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How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Free Blackthorn tunes this week

Free Blackthorn tunes this week.

Going to the beach this weekend? Think you can evade your duties as a respectable, card-carrying Irishperson?

Guess again, bucko.

If you’re headed down the Shore, you can get your Irish on big-time at Ireland and Old Lace in Historic Smithville, a few miles north of A.C., from 11 to 2 on Saturday. That distinctive little shop (615 East Moss Mill Road in Galloway) will host the kickin’ Celtic rock band Barleyjuice. You can also buy food and beer. Rumor has it, you can buy cheese and onion Taytos crisps.

Hmmmm … food, beer and Irish rock. All of life’s essentials, and all at the Jersey Shore over July 4th weekend, to boot. Does life get any better than this? Oh, yeah, it does … it’s free! Dip your pale Irish body in a vat of SPF 70, and get there.

Sunday, July 4th, brings us another Sunday of Irish tunes and community with the Vincent Gallagher Hour at 11 a.m., followed at high noon by “Come West Along the Road” with Marianne MacDonald, all on WTMR-800 AM. If you can’t pick it up on the radio, hear it clear as a bell on the Web.

You can keep the Independence Day Hibernian buzz going. Head out to Molly Maguire’s in Phoenixville for the Irish music session with Kane and Beatty, starting at 3.

Later in the week, Thursday to be specific, you have a tough, tough choice:

a.) Take yourself out to the ball game. The Camden Riversharks are celebrating Irish Heritage Night Thursday at the beautiful Campbell’s Field, 401 North Delaware Ave., in Camden. the Riversharks are playing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. (So, wait … is it an Irish festival or a seafood festival?) Game time is 7:05. Special deal for our Irish Philly fans: Tickets are only 5 bucks when you use the group code “irish” to buy your tickets. Contact Mark in the Riversharks front office at 856-583-0031 or

b.) Pack up your lawn chairs and a picnic dinner for a special free concert by the boys of Blackthorn, at Prospect Park, starting at 7 p.m.

Baseball … Blackthorn. Blackthorn … baseball. Decisions, decisions …

You Delco Irish have a big, fun-filled day in the sun lined up. Next Saturday from 1 to 4, the Irish Club of Delaware County hosts its 2nd annual Irish Picnic at Knights of Columbus De La Salle Pool, 18 Baltimore Pike, in Springfield. Round Tower provides the music (they were great at the Penn’s Landing Irish Festival), the Celtic Flame Dancers will take to their toes, and you can spend the afternoon swimming, playing games, perusing the vendor stalls, and chowing down on picnic chow. Beer and other bevvies, too, of course.

See you next time!

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