How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

Officer Brad Fox

Officer Brad Fox

Plymouth Township Police Office Brad Fox, a decorated Marine Corps veteran, was ambushed and killed by an ex-convict he was pursuing in October 2012. In March 2013, his widow gave birth to his son, Bradley Michael. On Saturday, May 4, The AOH Notre Dame Division is hosting a benefit for the Fox family at their hall at 342 Jefferson St. in Swedesburg.

Music is being provided by the Paul Moore Band, Belfast Connection, Oliver, the John Forth Band, No Irish Need Apply, the Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums, and DJ Sean. The Coyle School of Irish Dance will also perform. Tickets, which cost $30, covers food, draft beer, speed rack and six hours of entertainment.

Also on Saturday, Timlin and Kane will be performing at St. James Gate at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem.

On Sunday, the Gloucester County AOH will hold a Hunger Strikers Memorial event to honor the 10 men who died in 1981, protesting their treatment in Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. There will be a Mass at St. Matthew’s Parish Hall and the pipes and drums of the Second Street Irish Society will perform. Afterwards, there is a meal at the division hall with live music provided by the Shantys.

On Thursday, catch Rosaleen McGill, Sean Earnest, and Bradford Upp doing Irish songs and tunes at Jack McShea’s, 34 E. Lancaster Avenue, in Ardmore.

Mark your calendars for the following week: The Galway Society Dinner Dance will be held at the Irish Center on Saturday and on Wednesday, May 15, it’s Irish Heritage Night at PPL Park in Chester where you can see the Philadelphia Union take on Robbie Keane and the defending MLS champions, the Los Angeles Galaxy.. Keane is the Irish National team captain and all-time leading scorer. There will be traditional Irish fare served, and Irish drink specials. Proceeds go to help support The Irish Memorial, which is celebrating 10 years as a Philadelphia landmark. For tickets, contact Greg Imming of the Philadelphia Union at 610-497-8933, or gimming@philadelphiaunion.com or Bob Gessler, 215-806-7298.

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