Irish Books, Arts and Music festival celebrates Irish culture from Oct. 11-13

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If you think Irish culture is Butch McGuire’s, the Blarney Stone and green milkshakes, think again – and then get to the annual Irish Books, Arts & Music celebration (iBAM) featuring a weekend of Irish culture and fun Oct. 11-13.

In the first part of the show, Rick Kogan talks with Cliff Carlson, Cathy Curry and Rita and Bruce Emmett about the annual festival, which is celebrating its fifth year of fun. Kogan calls the Irish shindig “a chance for Chicagoans to immerse themselves in Irish culture.”

This year, the festival is honoring Father Jack Wall as the Person of the Year as well as Brendan Gleeson, Tim Pat Coogan, the Black Family and Robert Ballagh. Damian McGinty, a teenage actor who appeared on “Glee,” will also be in attendance for a concert on Oct. 11.

Click below to hear more about the celebration and how you can get involved with the many Irish-American organizations in Chicago. Click here to visit iBAM’s website.