The annual Halfway to the Great American Irish Festival Hooley will be held on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 from 2 PM to 6 PM at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, NY.

Since its inception in 2006, the very popular party has provided a much-needed respite from the winter doldrums, with great music, food and drink, and a chance to see what hundreds of GAIF volunteers look like in their winter clothes. The Hooley is the festival’s way of saying “thank you” to the hundreds of tireless volunteers who helped make the Great American Irish Festival the fastest growing Irish festival in the land, and has become the forum for presenting the performance lineup for the upcoming festival, as well as the announcement of the board’s selection for the Utica St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal. The event includes a buffet, beer, wine, soda and coffee, and a cash bar is also available. Entertainment will once again be provided by Kilrush.

Tickets are just $20 each and can be purchased at the door. For more information, email Colleen Kain Martin at