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November 15, 2012


“Irish Christmas in America,” a popular show celebrating the customs, lore and traditions of Christmas in Ireland through music, song and dance, returns to The University of Montana on Sunday, Dec. 9.

The performance, which serves as a fundraiser for UM’s Irish Studies program, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. Tickets cost $25 if purchased in advance or $30 at the door. Student tickets cost $15 with an ID, and kids age 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets are available at all GrixTix locations, Rockin Rudy’s, online at or by calling 888-MONTANA.

The tour begins with a stop in Butte on Saturday, Dec. 8. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Mother Lode Theatre, and tickets are available online at, the Mother Lode or Granite Mountain Bank.

Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of the award-winning Irish group Téada, “Irish Christmas in America” features top Irish musicians, singers and dancers in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. The 2012 tour features special guests Aaron Jones, a member of the award-winning Scottish band Old Blind Dogs, and Séamus Begley, famous for his heartfelt singing and accordion prowess.

The family-friendly performance incorporates Irish ballads, holiday carols, lively fiddle tunes and thrilling Irish dancing. Narration brings to life ancient customs and stories, while evocative photography provides a backdrop of rich historical context.

The event is sponsored by The Friends of Irish Studies, Anderson ZurMuehlen, Granite Mountain Bank, Worden Thane, ALPS, and Philips Haffey.

For more information call Kristen Green, Friends of Irish Studies, at 916-712-5193 or email




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Contact: Kirsten Green, Friends of Irish Studies, 916-712-5193,; Traolach O’Riordain, UM Irish Studies director, 406-544-0311,,