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Irish Summer Festival on tap

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.

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.