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Vail Irish festival put off until 2010

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado

In the end, there just wasn’t enough time to hold a proper Irish Hurling festival in Vail, Colorado, this year.

The Vail Valley Partnership in the spring announced that Vail would host an August Irish Festival, including an exhibition of hurling, the country’s national sport. And that was pretty much the end of any advance publicity.

The partnership announced Friday that the event was being moved to next spring.

In the e-mailed announcement, partnership sales and marketing director Chris Romer said a springtime spot on the calendar is a better opportunity to bring top teams to the valley.

Then there are the rigors of hurling and the demands of the calendar.

“It’s a brutal sport, and there just wasn’t enough time between matches that were already scheduled,” partnership president Michael Kurz said.

“It actually worked out pretty well,” Kurz added. “We’ll have an international team if we go in the spring.”

While the festival has moved on the calendar, the basic idea is the same – the three-day festival, sponsored by O’Hara’s Beer, will include vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and in-town events centered around the tournament and the teams.

Laurie Asmussen of Eagle Valley Events, Inc., the event producer, said in the release that she wants Vail businesses to play a prominent role in the event.

“We have an opportunity now to put on a bigger and better event,” Kurz said. “We’ll have a parade, Irish bands, and, of course, a wee bit o’ beer.”


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