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Dublin Irish Festival - non-denominational service - music

Description

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, the praise team of Discover Christian Church, sponsor of a non-denominational Christian service at the Irish Festival, performs a worship song. (Caroline Toy)

Event
Dublin Irish Festival - non-denominational service - music
Community
Discover Christian Church
Location
Coffman Park
City / State
Dublin, OH
Recordist
Caroline Toy
Recorded On
2015-08-02
Religious Tradition
Christian (Protestant)
Language
English
Types of Sounds
amplified, clapping, drums, festival, instruments, multiple voices, piano/keyboards, singing, worship service
Types of Space
green space, outdoors
Research Team
Ohio State
Season
summer
Day of Week
Sunday
Time of Day
morning
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The praise team of Discover Christian Church leads music during a nondenominational worship service at the annual Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, OH. Photo by Caroline Toy
Dublin Irish Festival - non-denominational service - music
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