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The Top Photos of 2014

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We started out thinking … how about choosing the top 25 photos of the year—our absolute favorites?

So much for that plan. We found too many favorites.

Also, we didn’t think you’d mind.

We covered parades until our camera batteries ran out of energy. Us, too.

We spent hours at our fair share of Irish and Celtic festivals, even at the beginning of the summer, when the Penn’s Landing Irish Festival drew hordes of pale-skinned Hibernians, desperately seeking music, dance, beer, shade and sun block.

Benefits like “Dancing With the Stars” and Irish boxing night are always great attractions. No one with a camera can resist.

We witnessed the crowning of several young women chosen to represent the absolute best of Philadelphia’s Irish culture—including Maria Walsh, the city’s first International Rose of Tralee.

One weekend last July pretty much sums up why this beat never gets boring. On Saturday down at the Irish Memorial on Front Street, we covered an Indian dance troupe doing their take on Irish dance. On Sunday, in the same place, we covered a protest by local Irish and Palestinians against the Israeli incursion into Gaza. This beat never gets boring.

Music and dance is always big for us. The Philadelphia Ceili Group Festival in particular is a photographic feast. It was a big year for several of our local under-18 musicians, who went on to kick butt at the Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland last summer, and they had their share of photo ops.

Wherever there’s somebody beatin’ a bodhran, we’ll be there.

The Philadelphia Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) marked a huge milestone, unveiling their new field in Limerick.

We have a lot of friends, and we’re always making new ones, and you’ll see a lot of them here.

Anyway, forget 25. It just doesn’t do you justice.

Here’s the direct link. And if you want, you can scan the slide show, below.

 

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