American Religious Sounds Project

Dublin Irish Festival - Irish Mass


The Dublin Irish Festival is a three-day Irish music and culture festival that attracts performers from all over the world, and visitors from Columbus and beyond. The festival is held annually in early August in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, Ohio. On Sunday, the last day, admission is waived in the morning; visitors may donate canned goods to the festival’s food drive and attend worship services before staying for the afternoon’s music. The Dublin Irish Festival is not religiously affiliated. The services are sponsored by local religious communities whose regular congregants mix with festival-goers, and some independent clergy. These congregations see the Festival as an opportunity to do outreach.

These worship services are sponsored by a variety of religious communities from Dublin and central Ohio. While most are Christian, they still include a wide variety of practices: a Catholic Mass said in Irish; a non-denominational service led by a pastor and praise team; U2charist, an Episcopal service using spiritually inflected songs by the Irish band U2 as hymns, and others. A local Druid community holds their celebration of Lughnassad, the late summer/early harvest Pagan holy day, at the festival. Beginning at 10 or 10:30 in the morning, these religious celebrations are scattered among the festival stages in Coffman Park. Some are audible across the grounds.

In this clip, a leader at the Irish language Catholic Mass explains the significance of saying Mass in Irish. The congregation then sings traditional Irish hymn “Be Thou My Vision” (in English), followed by an invocation in Irish. (Caroline Toy)

Dublin Irish Festival - Irish Mass
Coffman Park
City / State
Dublin, OH
Madeline Fix
Recorded On
Religious Tradition
Christian (Catholic)
English, Irish
Types of Sounds
amplified, festival, laughing, multiple voices, piano/keyboards, singing, speaking, worship service
Types of Space
green space, outdoors
Research Team
Ohio State
Day of Week
Time of Day
Crowds at the annual Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, OH. Photo by Isaac Weiner.
Dublin Irish Festival - Irish Mass
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