Large Donegal and Derry presence at Irishfest in Milwaukee

The largest Irish festival in the world is getting underway in the US. The North West is being well represented at the Milwaukee Irish Fest, with a Derry Donegal Showcase.

The showcase is being supported by Failte Ireland North West.

There are also representatives from key statutory agencies , business persons, musicians, artists and performers, with the intention being to promote the North West, tell the region's unique story, and explore its US connections.

Thje Derry Donegal Showecase explores the Columban Exhibition, telling the story of St Colmcille and how he left Derry and Donegal to bring Christianity to the wider world.  Derry's history as an emigration port is being highlighted, as is Derry's history as a World War 2 base

There will also be genealogists there to help people trace their family tree and guide them through emigration records.

A Gaeltacht Tent will promote the Irish language and promote summer schools in Donegal, and a special film tent will showcase opportunities for filmmaking in the region, we well as showing films and animations which were made in Donegal and Derry.

Donegal's Mayor Noel Mc Bride says it's vital that the county and the region is represented at events such as this........

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