Irish Hill Street Closures this Friday from 6:45-8pm!

Attention, Irish Hill Neighbors,

This Friday evening, there will be a road race affecting most of Irish Hill. There will be no parking restrictions but there will be street closings. With so many walkers and runners out, we ask that you take great precaution in the area, whether in a vehicle, cycling or on foot. If there are any folks that would be willing to assist CFF and LMPD in keeping the two center lanes clear for the racers, it would be appreciated. Please come out and watch the race. There should be some great costumes in attendance.


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Run Like Hell 5K

Friday October 19, 2012

Street Closings at 6:45 PM -8 PM

ROUTE: Starting near Distillery Commons: the race starts at the corner of Payne Street and Lexington Road and runners run up Payne (towards Baxter) then take a right on Cooper Street, following Cooper Street to Lexington, and then makes a right onto Lexington and follows Lexington to right before 2269 Lexington Rd where runners will turn around and loop back to Payne Street, left on Payne and follows back to Distillery Commons parking lot to finish line.

The race is raising money to find a cure for this dreadful disease and CFF apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions, please contact the CFF office at 502-454-8435.

RootsFest in Irish Hill – Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events 11am – 4pm

All Local Art, & Craft & Non-Profit  Fair
Kids Craft Booth with Aerie Meredith, Artist Extraordinaire
Walden Theatre’s Guerrilla Theater starting at 12:30pm
WaterStep presents Safe Drinking Water for the Planet


11am Louisville Blues & the Blues Chasers
1:30pm Bluegrass Messengers
2:30pm Appalatin


Hot Vittles & Delicious Libations from Gary’s on Spring

RootsFest in Irish Hill is happening because of these fine folks

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association in honored to partner with these companies who are helping bring the Roots Fest in Irish Hill together.


Councilman David Tandy, Louisville Metro Government, District 4
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, Louisville Metro Government, District 9
Gary’s on Spring
Masterson’s Catering
Red Hot Roasters
Doo Wop Shop
Louisville Public Media


RootsFest in Irish Hill

Come down and groove to the First Annual RootsFest in Irish Hill. Live local music is on deck with the Appalachian-Latin fusion band, Appalatin along with Louisville Blues, Blues Chasers and old school bluegrass group, Bluegrass Messengers.

There will be fun for everyone including Local Art & Craft, Kids Craft Tent, Delicious Food from Gary’s on Spring, Four Roses Bourbon Tasting & Craft Beer.

Bring your lawn chair, the kids, the grandparents, your in-laws and your SHOES because funds raised will benefit WaterStep, formerly Edge Outreach. WaterStep trains individuals and organizations to provide safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Shoes, not just for dancing anymore, though it will be encouraged.

Schedule of events coming soon.

Call for Artists – FREE 10 x 10 booth space while supplies last

1st Annual RootsFest in Irish Hill

September 15, 2012 11am-4pm

Gary’s on Spring 204 S. Spring St

Art, Craft or Non-Profits

Send your contact information, category, & images of your work to

Please provide your own table and/or tent.

Plan to set up between 9am & 11am and tear down between 4 pm & 5pm.

Your participation includes the agreement to not hold the sponsors of the festival responsible for any personal injury, accident, damage, loss or theft of goods.

Phoenix Hill Tavern – A Good Neighbor

Our neighbor, the Phoenix Hill Tavern, has hit the IHNA email box a couple of times over the past week and we wanted to pass along these two bits of information.

Up first, the Annual Chili Cookoff:


The 21st Annual Great Chili Cookoff
@ The Phoenix Hill Tavern

Sunday * October 9th * 1 pm

It’s Chili Time! WAMZ , Miller Lite, Mom’s Music  and The Phoenix Hill Tavern present the 21st Annual Great Chili Cookoff on Sunday, October 9th at 1pm 

Cooks come out of the kitchen and into the competition area to prepare their culinary concoction in hopes of taking home the bragging rights at the end of the day and saying ’my chili’s the best in Louisville!’

Judging is of two distinct categories, restaurant and individual, giving everyone who dares the opportunity to compete.

Celebrity judges representing the local media base their decisions on chili density, zestfulness, aroma, and aftertaste. 

Phairgoers also have a voice in the voting process. Following a complete sampling of the participant’s culinary creation, phairgoers are encouraged to vote in The People’s Choice Contest.

Everyone is invited to participate in the zany chili contests: The Master Hole-Hitting, Jalapeno Pepper-Eating, and Spam-Put (a crowd phavorite).

