visitors can enjoy lively dance and music from local bagpipers, a harpist, and Irish bands, Boru and FOXES. Hands-on activities include cross-making, genealogical research and cooking demonstrations. Authentic arts and crafts will be available for purchase.

"We are proud to host the inaugural Irish Heritage Day at ITC," said John Davis, ITC executive director. "Today, more than a half million Texans identify themselves as Irish -- either direct descendants or recent arrivals."

Jean Kelly, founder and director of the Speedwell Trust, a volunteer organization working through school curriculum for peace in Northern Ireland, and Harry McKillop, a Northern Ireland descendant who has worked to save lives of prisoners of war worldwide, will speak at 1 p.m.

Kelly is the inaugural recipient of the Harry McKillop Irish Spirit Award established by Ross Perot in 2003 in honor of McKillop, his longtime friend and business partner. The award recognizes outstanding humanitarian acts by Irish and Irish Americans.

Admission to the festival is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-12, seniors 65+ and military with ID, and free for children 2 years of age and younger.

For more information, call (210) 458-2330.

--Tina Luther

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