Return to the Green Festival shines a light on Irish food, music and culture

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The annual Taste of Ireland in Greenville returns to town this weekend with the Return to the Green Festival, which showcases Irish food, sports and culture.

This is the 23rd year of Return to the Green, which runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 4 at Fluor Field. The Opening Ceremonies begin at 2:30 p.m., with music from the City of Greenville Pipes and Drums. John Hanson and Whitney Bradley will sing the Irish and American national anthems.

There will be activities for children from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and music and dance performances from 3 p.m. Students from Westend Dance Co.’s Drake School will perform, and there will be music by Keltic Kudzu and Sweet Potato Pie Kids by Young Appalachian Musicians.

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People can also attend an exhibition of the Irish sport of hurling, a youth game between the Greenville Gaels and the Atlanta Ngael clan, followed by an adult hurling exhibition.

An Irish-themed art exhibition will feature the work of Mark Mulfinger, Diarmuid Kelly and Patti Cunningham, and traditional Irish breads and desserts will be sold.

The festival ends with a draw for a cash prize of $ 500; participants must be present to win.

Admission is free, and there is a free shuttle service from County Square to the festival. For more information, visit www.returntothegreensc.com, or dial 864-525-8319.

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