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Despite rain, Dubuque Irish Hooley still draws crowd

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Dubuque's Irish Hooley was held inside for the first time on Saturday in its 10 years. Hooley is Irish slang for party and there's plenty of Irish music, dancing, and other activities.

Each year Dubuque's Irish Hooley draws thousands of people to Dubuque, but this year organizers say they are expecting a slightly smaller crowd.

"I don't know if it's the weather or what, but it looks like people know we've moved and they're coming out," said Hooley Director, Michael Lange.

Lange said the Irish Hooley saw a large crowd on Saturday afternoon, but he expected the crowd would not be as large as the year before. In 2013, the Irish Hooley drew some 5,000 people to the Alliant Amphitheater in the Port of Dubuque. Lange said since the Irish Hooley was moved inside the Five Flags Center on Saturday, the building can only hold 3,000.

"I hope (we don't have as many people as last year), this place only holds about three thousand," said Lange.

Although this is the first year the Irish Hooley has been moved indoors, Lange said there have been some perks like air conditioning, more room for people to walk around, and an easier setup.

"Not that we would wish for bad weather, but this has actually been the easiest Hooley to put on in a lot of ways," said Lange.

Lange said he anticipates next year the Irish Hooley will once again take place at the Alliant Amphitheater.

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