How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

John Byrne

John Byrne

This Saturday, head to Maloney’s Pub in Ardmore for the first of several fundraisers to help save the Irish Center, which was hit with a huge—and unaffordable–tax bill as the result of a recent citywide property reassessment. John Byrne is the first to go on stage (at 6 PM), followed by an assortment of performers who will be entertaining in traditional Irish house party style. The Cummins Irish Dancers will also be there—they call The Irish Center home. There will be food—underwritten by the party animals of the Mayo Association—drink, and raffles.

Look for John Byrne and his band again on Wednesday, July 23, at Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill. In case of rain, the music moves indoors at the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s lower school auditorium.

Jamison is performing at Shenanigan’s in Sea Isle, NJ, on Sunday.

Next Saturday, July 26, prepare for one of the most unusual Celtic events you’ll ever see. It’s called Ragas and Airs, a dance performance by Usiloquuy Dance Designs at Philadelphia’s Irish Memorial on Front Street—a combination of “ragas,” which are Indian tunes, and “airs,” which are Irish tunes. There will be two performances—one at 4 PM and the other at 7 PM.

Also that evening, Altan is appearing at the Sellersville Theatre and it’s also the weekend of the 27th annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore, a bike ride from Philly to Atlantic City that raises money for children via its Irish Pub Children’s Foundation.

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