How to Be Irish in Philly

How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

A scene from "The Minnits of Anabeg," a film showing this week at the Irish Center.

A scene from “The Minnits of Anabeg,” a film showing this week at the Irish Center.

Expose yourself to culture this week.

There’s an amazing dance performance at The Irish Memorial on Saturday at 4 PM and at 7 PM. “Ragas and Airs” combines the music of Ireland with the classical dance of India to tell some universal stories. See our story. And Alan Brown, the screenwriter and director of the film, “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” the true story of an English justice of the peace who tries to save his community in the Irish Potato Famine, will be at the Irish Center to discuss the film after its 7:30 PM showing on Tuesday, July 29.

But that’s not the half of it. Irish group Altan will be performing on Saturday evening at the Sellersville Theatre. The Donegal-based group has worked with a wide variety of well known musicians from Bonnie Raitt to Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss.

On Sunday, the Broken Shillelaghs will be on stage at Tucker’s Pub in Wildwood. If you’re participating in the 27th annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore (kudos to you—this even raises millions for children’s charities) you could head to Wildwood from your final destination (Atlantic City) to hear them. Or go to Sea Isle to hear Jamison pla at Shenanigans.

Also on Sunday, the Theresa Flanagan Band is playing at JD McGillicuddy’s in Upper Darby and there will be dancing.

On Sunday evening, a pro-Palestinian rally is planned at The Irish Memorial.

On Friday, Irish-American photographer Brian Mengini is hosting an exhibit and fundraiser featuring his remarkable dance photos at his studio space at 52 3rd Street in Lansdowne.

Also on Friday, The Mayo Association will be holding a rally at the McSwiney Club in Jenkintown to support Maria Walsh who will be going to Ireland to compete in the International Rose of Tralee event as Philly’s Rose. Walsh’s family comes from Mayo. Though she was born in the US, she was raised in Mayo.

And, for you shore-goers, Jamison will be at Keenan’s in North Wildwood on Friday night.

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