How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

Elizabeth Spellman when she was crowned the 2012 Philadelphia Rose of Tralee.

Elizabeth Spellman when she was crowned the 2012 Philadelphia Rose of Tralee.

Elizabeth Spellman, a 28-year-old Havertown social worker, will give up her crown as the 2012 Philadelphia Rose of Tralee on Saturday night at the Radnor Hotel. The annual event is open to young women of Irish descent. The winner competes in the televised Rose of Tralee event in County Kerry, Ireland, in the summer.

Also on Saturday night, catch Galway Guild at Marty Magee’s in Prospect Park.

Also, Gerry Timlin—he of the beautiful voice and a million ad libs—will be doing two performances at the Act II Theatre in Ambler on Saturday night.

On Sunday, the annual Easter Rising Observance will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery at the graveside of Joseph McGarrity, prominent financier of the IRA who lived in Philadelphia. Sinn Fein Councillor from Monaghan, Sean Conlon, is expected to speak.

At the Irish Center, catch the GAA weekly telecast: 10 AM, Tyrone vs. Kerry, and at 11:45 AM it’s Cork Vs. Mayo (a delayed broadcast). Pay-per-view cost is $20.

At 1 PM, there will be an open house and free clinic sponsored by the new Glenside GAA, a youth Gaelic sports club, at Bishop McDevitt High School In Wyncote.

On Tuesday, Villanova Theater offers a staging of Oscar Wilde’s “Salome,” a stunning adaptation of the Biblical tale involving St. John the Baptist.

On Wednesday, “The Hand of Gaul,” a new play by Philadelphian Jared Michael Delaney, opens in preview at the Inis Nua Theater Company’s Off Broad Street Theater. It’s been described as “is a wild comedic romp through the ‘what might have been’ of November 18, 2009. That was the day Ireland got bounced out of a place in the World Cup 2010 contention by the unchecked foul of French superstar Thierry Henry. Three ardent Irish supporters decide to avenge their team and get mixed up in international intrigue beyond their wildest imaginings.” You had me at wild and comedic. Opening night is April 10.

On Wednesday, Irish singer Len Graham (County Antrim) and American Brian O hAirt, an award-winning traditional singer, will offer an evening of Irish singing and storytelling at a house concert in Center City Philadelphia, then again on Thursday at The Banana Factory or 25 W. Third Street in Bethlehem. They recently released a CD, “In Two Minds,” and have performed together at the Philadelphia Ceili Group Festival. Please see our calendar for information on the concert in Philadelphia–seating is limited.

Enjoy your week! Buy Irish!

Author: Denise Foley

Denise is one of the founding editors of and a veteran magazine and newspaper writer and editor.

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