Calling All Redheads

Redhead Day Monday May 29Gaelic Park Irish Fest 2017 celebrates Red Head Day on Monday May 29th with $5 admission all day for redheads. A prize for best redhead will be awarded at 5pm Monday. While only 1-2% of the world population are redheads it is estimated that 10% of Irish men and women are redheads making Ireland number one. Red hair is predominantly found in the western and northern fringes of Europe with The Celtic nations leading the way.  The majority of red heads have brown or grey eyes but that combination of red hair and blue eyes is a potent and rare combination. Red haired people are more likely to be left-handed, have a higher pain threshold  and are therefore more difficult to anesthetize.

Redheads have less hair than brunettes or blondes and their hair is harder to dye, their hair will not grey but turns white. There was a period in European history when red hair was associated with witchcraft and more than 45,000 women were put to death. More recently Hitler forbade redheads to marry each other. Redheads have a reputation for being fiery and quick tempered while also possessing stronger sexual appetites. Bees are more likely to sting redheads while painters are more likely to use them as subjects. Redheads are likely to be nicknamed Ginger in the U.K. or Carrot Top in the US and there is a history of redheads in the Royal Family with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry being natural redheads. Marilyn Monroe was also a  natural redhead. Globalization is causing a percentage drop in the number of redheads so let us celebrate this rarest of hair color while we can, join us at Irish Fest on Memorial Day May 29th which promises to be a fiery day of music craic and redheads.

NCGAA Tournament

NCGAA Tournament May 27 & 27National Collegiate Gaelic Athletics Association Tournament
Slated at Gaelic Park During Irish Ïest 2017

On May 27th and 28th, Purdue University will host the National Collegiate Gaelic Athletics Association (NCGAA) Tournament at Gaelic Park in Chicago, IL. The 7th incarnation of the annual tournament will return to roots with the same location as the original 2011 event and take place during Gaelic Park's 31st Annual Irish Fest. This year’s intense competition will see Purdue, University of Pittsburgh, University of Montana, last year’s hosts Colorado University Gaelic Club, and defending champions University of Connecticut give their all to be the last club standing.

Last year’s tournament was superbly hosted by first-time attendees Colorado. Two days of matches saw a thrilling final with Connecticut’s Huskies facing the Montana Grizzlies in a game that remained close right until the end. The Grizzlies were on the hunt for the first NCGAA three-in-a-row and looked to have pulled it off when, down 2, the Huskies scored a goal at the death to claim their first ever National Title and lift the cup. Pittsburgh retained the Shield for the third year running.

Matches will be played on the main pitch at Gaelic Park all day Saturday beginning at 9am and again on Sunday morning before there will be a break for a Chicago Youth GAA match. The Final will be held at 2pm on Sunday. There will also be a Shield Competition.

These clubs are impressively managed by the students themselves, who pack their kits and bags to travel across the country by car or plane every year seeking a National Title. Come watch grassroots Hurling at its finest, with these determined college teams competing to lift the NCGAA Cup!

Sunday Mass

Sunday, May 28th, 11:30am, Emerald Stage

For 28 years Chicago Gaelic Park celebrates everything Irish at our Irish Festival.

We carry over from our monthly Mass throughout the year to Sunday May 26th, were we celebrate Mass prior to the start of Irish fest on this day. We always have a full attendance at this Mass and would encourage everyone to come and partake in this special occasion that is celebrated outside on the Emerald Stage.Sunday, May 25th, 11:30am, Emerald Stage

For 28 years Chicago Gaelic Park celebrates everything Irish at our Irish Festival. We carry over from our monthly Mass throughout the year to Sunday May 26th, were we celebrate Mass prior to the start of Irish fest on this day. We always have a full attendance at this Mass and would encourage everyone to come and partake in this special occasion that is celebrated outside on the Emerald Stage.

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