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It's fitting that the first sponsor listed for Raleigh's first Gaelic Festival is Guinness, because there are no doubt folks whose connection with Celtic culture begins and ends with a pint of the heady, smoky stout on St. Patrick's Day. This daylong festival, being held at Moore Square Park on Oct. 1, seems determined to bring such culturally challenged types quickly up to speed, at least from the music and dance end of things. Headlining are the Prodigals--New York based but Ireland born (which isn't a bad description of their rocked-up, trad-rooted sound)--but there's plenty of learning to do before the quartet takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. The Ceol Na Gael Pipe Band starts things off at noon, Fayetteville-by-way-of-Dublin singer/songwriter Paddy Gibney and members of the Danny Tighe School of Irish Dance are among the many other acts on the bill, and a Gaelic musician jam will close things out around 11. There's also a Celtic Kids Corner for the wee ones, a Tarot reader for the curious, and matchmaking (courtesy of for the available. Admission is free, but please bring a nonperishable item for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. For complete details and an explanation of why there's not more of a Scottish presence, visit

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