How to Be Irish in Philly

How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

The Mayo Ball is Saturday night at The Irish Center. They’ll be laughing and dancing and having, well, a ball, for the 110th time since the Mayo Association was founded. They’ll also be selecting Miss Mayo 2016. It all takes place in the ballroom starting at 8 PM. Entertainment will be provided by Vince Gallagher and his band, DJ John Shields, and the Rince Ri School of Irish Dance.

Also on Saturday night: Designer Bag Bingo to benefit the Cummins School of Irish Dance at the Holy Martyrs Church Hall in Oreland, and the Glenside Gaelic skating fundraiser at Old York Road Skating Club.

There are two events on Sunday where you can enjoy some Irish music and craic: First is the AOH Ceili, known as Veronica’s Ceili, at the hall in Swedesboro of the AOH Notre Dame Division 1. Jimmy and John McGillian and Tom McHugh will be producing the music to dance to. Second, the AOH/LAOH Annual Freedom for All-Ireland benefit will be held at the FOP Lodge #5 in Northeast Philadelphia. Proceeds from the event will go to charity and community organizations in Northern Ireland.

On Thursday, the late Jim McLaughlin, a charter member of the Irish American Business Chamber and Network, will be remembered at an event to raise money for a scholarship in his name for St. Joseph’s University. He was a St. Joe’s alum and a fervent booster of the school on City Line Avenue. Read our story about this beloved Irish community leader here.

The Birmingham Six will be on stage at the Bristol AOH on Friday night, then at Paddy Whack’s Pub on Roosevelt Boulevard on Saturday.

Coming up on November 15: The annual Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame Dinner at the Irish Center, honoring musicans and founders of the Next Generation, a group of young, aspiring traditional musicians, Kathy DeAngelo and Dennis Gormley; St. Patrick’s Day Observance Committee member Mary Frances Fogg; Delaware County physician to the homeless and undocumented, Denis Boyle, MD, and the Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band.

Check our calendar for dates, times, and all the details.

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