Since its founding in 1981, the Irish American Society of County Will has placed high value on keeping our Irish traditions alive. A few years later, when Fr Kevin O'Neill Shanley, O.Carm. proposed that we send a worthy high school student to study in Ireland, the board readily agreed.

The Society has, since that time, selected at least one high school student from the county to represent us at this six week, well supervised, exploration of Irish heritage, culture and people.  To date, we have sent 42 teens. Formerly the Irish Way Scholarship it is now the Irish Life Experience.

Applications are accepted in the spring each year. See

scholarships.html for more information.


Brought to you by the Irish American Society of County Will,

a 501 (c)3.


For sponsorship information,

email us at:

Our mailing address is:

IASCW c/o Tim Brophy

​1800 Mason Ave.

Joliet, IL 60435


For general info, contact:

(815) 791-6424


Aug. 24, 2019

St. Joseph Park in Joliet

Noon - 10 p.m.

  • Full Day of Entertainment on 2 Stages
  • Full Day of Kids Activities


$5 admission 

Children under 12 FREE  when accompanied by adult(s)



Free admission for IASCW members


Parking is free.

Entertainment on 2 stages: the main stage and heritage stage. plus the Wee Folk area for children.​​


The Annual Will County Celtic Fest is hosted by the Irish American Society of County Will

We are the area's premier Irish organization dedicated to promoting Irish heritage and education. We are not religiously or politically affiliated.  In honor of our 30th anniversary, we gave away $30,000 to local, responsible charitable organizations. We have sent dozens of students to study in Ireland. We host several cultural and social activities through out the year.

Saturday Aug. 24, 2019 • St. Joseph Park • 700 Theodore St • Joliet

Noon to 10 p.m.