How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Sure, it’s cold. Hey, it’s January. But that’s no excuse not to get out and get Irish.

Here’s how to get your week started on a roll.

The Notre Dame Ladies Football Club is sponsoring a bowling night Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. at MacDade Bowl, 2105 MacDade Boulevard in Holmes, Delaware County. Admission fee is $20 per person and, just in case you don’t have bowling shoes, bowling shoe rental is included. It’s BYOB, and there will be raffles.

On a more serious note, on Sunday, the Derry Society of Philadelphia hosts a Bloody Sunday commemorative Mass at the Philadelphia Irish Center/Commodore John Barry Arts & Cultural Center. The Mass commemorates the 47thanniversary of Bloody Sunday, and begins at 3 p.m. The Irish Center is at 6815 Emlen Street in the city’s Mount Airy neighborhood. (Right across from the Carpenter SEPTA station.) Refreshments to follow in the Fireside Room.

Next Friday at the Rosenbach, you can take part in a hands-on tour of the works of James Joyce and other Irish authors like Bram Stoker (yep, the Dracula guy … he was Irish), Oscar Wilde and more. You’d be hard pressed to find a better collection of the works of Joyce and other prominent Irish authors than at the Rosenbach. You can check out Joyce’s hand-written manuscript of “Ulysses,” among other precious literary works. The Rosenbach is at 2008-2010 Delancey Place in Center City. The event begins at 3 p.m.

Also Friday, you can help support the Foróige Youth Group, a local chapter of Ireland’s biggest and most successful youth development leadership program, based at the Irish Immigration Center of Greater Philadelphia in Upper Darby. It’s Cash Bingo Night, held at St. George’s Church, 1 West Ardmore Avenue in Ardmore. Doors open at 7 p.m. It costs $30 in advance if you order your tickets online, and $35 at the door. There will be 10 games in all, and raffles, so you can have more opportunities to walk away with a win.

For more info, call 610-789-6355.

That’s the deal for this week.

Just a reminder … St. Patrick’s month will be upon us before you know it. We’ve already got lots of events listed on the calendar for March, but we know from past experience that there’s a lot more to come.

If you have an Irish-themed Philly-area event during March, make sure you tell us about it. You can submit it here.It’s easy. It’s like a free ad. Because, you know, it’s free.

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