How To Be Irish in Philly This Week
Happy St. Patrick’s season!
And it’s off to a roaring start. We have a lot to cover this week, so we’ll do it in order.
Saturday, March 2
The Burlington County St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes over high Street in Mt Holly at 1 PM.
Marita Krivda Poxon, author of “Irish Philadelphia,” will be signing her pictorial history at McKenna’s Irish Shop in Havertown starting at 1 PM.
At 3 PM, the Glenside GAA is holding its first fundraising beef and beer at the Irish Center. There are activities for the kiddies.
At 3 PM, two Galway natives come together for the first time in eyars to make some music. Gabriel Donohue and Seamus Kelleher are dueting at Paddy Whacks Pub in northeast Philadelphia.
At 7 PM, Scythian raises the roof at a special concert to benefit The Little Sisters of the Poor and their Holy Family Home for the elderly in Philadelphia.
Also at 7 PM, you can see a showing of the classic “The Quiet Man” featuring John Wayne, enjoy Irish food from Paddy Rooney’s Pub, quizzo, and fun at Sacred Heart Parish at 109 N. Manoa Road, Haverford. Contact Brian Cleary at email@example.com for tickets. This is for folks 21 and older, so think “babysitter.”
At 8 PM, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul raise another roof, this one at the Landis Theater in Vineland, NJ.
Also at 8 PM, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones will be performing at the VFW Post on Martins Mill Road in Philadelphia.
At the same time, the Gloucester County AOH is holding its annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Gloucester Heights Fire Hall in Gloucester City, NJ.
Sunday, March 3
Start the day off right with a real Irish Mass at St. Malachy Church on N. 11th street in Philadelphia at 10 AM—that means bagpipes, fiddles, Irish harp, and refreshments afterward in the parish hall.
At 1 PM, Gerry Timlin and Tom Kane, two of our favorite musicians and people, will be performing at Glen Foerd on the Delaware on Grant Avenue in Philadelphia.
At 3 PM, the second of two fundraisers for the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield. Please note that this is a different location than was previously announced.
You get a break the rest of the week (unless you want to go to a session) until Friday, when all Irish breaks loose again.
At 11:30 AM, former Irish President Mary Robinson will be addressing a group at the World Affairs Council at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott on Market Street.
At 7:30 PM, the dynamic trio of Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, and Brendan Dolan will be appearing at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater in West Chester.
Also at 7:30, Belfast Connection, another dynamic trio, is appearing at the Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, PA.
At the same time, the Irish Rovers are beginning their Long Goodbye Tour at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. That’s right—they’re breaking up, though you may have one more year to hear them live.
At 8 PM, do a little dancing at the St. Patrick’s Day Ceili Mor, sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group, at the Irish Center in Philadelphia. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to dance—instructors are standing by!
Whew! I’m exhausted already. But don’t flag. Also on Friday night, Black 47 comes to World Café Live and The Dropkick Murphys kick off Paddy Palooza with their annual St. Patrick’s Day visit to the Electric Factory (there’s also a meet and greet before the concert) and a Claddagh Fund (Dropkicks’ Ken Casey’s charity) fundraiser at Dubh Linn Square in Cherry Hill on March 9 featureing the Broken Shillelaghs and Slainte.
And next week? The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches on Sunday, March 10, with a couple of more parades following not far behind. And there is so much more that we’re going to have to continue this next week.
Check our calendar frequently for late-breaking fun as well as details on these and other events.