Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride!


Great news! Lyft is now the Official Ride Partner of Irish 2000 Festival! As a special offer, attendees will get 20% off one ride to or from the event (use code: LYFTIRISH2000).

Make your ride to and/or from the Festival convenient and worry free.



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Gaelic Storm -- Heading Our Way in 2016

Gaelic Storm

We usually don't announce festival performers, but we're able today to tell you that Gaelic Storm will be on stage for the 20th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival.

They haven't been with us in several years and, no need to tell fans, they are sensational performers.

Facebook followers know this, but to repeat: We're planning a terrific fireworks show as part of the 20th anniversary. Making it to 20 years calls for special -- don't you agree?!

We'll be seeking sponsors this year for the first time. Why?  To offer great bands and a great time and to give back to our community, it has become necessary to try to defray costs. 

Remember our objectives: 

"To preserve, protect and promote Irish history and culture in the 21st century.

"To assist other non-profit organizations."

Since the first festival, Irish 2000 has donated more than $350,000 to other non-profits.

And, we want to continue this in a bigger way. If you know of anyone  or any company that  might be interested in sponsoring Irish 2000, let us know. You can email us here.

As we approach Thanksgiving, we thank you for your support and loyalty and wish you the best celebration Thanksgiving ever!


Last Minute Guide to Irish 2000

It’s almost here -- tomorrow (9/18) at 5 p.m. we open the gates!


Here are a few last-minute details for you.

  • If you won a Guinness pint glass in our Facebook contest, you can pick up your redemption coupon at the Irish 2000 Merchandise Tent. Engraving is between 1 and 4 p.m. ONLY at the Fairgrounds. And, you do need an admission ticket in order to enter the festival.
  • If you did NOT win a Guinness pint glass on Facebook, we’re having a raffle for some. Tickets are $1 each at the Merchandise Tent. Winners to be announced at 2 p.m. Engraving is from 1-4 at the festival.
  • Credit cards will be accepted at all gates. You also can use them at the Irish 2000 Merchandise Tent to buy beer share photos via both Instagram and Flickr. Bring your camera and share the festival fun with others.
  • If you bought a T-shirt or a two-day pass, show proof at the gate and get a free beer ticket on I2K as a thank you.

 That’s it for this minute.


Free Beer! Free Beer!

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Coming to Irish 2000 in Sept. 18 and 19? Well, there’s a surprise for you.

Here’s the scoop:

Buy a two -day pass either online or at Price Chopper. Present your receipt or the two tickets at the gate.

Voila! A free beer ticket is yours.

It’s that simple, really.

Plus, there’s a second way to get a free beer ticket.  Did you order an I2K T-shirt (the offer expired on Aug. 15)? If you did, either wear it at the festival or present a selfie in the shirt. 

And, again, a free beer ticket is yours.

It’s I2K’s way of saying thanks to you for your support.

Oh, like us on Facebook. We have some Guinness pint glasses that will be given to those on Sept. 19 who write a meaningful “Why I need one” on our Facebook page. Free engraving, too, on 9/19.

Beer? Guinness glasses? 

Onward to Sept. 18 and 19!

T-shirts and Good Times

Everyone loves T-shirts.
And, those of us who love Irish 2000 are no exception.
As a natural, then, I2K is offering T-shirts for sale for a two-fold purpose: 
  1. They’re awesome. We designed a long-sleeved, black T-shirt with multiple colors. 
  2. They’ll also help us raise some money to help us with last year’s wash.
Just follow this link, and you’ll find all the details.
The shirt can be ordered now (we recommend it since the site will only be on for a very brief time), and will be shipped to your door in time for the19th Annual Irish 2000.
Yes, postage and handling cost a few dollars. And, yes, there is the option to donate to Irish 2000 to keep it viable.
But it’s all part of a good cause. 
Great T-shirts. Irish 2000. And, preserving Irish culture and tradition.
See you on Sept. 18 and 19 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds -- wearing your shirt and being Irish and proud!

Well, we did it!

Two mini festivals to try to make up the lost money from the rain of 2014. Thank you, friends. It has been a big help.

If you were with us, didn’t we have a tremendous time? If you weren’t, that’s okay. It’s June and we know that schedules are really full. Between wedding, graduations and a proliferation of festivals and concerts, WHEW!

Now we move onward. Now we move to get ready for the 19th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival. It’s going to be Sept 18 and 19 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. So mark your calendars now!

We welcome back the Glengarry Bhoys, the Screaming Orphans, Shilelagh Law, the Young Dubliners and the Fighting Jamesons on the Contemporary Stage. On the Timothy Nelligan Traditional Stage, old friends The McKrells join us as does Get Up Jack and much more.

