The Young Irelanders To Kick Off St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Heritage Center

Jan 31, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque Heritage Center continues its fourth annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with The Young Irelanders onFriday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The Young Irelanders comprises eight consummate performers who have Irish traditional song and dance running through their veins, including acclaimed Irish fiddler, Colin Farrell. The artists have toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and they have shared the stage with Bono, Sting, and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones.

WHAT:            Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series – The Young Irelanders

WHEN:            Friday, Feb. 24 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:          John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

TICKETS:        $27-$32 adults, $23-$27 UD alumni, $15 child/student

Although still in their 20s and 30s, The Young Irelanders have achieved more than most people would aspire to in a lifetime. Between them, they have performed for many heads of state including those of Ireland, the United States, England, China, Monaco, Japan, and Russia. Members of The Young Irelanders have performed with The Chieftains, Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, the Dubliners, Martin Hayes, Máirtín O’Connor, Lúnasa, Michael McGoldrick, and other leading names in Irish music. Dancer Siobhán Manson was the principal dancer with Riverdance for over 10 years and, in 2014, continued that role during a 5-month-long tour of China.

The sound the band creates is best described as eclectic, where traditional Irish music, Celtic music, folk music, world music, jazz music, country music, and popular music come together to give rise to a unique and multi-faceted sound. The Young Irelanders also sets out to reflect an Ireland of today where many of Ireland’s exponents of Irish traditional music are second generation Irish or reside outside of Ireland.

The Young Irelanders are Damien Mullane – accordion and melodeon; Colin Farrell – fiddle, whistles, and vocals; Kieran Munnelly – flute, whistles, bodhrán, snare, and vocals; Stephen Markham – keyboard, piano, percussion, and vocals; Sean O’ Meara – guitar and vocals; Lisa Canny – lead vocals, harp, and banjo; Siobhán Manson – dancer; and Cathal Keaney – dancer.

A free Cyber Café Knapp Stage pre-show concert from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. featuring Ballyheigue, a local five-piece family Irish band featuring Jim Ott, Alison Ott, Emily Ott, Rob McCullough, and Jason Kuntz, precedes The Young Irelanders’ performance.

Tickets for The Young Irelanderscan be purchased Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street.; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at

Telegraph Herald serves as the Heritage Center 2016-2017 season presenting media partner.