Remembering Tim Nelligan

Irish 2000 lost one of its founders last night, with the passing of Tim Nelligan. Mr. Nelligan was the head of the grounds committee for over 10 years and a Board member and Treasurer for 12. He was one of the driving forces behind the creation and operation of Irish 2000 because of his fierce love for Irish music, history, language and culture.

We at Irish 2000 are better for having known him and. poorer for having lost him.

God speed old friend. May St. Patrick and St. Bridget bless you and keep you and may the Lord prepare a place for you at his table. A pint of Harp and a roaring peat fire await you and a welcoming feast with friends and old family to welcome your arrival.

Thanks for all you did for us, and for watching over us now.

Also...No rain this year-We are counting on you!

Celebrate Summer & the 18th I2K

We Just can't help but think that it won't be long until we're together again at Irish 2000 on Sep. 12 and 13 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

As a warm up to our celebration, Eileen Ivers will be playing as part of the magic at Music Haven in Schenectady's Central Park at 7 p.m. on July 13. It's part of Music Haven's 25th anniversary and under the artistic direction of Mona Golub, perhaps better known by all of you as affiliated with our sponsor, Price Chopper Supermarkets. The concert is free and you won't want to miss it. And, you can enter to win tickets to I2K that evening!

Here at I2K, we're busily accepting applications for food and craft vendors. Please tell anyone who might be interested. No need for disappointed folks. For those coming from a distance, we have partnered again with Plaza Travel to offer great overnight packages. Super service and great rates...

It's going to be a fabulous festival -- full of music, dance and fun for kids and of course, adults. Check out our lineup here. And, remember, advance-sale, discounted tickets are on sale through the website, too. They'll go on sale Price Chopper Supermarkets on August 3.

We're happy to report that we other sponsors including DeCrescente Distributing, Clear Channel Radio, WTEN/Fox 23 television, The Spotlight Newspapers and The Saratogian. Remember, please, to support those who support us!

Here we are --less than 5 months away from Irish 2000!

The 18th annual edition features a fabulous lineup, all on our website today. There was one change at the moment -- Emish will be with us once again.
There are a few more changes. We have a new rides’ company for the kids -- Green Mountain Amusements. This is their 1st time at I2K. Old favorites will be with us again -- pony rides, Celtic Critters and the return of Magician Jim Snack.

If you are or if you know a food or craft vendor who would like to join us at Irish 2000, the applications are all here at the website. Plus, we’ve partnered once again with Plaza Travel to offer a great travel package.
If you’re looking to buy your tickets well in advance (maybe a gift for someone?), they are available again on this site. Discount, advance-sale tickets will be available at Price Chopper Supermarkets starting August 3.

And, we remind everyone: Time to sign up as a volunteer at I2K. It’s the best deal around. Shifts last 4 hours and you receive free admission, free parking and a free commemorative T-shirt. Tell your friends, too, and make a day of it. We can’t do it without you. Again, everything is on the website.
And, we hope you have a very Happy Easter!

"Stay Tuned"

So, at this point, we have the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Black 47, The Screaming Orphans, The Makem & Spain Brothers. And, we’ll be announcing the rest of the performers soon.

Fact is, we’re not quite finished yet.

As you know by now, Black 47 will disband in November 2014 -- exactly 25 years after their first gig. And, they performed at the very first Irish 2000 18 years ago at Heritage Park. Remember?

It won’t be long, though, before the full schedule will be posted. Be patient. We promise to be back very soon with all the details.

In the meantime, think green. It can’t be too long before this white disappears from upstate New York!

It’s Time to Say, Thank You!

Irish 2000 is fortunate to have great sponsors whose support is tremendously appreciated.

We simply can’t produce this festival without so much community support.

Please patronize those who are so good to us.


Thank you to:

 News Center Times Union Saratogian Spotlight  PYX 106 99.5 River  Central Veterinary Hospital Rotterdam Veterinary Hospital Paul B. Grotas Immigration Law  David Phaff Realty Gilhooley Design Irish American Heritage Museum  Big Top Tents K&S Security New York Light & Energy

Something New: Shuttle from Saratoga Springs

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New this year!- The Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival has shuttle bus service available from Albany County and Saratoga Springs to the Festival at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

Irish 2000 has added a shuttle stop in Saratoga Springs. The bus will leave from The Parting Glass Pub, 40-42 Lake Avenue and from the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.The Festival’s Executive Director Matt Nelligan noted that people coming to the festival wanted a chance to enjoy the fairgrounds and downtown Saratoga Springs. And, we thank The Parting Glass for partnering with us. 

