We were invited to attend a media preview of this year’s Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs.
The Great Irish Hooley is a free admission festival that runs throughout the long Labor Day weekend, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and continues each day and night through late Monday, Sept. 2.
Never heard of a “hooley?” It is an old Gaelic term for a party with music and entertainment with fun for the whole family.
HighTime – This fresh new trio from Connemara, Ireland, combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and exciting experience. The band rocks an energetic statement with its instrumental line-up of flute, whistles, harp, bodhran, guitar and vocals – as well as some Irish dance steps thrown in!
Maca – Two Irish sister-musician-songwriters dubbed “Ireland’s next big thing” are rocking Raglan Road Pub stages with their extraordinary talent. Saoise Carty (guitar, vocals) and Naoise Carty (fiddle, vocals) are from Wexford, Ireland.
The Great Irish Hooley will include Celtic face painting, Hooley-crafted cocktails plus creative new bites by the pub’s inventive culinary team.
The pub also will introduce a new local craft beer collaboration with Crooked Can Brewing: the Devil’s Foot Blackberry Golden Ale. And Raglan Road also will serve the delicious Rollicking Raglan Brunch Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 2.
SHEPHERD’S TO DIE FOR PIE Braised and pulled beef & lamb with root vegetables in a rich red wine jus with Irish peat smoked mashed potato.
LET THERE BE NO RUSH PORK12 hour braised pork shoulder, creamed sage cabbage, pickled mustard seeds, red wine jus, caramelized apple puree.
FOLEYS FINEST TROUT Pan seared Foleys North Atlantic sea trout, parmesan & dill gnocchi, sea greens, zucchini ribbons, cherry tomato & crispy caper dressing.
WORTH THE WAIT BEEF SANDWICH
12 hour braised beef, sautéed mushrooms, crispy onions, garlic aioli and smoked cheddar on ciabatta.
OMG BURGER Dry-aged ground prime burger, Irish bacon, Dubliner Irish Cheddar, crispy potato straws with Jameson Irish Whiskey BBQ Sauce.
ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN
Chocolate ice cream, smoked almond brownie squares, toffee crunch and marshmallow.
YOUR RATION OF PASSION Passion Fruit Eton Mess, fresh mango, dried coconut shards, lemon crisp meringue, and candied mint.
Jameson Black Barrel, Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, apple cider, seltzer, home-made cinnamon syrup, fresh cranberries, apple & orange