The second annual Charlotte Irish Summer Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday uptown. Irish dancers, food, drinks, crafts and games are planned for the event. So is a cover band of U2, the popular Irish group.
Kevin Devin and Tommy Timmins, who own three bars uptown, including the Irish pub Connolly's, are hosting the event.
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Representatives with The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are expected to be there to take donations.
The foundation supports research of cystic fibrosis, which affects 30,000 Americans, said Sabrina Watt, a director with the Charlotte chapter.
Timmins and Devin often team with the foundation, Watt said, to help it promote its cause.
She said a friend of theirs died from complications of the disease.
“One of our biggest struggles is awareness,” she said. “We're a small disease. A lot of people don't know what it is.”
Devin could not be reached.
Last year the festival raised $3,000 in donations for Camp CARE, a camp for kids who have or have had cancer and their families.