Cost for the round-trip shuttle service is $10 per day or $15 for both days. The shuttle bus will pick up passengers at several locations in Albany County:

  • Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at 375 Ontario Street in Albany.
  • Crossgates Mall behind Macy’s, 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Guilderland.
  • Times Union rear parking lot, 645 Albany-Shaker Road, Colonie.
  • Festival Location at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa.

Shuttle service begins at 4 p.m. on Friday from the Albany AOH and from The Parting Glass. The last bus leaves the fairgrounds at 12:15 a.m. On Saturday, shuttle service begins at 11 a.m. from both the Albany AOH and the Parting Glass, with the last buses leaving the fairgrounds at 11:15 p.m.

For more information and a complete shuttle bus schedule click here.

17th Annual Irish 2000 Festival Schedule


With More Than 30 Performers and Non-Stop Music

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y.  – The Celtic celebration that marks midway to St. Patrick’s Day is the 17th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival. For two days -- Sept. 13 and 14 -- the Saratoga County Fairgrounds Is the site for fun, music and all things Irish.

With an annual attendance of over 15,000, the festival is rated one of the top five festivals of its kind in the United States.

“For this 17th annual festival, the extremely popular Gaelic Storm returns as our headliner,” said Festival Executive Director Matt Nelligan. “And, we’re thrilled to welcome  some very popular acts including Shilelagh Law, The Killdares, The Glengarry Bhoys  and the Screaming Orphans.

On Friday, festival gates open at 4 p.m. with performances till 11 p.m.  On Saturday, he festival gates open at 10 a.m. and performances continue until 11 p.m. 
On Friday, the main stage features Kilrush, the U2 Tribute Band Unforgettable Fire, and Shilelah Law and tops off with Gaelic Storm.
On Saturday, three stages are filled with every type of Irish music imaginable, from the traditional songs of The Barra MacNeils to the Celtic rock of The Glengarry Bhoys and another performance by Gaelic Storm. “Irish 2000 will host the debut of Get Up Jack. The group has Mike DeAngelis and John Haggerty from Hair of the Dog celebrating their 40th anniversary of playing together. Get Up jack is a special project with other musicians,” Mr. Nelligan said.

This year’s lineup includes: 

  • On the Contemporary Stage -- Kilrush, Emish, Albannach, Glengarry Bhoys, The Killdares, the Screaming Orphans and Gaelic Storm. 
  • On the Traditional Stage -- The McKrells, Get Up Jack, Girsa, The Makem Brothers, The Barra MacNeills and Hair of the Dog.
  • On the Patricia McSweeney Memorial Stage -- Shadowland, Rakish Paddy, Frank Jaklitsch, Three Irish Voices with Jaklitsch,  Who’s Your Paddy, The Brothers Flynn, Black Abbey and Forthlin Road. 
  • On Saturday, those attending enjoy the Schenectady Pipe Band playing throughout  the fairgrounds. 
  • On the Dance Stage, the Michael Farrell, Boland ,Iona  and An Clar schools of Irish dance perform.  
  • For the kids, a new magician joins us in 2013, Jim Snack. Plus there are pony rides, Celtic Critters petting zoo, rides and games. 
  • The festival also features more than 100 food and craft vendors. 

Discounted tickets will be available through Price Chopper’s Tickets to Go program starting on July 7 or through the festival website through Sept. 12.  Those using their Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card receive an additional $1 the advance sale prices.

Advance sale Friday only tickets are $16, Saturday only tickets are $18. A two-day pass is available by advance sale only at $29. At the gate, tickets for Friday only are $20. Tickets for Saturday only are $25 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free.  All sales at the gate are cash only. There is a $3 parking fee. 



The not-for-profit Irish Music and Arts Festival, Inc. organizes the annual festival.  The goal of the organization is, “To preserve, protect and promote Irish history and culture in the 21st century.” 

In addition to producing the festival, Irish 2000 also supports other non-profit organizations. Since its inception, the festival has donated more than $350,000 to a variety of charities. 

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day!

That means, I2K isn’t far behind!

We are busily working on this year’s lineup for the 17th Annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival.

We’re not done yet, but we can share with you a few of the great acts that will be with us. Back with us is Gaelic Storm -- on stage both Friday and Saturday. Also on Friday stage is Shilelagh Law. Get ready for an outstanding evening of great music! On Saturday, we’ll be joined by the Glengarry Bhoys and are happy to welcome back The Makem Brothers, too.

So, while we’re getting ready to announce the final line up, we wish all of you a Great St. Patrick’s Day! Slainte!


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