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Cultural carnival showcases music, dance and Irish language at Irish Arts Week in Minneapolis

Irish Star on April 15, 2024 by Alana Loftus

"Irish arts organization Celtic Junction is celebrating 15 years bringing the best of Irish culture to the Midwestern states"

Celtic Junction, a hub of all things Irish in the midwest, is celebrating 15 years of cultural enrichment and community by hosting an Irish Arts Week.

The Celtic Junction was set up in St Paul Minneapolis in 2009, housing three independent Irish arts organizations. They eventually formed the Celtic Junction Arts Center in 2016. Their mission is to celebrate, promote, and preserve cultural arts and community in the midwest of the United States...

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Irish Arts fest kicks off in Twin Cities as Celtic Junction turns 15

Irish Echo on April 11, 2024 by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

The Irish of the St Paul and Minneapolis will be hanging out their brightest colours from tomorrow to celebrate the 15th birthday of Celtic Junction, hub of all things Irish in the midwest.

Taking place from April 12-30, Irish Arts Weeks promise a smorgasbord of cultural delights certain to cheer the Irish of the Twin Cities.

This year's festivities promise an exploration of Irish heritage, featuring free Irish dance classes,  live music, film showings, and the highly anticipated Irish Language Weekend...

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Teaching the Irish language to American students in St Paul and beyond

Irish Star on April 4, 2024 by Martha Brennan

"The Celtic Junction Arts Center's Irish Language Weekend is one of the biggest in the US"

A group of Irish teachers are getting ready to bring the third annual Irish Language Weekend to the Twin Cities. The weekend, known as Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge in Irish, is one of the largest in the US and consists of a range of classes as well as presentations, screenings and talks...

'Kickin' It Irish' has two more shows on St. Patrick's Day

 9:52 AM CDT March 16, 2024

It's a Gaelic celebration highlighting traditional and contemporary Irish step-dancing and music featuring world-class musicians.

You can celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish style at a show in St. Paul.

Kickin' It Irish has two more shows at the Celtic Junction Arts Center on St. Paddy's Day.

Kickin' It Irish is a Gaelic celebration highlighting traditional and contemporary Irish step-dancing and music featuring world-class musicians.

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Ring out the old, ring in the new

Irish Echo on Dec 27, 2023 by Irish Echo Staff

"Ghosts in Greasepaint" returns to its Twin Cities birthplace with five performances at the Celtic Junction Arts Center in St. Paul.

Under the direction of the original creative team, the audience is invited to don period costumes, sing along, and be transported to the bygone era of the Victorian Music Hall...

FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Dec 18, 2023

A holiday variety show is on stage at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. The Celtic Holiday Hooley is a mash-up of comedy, stories, dance from the national champion O’Shea Irish dancers and live music. The show will be at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Monday, Dec. 12-20 and was produced by the team at the Celtic Junction Arts Center in St. Paul.

Cormac and Natalie O'Shea by Tom Dunn

Cormac Ó Sé was one of 20 original cast members to perform with Riverdance for the 1994 Eurovision

They’re “Kickin’ It Irish” at the State Fair’s International Bazaar

WCCO CBS NEWS MINNESOTA, Sept 1, 2023

Natalie O’Shea, with O’Shea Irish Dance, introduces the performance of Kickin' It Irish at the Minnesota State Fair.

Irish Fair returns to Harriet Island

ST PAUL, Minn. — You don't have to be Irish to have some fun at the annual Irish Fair in St. Paul.

The event returns to Harriet Island from Friday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 13, featuring music, dance, storytelling, activities and of course, great food.

Organizers say the Irish Fair is recognized as one of the "largest and most authentic" Irish festivals in the U.S.

Clip: Season 2023 Episode 47

Center for Irish Music joins to talk upcoming Irish Fair of MN and play live in the studio.

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Live music in the studio from CJAC's singing librarian Brian Miller and fiddler Danny Diamond.

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O'Shea is a bold young singer

Album Review: “Threads of Gold” is a stellar debut from a bold young singer I hope to hear more from in the future. O’Shea’s singing is superb, as is the music that accompanies it.  If your tastes include singers like Karan Casey, Cathy Jordan, and Nuala Kennedy, or Anaïs Mitchell (and I think specifically of the Child Ballads album she did with Jefferson Hamer), or groups like the Murphy Beds or even Lankum, this is an album for you...

KARE 11 Sunrise anchors Alicia Lewis and Jason Hackett stopped by the Celtic Junction Arts Center for a crash course in Irish dancing.

KARE 11 on March 17, 2023.

With today being St. Patrick’s Day, KARE 11 Sunrise anchor Jason Hackett looks at the Irish history in St. Paul.

*Irish on Grand, Irish Fair of Minnesota, Center for Irish Music, and Celtic Junction Arts Center make appearances!

Irish dancers join the KARE 11 Saturday show

Filmed at KARE 11 on March 11, 2023.

"Kickin' It Irish" is a Gaelic celebration highlighting traditional and contemporary Irish step-dancing and music featuring world-class musicians gifted in Irish bodhran, whistle, flute, fiddle, guitar, accordion, African djembe and song.

