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Music, dance and food highlight Long Grove's Irish Days

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  • Jimmy Moore and Daphne Quigley perform Irish songs Sunday during the Long Grove Irish Days Festival Sunday in the village's historic downtown. The festival featured live music, Irish dancers, a men-in-kilts competition and more.

       Jimmy Moore and Daphne Quigley perform Irish songs Sunday during the Long Grove Irish Days Festival Sunday in the village's historic downtown. The festival featured live music, Irish dancers, a men-in-kilts competition and more.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Mary Gallagher of Lake Bluff wears shamrock shaped sunglasses Sunday during the Long Grove Irish Days Festival in the village's historic downtown. The festival featured live music, Irish dancers, a men-in-kilts competition and more.

       Mary Gallagher of Lake Bluff wears shamrock shaped sunglasses Sunday during the Long Grove Irish Days Festival in the village's historic downtown. The festival featured live music, Irish dancers, a men-in-kilts competition and more.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Gail Ryan of Geneva sits with her Irish Wolfhounds, Callie and Shealan, as they listen to Irish music Sunday during the Long Grove Irish Days Festival Sunday in the village's historic downtown. The festival featured live music, Irish dancers, a men-in-kilts competition and more.

       Gail Ryan of Geneva sits with her Irish Wolfhounds, Callie and Shealan, as they listen to Irish music Sunday during the Long Grove Irish Days Festival Sunday in the village's historic downtown. The festival featured live music, Irish dancers, a men-in-kilts competition and more.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
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Men in kilts, live music, dancers and an Irish dog competition highlighted day two of Long Grove Irish Days in the village's historic downtown.

The three-day event is hosted by Paddy's on the Square, The Irish Boutique, and the Long Grove Business and Community Partners. It also includes arts and crafts and competitions.

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"It's the first year it's back after a five year absence," said spokeswoman Mary Beth Sammons. " A lot of people who came here yesterday are coming back as part of tradition. It has created excitement in Long Grove."

One of the most popular events Sunday was the Best Looking Men's Legs in a Kilt Competition. Festivalgoers also got to enjoy live performances by the McNulty Irish Dancers, Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band, Jeff Ward and Joe Cullen & Kathleen Keane.

"We came here yesterday and we are back today," said Mary Gallagher of Lake Bluff. "I really like the Irish theme. This area is so much like Ireland."

The festival continues Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes performances by Dillon Gavin Irish Dancers, Baal Tinne and Gavin Coyle.

The event is free. See visitlonggrove.com for more festival information and schedule.

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