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Irish in Janesville


Are you a proud Irish-American or interested in Irish-American history in Janesville? The history of the Irish in Rock County is one full of incredible hardship but also of amazing success. As part of Janesville Irish Fest, the Rock County Historical Society is presenting a public screening its Irish triple threat: a book, documentary and exhibit that narrates the trials and tribulations of Janesville’s Irish community.  This history has been beautifully preserved and captured by Dave Haldiman, author and filmmaker of Vision Forge Productions.

When: Friday, October 4th

Where: Pontiac Convention Center – 2809 Pontiac Drive, Janesville

Time: Cocktail Hour: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Irish Buffet Served: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Screening of Documentary, Q&A and Book Signing: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person and will include the following: 

  • All you can eat Irish buffet
  • The first screening of the Irish in Janesville documentary, Where Nature Seems to Smile – The Irish in Janesville
  • Question and answer session with the author/filmmaker Dave Haldiman
  • Viewing of the Rock County Historical Society’s  exhibit, Irish in Janesville
  • Book signing of:  High Our Hopes and Stout Our Hearts – The Irish in Janesville

Available for purchase will be Haldiman’s book  and the DVD combination for $20.

Purchase Your Tickets

Tickets to the event may be purchased online using the Brown Paper Tickets link to the upper right or may be purchased at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum located at 426 N. Jackson St. between the hours of 10am and 5pm.

The Rock County Historical Society would like to thank the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Janesville Foundation, J.P. Cullen, the Ryan Family, Alliant Energy, and Vision Forge Productions for making this event a possibility.

Please be sure to also visit the BIFFstew event page for more Irish entertainment during the Irish fest weekend!

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