Natalie at Gael Linn, Dublin 2022

TRASNA MHEIRICEÁ: An International Women's Day salute to Natalie O'Shea of the Twin Cities Irish centre

 

In the fabric of Minnesota’s history and culture is embroidered the name of someone to be celebrated not only on International Women’s Day but on every day of the year as she meticulously weaves her passion for the arts together with Irish music, dance, and language to create the cultural colossus that is The Celtic Junction Arts Center of St Paul.

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Celtic Junction in St Paul, MN, joins forces with Gael Linn in an Irish language first

 

Celtic Junction Arts Center launches its winter quarter with a new partnership with Irish language and culture organization Gael Linn, to provide world-class Irish Language instruction tailored to North American learners.

Musicians from Traditional Arts Partnership play on stage

Ojibwe and Irish connection celebrated with music, dance at LCO College

Sawyer County Record By Terrell Boettcher News Editor, Apr 27, 2022

Irishinaabe,” an Irish and Ojibwe cultural exchange, was celebrated Wednesday, April 20, with music and dance in the Pipe Mustache auditorium at Lac Courte Oreilles Oibwe College.

Irish Arts Week 2022 Artwork by Carrie Finnigan

Celebrate the Irish language with Celtic Junction in Minnesota this weekend

IrishCentral In Partnership With: Celtic Junction Arts Center

The Celtic Junction Arts Center in Minnesota is hosting the 2022 Irish Arts Week, a community festival sharing Irish arts and culture and more.

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The Power of Indigenous Languages: Native American and Irish speakers

IrishCentral In Partnership With: Celtic Junction Arts Center March

A discussion hosted by the Celtic Junction Arts Center on the value, preservation, and challenges facing the languages of the Gaeltacht and of the Anishinaabe nation.

Celtic Junction launches semester of unique Irish themed online classes. Getty.

Celtic Junction launches semester of unique Irish themed online classes

IrishCentral In partnership with: Celtic Junction Arts Center,

A new semester of classes from the Irish College of Minnesota could be your chance to reconnect with your Irish heritage this year!

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“Trees for Ireland” - a rebirth and return

IrishCentral In partnership with: Celtic Junction Arts Center,

Celtic Junction Arts Center in Minnesota remembers beloved benefactor Eoin McKiernan and shares why they are proud to support Irish Heritage Tree.

Celtic Junction brick and mortar +rainbow!

Twin Cities Irish hub unveils virtual college winter program

The Irish Echo,  

Celtic Junction Arts Center has taken the wraps off its winter program for the Irish College of Minnesota. Fifteen online classes will take place on a rolling basis beginning January 17 through April 7, 2022. Classes range from one session to 16 and cover a wide range of topics including Irish language, history and literature, and the Celtic creative arts. Registration is available on the Coláiste na nGaedheal Minnesota website.

Ethna McKiernan Heritage Tree

Tributes paid to 'poet laureate' of Irish America Ethna McKiernan

The Irish Echo  

Published by Irish Stew Podcast on Sept. 27, 2021 (S3E2).

Registration is now open for The Irish College of Minnesota's classes in Irish language, Irish history and literature, and creative arts for its Fall 2021 semester.

Irish Studies - for the common folk - at the Irish College of Minnesota

IrishCentral In Partnership With: Celtic Junction Arts Center,

Registration is now open for The Irish College of Minnesota's classes in Irish language, Irish history and literature, and creative arts for its Fall 2021 semester.

Belfast Media. May 4, 2021

Finding Minnesota: Celtic Junction Arts Center

WCCO 4 News At 10 - March 17, 2021

John Lauritsen takes us to an Irish heritage center unlike any other in the Midwest

Sullivan Family at Celtic Junction

Irish stand with Native Americans in revitalizing culture, language in bond dating to Great Potato Famine

Frank Vaisvilas / Green Bay Press-Gazette
This article was originally published here on March 17, 2021.

Irish dancers on display at the State Fair's International Bazaar.

KARE11: This is where boys from O'Shea Irish dance shine the spotlight on Irish heritage - Aug 29, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Kickin' It Irish performance

KARE11: Cormac O'Se is here with his band to perform Irish music. - Mar 16, 2019
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VIDEO: The 2018 IrishCentral Creativity & Arts Awards

WCCO This Morning: Kickin’ It Irish

These Celtic Dance Moves Will Get You In The Mood For St. Patrick's - March 15, 2018

Irish Fest comes to Minnesota

KARE11: Cormac O'Se and a group of Irish Dancers join the Kare 11 Saturday Show. - Aug 12, 2017
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Ceol Traidisiúnta na Cathracha Chúpla: Irish Music in the Twin Cities

By Morgan Sleeper / Ethnomusicology at Macalester College

This article was originally published here in September of 2011.

O'Shea Irish Dancers

MN Original: Young performers Taylor and Meghan are headed to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to compete in the Irish Dancing Championships. - Jul 28, 2010