Festival History


The Koroit Irish Festival began in 1997 and was the brainchildren of Maurice Molan who at the time was Koroit’s representative on the Moyne Shire Council.

Maurice Molan and a group of close friends began the festival with the first two years held in High Street Koroit. In 1999 the festival moved to its current home in the heart of the town, Commercial Road. The move proved a winner showcasing the towns centre with the Village Green and the Koroit Theatre the main music venues.

In 1998 the festival hosted the Australian Danny Boy Championships for the first time, an event which has become a signature of the festival. The festival prides itself on providing great Irish music and putting Koroit and its proud Irish heritage on show for all to see.

In 2011 an estimated  crowd of 2000 came through the gates on the Saturday of the festival to celebrate Koroit’s big day.

In 2013 the Koroit Irish Festival grew to a crowd of 3000 and welcomed the first ambassador for the Festival, renowned humanitarian and Victorian of the Year, Moira Kelly.

In 2014 Irish/Australian superstar Damien was our Ambassador, a task he excelled at, highlighted by a brilliant performance.

Ambassadors since then have included Mike Brady, Ron McCutcheon and Jimeoin.

In 2017 the Festival came of age, celebrating its 21st birthday.

The Koroit Irish Festival has matured into a winning combination of its original, signature entertainment, and exciting new talent and events each year -promising to continue to captivate patrons for many years to come.