On the Patricia McSweeney Stage, all the favorites from the greater capital District with be there including good friends Frank Jaklitsch and Who’s Your Paddy.  New this year is Triskele! Welcome!

So, let’s get ready to blow the roof with great food, beer and fun at the 19th Annual Irish 2000!

Moving Right Along …See You June 6!

 Don't Fret

Our May 14 concert with Leo & Anto was great. Miss it? Coming up next is our June 6 mini Irish 2000 Fest -- our Fun-Raiser! We’ll be at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds from Noon-7 p.m. with great local performers. Admission is just $10 or you can order tickets right here.

Why are we doing a mini fest? Well, to put it simply, we took a bath in more ways than one during the 2014 Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival. It rained -- and then it poured -- and then it rained some more. It kept folks home. And, that meant a great financial loss for the festival.

So, to make up some of the difference (we hope) a mini fest was created. We’re eternally grateful to those who are performing to help us out of this. Our thanks to all of them! Here is the performance schedule for the day. No rain, please!

June 6th Schedule:

Brothers Flynn  12 - 1pm

Frank Jaklitsch  1:30 - 2:30

Mckrells  3:00 - 4:00

Get Up Jack  4:30 - 5:30

Emish  6:00 - 7:00

Farrell school also performing.

Help us as we strive to preserve Irish culture and traditions!
It’s going to be great. Don’t miss it!

Star Performers Featured In Irish 2000 Benefit Concert

photo Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors and Anthony Thistlethwaite of the Waterboys

Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors and Anthony Thistlethwaite of the Waterboys will be featured in a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 14 at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, 1748 State Street, Schenectady.

A benefit for the Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival that takes place in September, Moran and Thistlethwaite are on an acoustic tour of the U.S. In 2014, Irish 2000 suffered devastating financial losses when two days of torrential rain dampened the festival.

“This is one of two fundraisers planned so that we can attempt to recoup the substantial loss of funds in 2014,” said the festival’s executive director Matt Nelligan. The second event, an Irish 2000 Fun-raiser will take place from 12-7 p.m. on June 6 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds and will feature local performers. With The Saw Doctors on sabbatical, the two friends have put together a show that will include different takes on well-known Saw Doctors’ songs, versions of less-played songs and a few from Thistlethwaite’s own songs. For the Schenectady concert, doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. At 6 p.m., the AOH will open and food will be served before the concert.

Tickets are available by calling 518-915-4467 or email Ellen Brown at


ABOUT IRISH 2000: The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc. organizes the annual festival that takes place in September at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $350,000 to a variety of charities.

To continue its rich tradition, the 19th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival is seeking funds through benefit concerts in 2015.

Were you with us at the 18th Annual Irish 2000?

Rain Photo

Yes, we had a bit of Irish mist (to put it mildly!). But, rain doesn’t dampen the spirit of Irish music or the Irish 2000 Festival. Did you hear the Makem and Spain Brothers? How about Sythian? Sephira? Of course, you couldn’t miss the energy of the Screaming Orphans? Or, the high kicks and spirit of the Irish dancers. And, those pipes…ah! Not to forget the energy of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Did you do a bit of shopping? Did you have some of the corned beef? Most of all, did you enjoy Irish 2000?

For years we’ve been saying that we have the best people in the world come to our festival. One police officer of the grounds told us that he always works the festival because, “The people here a just wonderful. Warm. Friendly. And, here to enjoy the music and to have a great day!” Yes, to have a great day! And we did! With many thanks to our wonderful volunteers! So, as you jumped a puddle or clapped your hands, did you remember that we were blessed with Irish weather. The overly generous Irish mist kind!



There’s Heat in that Tent

As we draw hours away from the 18th Annual Irish 2000 Festival, here are some last-minute helpful hints for all concert goers.

  • There will be heaters in the Contemporary Tent both Friday and Saturday evenings. While it can get cool around here this time of year, the heaters work well and we’re happy to provide them. Plus, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers will warm you up, too!
  • We recommend if you’re staying into the evening, you bring a jacket, sweatshirt -- whatever. Won’t hurt and might come in handy.
  • If you plan on buying advance-sale, discounted tickets, you have until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 to buy them on our website. If you’re purchasing at Price Chopper, you have until midnight on Sept. 11. Then, they’re gone!
  • Shuttle service to and from the festival is available at several locations throughout Albany County and from The Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs. It's inexpensive, easy and offered to everyone. Details are on this website.

Most of all -- come! Tell your friends! Slainte!


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