How to Be Irish in Philly

How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

St. Killian, the Irish-born apostle of Bavaria.

St. Killian, the Irish-born apostle of Bavaria.

Irish Network Philadelphia and the German American Chamber of Commerce will be raising a pint—and a stein—to their common saint, Killian, the Irish missionary who became the apostle of Franconia, which is now the northern part of Bavaria in Germany this week. Appropriately, they will be meeting at Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, where there will be a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a chance to network with our German cousins. (Did you know that in Pennsylvania, the most common ethnic mix is Irish-German?)

Also on Tuesday, you can sign up for clogging class (it’s an Appalachian Scots-Irish thing that will remind you of Irish dancing) that will run every Tuesday through August 12 at the Irish Center in Mt. Airy at a cost of $10 per class. You’ll need hard leather shoes. For info, call Beverly at 267-357-1722 or email

On Thursday, a real musical treat: The Coleman brothers (Mickey and Raymond) from County Tyrone (and New York and Philadelphia) will be performing at the Plough and the Stars in Philadelphia along with Plunkett McGartland, another Tyrone musician who has performed with Phil Coulter. And the Coleman brothers? Singly, they’re remarkable; together, they’re beyond fabulous.

Looking ahead, triple threat singer, storyteller, and bodhran player Mairtin de Cogain (he’s also a dancer, playwright and actor, making him a sextuple threat) will be performing on Friday, July 19, at The Irish Center, a Philadelphia Ceili Group production. It should be one entertaining night.

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