How to be Irish in Philly This Week

Dancer Shannon Dunne will teach you how to do this on Saturday.

Dancer Shannon Dunne will teach you how to do this on Saturday.

 

It’s a perfect Irish week: A little music, a little drama, a little dancing, a little fighting. Just like your house, you say? Probably not.

The last few performances of Inis Nua’s latest hit play, The Hand of Gaul, happen this week. Your last chance for the laughs.

On Saturday, put your dancing shoes on and head over to the Irish Center to learn sean nos dancing—that’s Irish step dancing without the back-breaking leaps—with dancer Shannon Dunne.

Hang out all day and stay for Fight Night 2, the fundraiser for the Young Irelands Gaelic Football Club featuring both male and female amateur boxers—all for fun.

Joe Magee of Marty Magee’s Pub (and Galway Guild) is hosting a meet-and-greet on Sunday for all Philadelphia-area musicians. There will be jamming all day and it’s all going to be captured in audio.

Get your dancing shoes back on on Sunday. AOH Div. 1 in Bridgeport is holding a ceiili with music by Tom McHugh with Kevin and Jimmy McGillian.

On Tuesday, Claddagh, the music and dance extravaganza with an international flare, comes to the Sellersville Theatre.

Mark your calendars for May 4 when AOH Div. 1 hosts a benefit for the family of Officer Brad Fox, who served on the Plymouth Township Police Department. Fox, a veteran, was killed in the line of duty, leaving behind a pregnant wife. (she has since given birth to a son). The Paul Moore Band, Belfast Connection, Oliver, John Forth Band, No Irish Need Apply, Fisher & Maher, Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums, Coyle School of Irish Dance and DJ Sean will appear on two stages. The event lasts for six hours and you can buy tickets at the door.

As always, check our calendar for all the details.

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