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A hundred thousand welcomes offered at North Haven Irish festival

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NORTH HAVEN - Sunday at the North Haven Fairgrounds, the Connecticut Irish Festival was held.

"Besides the traditional Irish dance and music, we have lots of shopping vendors," said Eileen O'Keefe Roxbee of the Irish-American Community Center. " We have the agricultural part, sheep-shearing."

The first-ever celebration was held in 1963 and started as a field day with Irish dancing and Gaelic football. It soon turned into a weekend-long festival and continues to grow each year.

The celebration of Irish culture, heritage and history is sponsored by the Irish-American Community Center and also includes a family fun run, cultural exhibits, music, raffles and more.