How to Be Irish in Philly

How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

This Sunday, The Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame will induct four new members and present its new Commodore Barry Award to the Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band.

Musicians Kathy DeAngelo and Dennis Gormley, who helped found the Next Generation group of young Irish traditional musicians in the Philadelphia region; Upper Darby physician Denis Boyle, MD, who offers his care to the homeless and undocumented; and Mary Frances Fogg, who has been both fundraiser and, using her government savvy, red tape cutter for the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade will all be honored at the event at the Irish Center.

On the weekend after Thanksgiving (November 28), the Irish Center will be the venue for the annual Donegal Association Ball, which features the music of John “Lefty” Kelly and friends as well as the Mary from Dungloe Pageant, which will choose one young woman of Irish descent to represent the city at the international festival in Dungloe, County Donegal, next summer. At least two Philadelphia Marys have achieved international status, including Meghan Davis, who now helps run the city’s Mary from Dungloe program.

This coming Wednesday, the Birmingham Six will be performing at Tir na Nog in Trenton.

And on Saturday, November 21, the golfers will be teeing up at the Cobbs Creek Golf Course for the Philadelphia Irish Open, which helps raise money for needy families. This year’s fundraiser recipient are the Frank and Margaret Tansy and their family, originally from County Mayo. They recently lost their home, all their belongings, and their pets in a fire.

On Sunday, November 22, Gabriel Donohue, Raymond Coleman, Diarmuid MacSuibhne and other musicians will gather at the newest pub in the region, The Dubliner on the Delware in New Hope, to raise money for Philadelphia Sunday Irish Radio on WTMR, 800 AM. Cost is $10.

See our calendar for details.

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