Throughout the day, phairgoers will be entertained by musical groups on four different stages.  All Outside music will end by 8PM.

The Great Chili Cookoff is a phamily event. Face painting, mural painting, and inflatable bouncing equipment give the kids something to do in The Kids Area.

Phamilies are welcome ‘til 10 pm. The Great Chili Cookoff is a PHREE rain or shine event that promises BIG PHUN for all ages!

 Next up, we learned through a series of emails that there was a little bit of rowdy behavior this past Wednesday. Karen Callahan, Neighborhood Liaison, sent a response on behalf of the owners of Phoenix Hill Tavern. Below is an expert from that email.

On behalf of myself and PHT, I extend my sincere apologies to you and anyone else our guests disturbed last night. Closing time is always our most challenging time, no matter what night of the week it is.

We want everyone to know that we continue to employ 6 working off duty, uniformed LMPD officers in marked cars.  Two of those officers are assigned to what we call “Neighborhood Patrol.” Those officers constantly patrol the neighborhood and side streets close to PHT (Rogers, Payne, Rubel, St. Anthony’s and, of course, E. Broadway and Baxter). They do their best to keep noise and disorderly behavior to a minimum.  This, generally speaking, has been very effective. Unfortunately, they can’t be everywhere at just the right time. The 5th District LMPD has been very visible and very active in our neighborhood in general, and especially on Wednesday nights. We appreciate and applaud their efforts. 

I promise you that I will bring all this to the attention of Club Mgmt. and our set up LMPD officer.  In the coming weeks, we will make an extra special effort to focus on the part of the neighborhood affected last night.

We still have permanent signs posted at all our exits encouraging our guests to respect our neighborhood as they leave. Our DJs still make nightly announcements at the end of every night encouraging our guests to leave quietly, keep their car stereos down, avoid littering etc. DJ’s remind them that we are a neighborhood friendly establishment and that we have nearby neighbors who are sleeping.  We will continue to do that, and we will re-emphasize the importance of theses announcements to all staff members.

As you know, I can be reached by phone during business hours, or you are always welcome to walk over to my office and talk with me in person if you have any additional questions or concerns Chuck.

Thank you, 

Karen Callahan

Neighborhood Liaison

We appreciate PHT’s efforts to keeping the neighborhood as clean and quiet as possible.

Work Continues on Breslin Park

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association reached out to Metro Parks for an update on the Breslin Park makeover.  They say the is proceeding.  Here are some highlights:

    • East walking path has been paved
    • Sprayground is in progress (waiting on drains)
    • Waiting on LG&E for power
    • Benches anchored
    • Rough grading 80% completed
    • West walking path – rocking and demolishing in that area. Projected completion 2 weeks
    • Parking lot paving completed by week of 10/10

Metro Parks anticipates substantial completion by November 15.

While the sprayground will not be ready for this season, as previously told to IHNA, we have been advised that more trees will be planted than originally planned.  Metro Parks has not said when the trees will be planted, but the trees being selected will be substantial.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Deadline for LNTN is near.

If you plan to nominate anyone as Irish Hill’s representative of Louisville’s Next Top Neighbor, please remember you must have your nomination form submitted by Wednesday, September 28th. This will give the Board of Directors time to review and vote on the nominations before Center For Neighborhood’s Friday deadline.

You can get more information about the LNTN project by visiting this link.

If you have any questions, please email

Irish Hill Festival is in the books

Thanks to everyone who came to the Irish Hill Festival. There was plenty of food, good music and a lot of conversation and catching up with friends.

A big THANK YOU goes to Baxter Avenue Baptist Church for hosting the Festival this year. It was a last minute put together, as our original plans fell through and we didn’t have time to get the proper Metro permits to hold it at Irish Hill Park or on one of the streets. The members of BABC did a wonderful job of getting everything setup, cooked and cleaned up afterwards. And it looks like the kids had a great time on the bouncy they provided!  You guys are tops.

Did you get a chance to check out EDGE Outreach’s water purifying system? It’s amazing how a little bit of salt and a car battery can produce three (!) things to make the lives of people in third-world countries so much better: Clean water to drink, chlorine and lye which are by products manufactured in the water purification process that can be used to disinfect medical equipment and kill mosquito larvae, reducing the risk of death from unsanitary conditions and malaria. If you need more information about EDGE, please visit their website: On their website, you can find locations to drop off old shoes, which they will use to fund their projects.

We welcome any feedback you would like to provide.  Use the comment section below or send us a private message (email:  Thanks for supporting the Irish Hill Neighborhood.