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How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

We could all use a few laughs and there will be more than a few when the Irish Comedy Tour rolls into town on Sunday at the Sellersville Theatre. It’s also your chance to see former Philly guy, Pat Godwin, late of the John DeBella Morning Zoo and Howard Stern radio programs.

But, before that happens, local documentary maker John Foley’s poignant and patriotic film, The Color Bearers, which features former Eagle Vince Papale, will be shown at the FirstGlance Philadelphia Film Festival at the Franklin Theater at the Franklin Institute on Saturday. The film explores the courage of those who carried the flag in the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

So, you think you can dance? Or sing? Or play a bodhran? America’s Got Talent Season 5 auditions are being held at Pennsylvania’s Convention Center on Saturday and they’re looking for Irish acts. So drag your harp or your pipes on down and show them how it’s done.

There are also a couple of fundraisers on Saturday. AOH/LAOH Div. 87 is holding a benefit to raise money to help member George Lees repair his motorized wheelchair. Paddy’s Well is at Brittingham’s Irish Pub in Lafayette Hill on Sunday afternoon to drum up support and money for Jessica Reed, daughter of Paddy’s Well bass player Frank Reed, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Jessica recently underwent a lung transplant and her medical costs are high. Also on the bill, Oliver McElhone, The King Brothers, and Seamus McGroary.

What happened to the Celtic Tiger? That’s the focus of a panel discussion on Tuesday at the Rittenhouse Hotel, sponsored by the Irish American Business Chamber and Network. Dublin representatives from Baker Tilly, one the world’s leading accounting firms, will explore the issue of Ireland’s economy.

On Friday, don your scariest costume (yes, anything you wore back in the ‘80s will be fine) and head over to the Irish Center in Mt. Airy for the Samhain Rambling House and celebrate Halloween Irish style. We’ve heard that there have been some ghostly manifestations at the center (no, really), so you may want to bring your ouija board. Check back with us later in the week to get the whole story!

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