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Irish Chamber

Sydney Irish Festival Launched

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The inaugural Sydney Irish Festival will be held on 10 and 11 November 2018 at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park.

The Festival will be a fusion of art, culture, music, dance, food and drink that will culminate in a competitive Hurling match between two championship-winning teams for the 2018 Wild Geese Trophy.

The Wild Geese Trophy will be a fully sanctioned, competitive game contested by reigning All Ireland champions Galway and the winner of the 2018 National Hurling League. It will be the first time a full format Hurling game will have been played outside Ireland. The Wild Geese Trophy will mark the cultural respect that exists between the Australian and Irish people. It has been named in honour of 6 Irish fenians who successfully escaped the drudgery of a British ruled penal colony in Western Australia in 1876; an act of defiance that would later become known as the Catalpa Rescue.

The Sydney Irish Festival kicks off on Saturday 10 November with family friendly entertainment throughout the day including traditional Irish dance performances and competitions, hurling clinics, amusement rides, player autograph sessions, activities for kids of all ages and a Guinness Book of Records attempt to make the world’s biggest Irish stew. As the day transitions into evening entertainment patrons will be able to enjoy comedy and live music culminating in a major concert commencing at sunset with soon to be announced global artists to headline.

Day two on Sunday 11 November will commence with the Big Irish Brunch, more family friendly activities, hurling clinics and live music in the buildup to the pre-game welcome parade of the teams into the stadium, before the game which starts at 3.30pm.


There will be three corporate hospitality packages on offer to Chamber members:


1. Sky Deck Function - $190 per person


  • Premium gourmet BBQ
  • Private cash bar
  • Premium reserved seat and deck viewing area
  • VIP entry

Purchase directly through Ticketmaster via -


2. Hogan Function - $300 per person


  • Gourmet grazing menu
  • Premium beverage package
  • Premium reserved seat
  • Entertainment and special guests
  • Programme

Can be purchased directly through Ticketmaster via -


3. Corporate Suites – very limited number remaining and full suite bookings will take priority

* To assist Members, for this category, the Chamber will offer places at $395 pp in syndicated Corporate Suites to allow part suite bookings where possible


  • Gourmet grazing menu
  • Premium beverage package
  • Private suite
  • VIP entry
  • Programme

Must be bought directly through the Chamber - email us here to request bookings.

  • $5,925 (15 seater)
  • $7,900 (20 seater)


Sydney Irish Festival