How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Summer doldrums may be setting in, but fear not. There are two big Irish fund-raisers coming up—both of them next Saturday, July 13, with one at the shore and the other in Upper Darby. So unless you’re prepared to drive like the wind up the AC Expressway (it’s been done, of course) you might not catch both.

We’ll start with the shore gig, a benefit for the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Yes, it’s months till the next parade, with the bands, the floats and all the dudes wearing funny hats, but it’s always a good time to support the cause.

It’s at Keenan’s North Wildwood, 113 Olde New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood, N.J., from 3 to 7 p.m. It costs $30 to get in, and your entry fee gets you a lot—domestic bottle beer, wine, chow, and tunes by a DJ. Tickets will be available at the door. Details, contact Kathy Fanning at 267-237-2953. The shore’s a great place to be this time of year, so if you’re planning on a beach trip, don’t forget to check in.

Closer to home, here’s your chance to bolster another very worthwhile cause on the 13th: The Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center, otherwise known as the Irish Center, one of our favorite places.

This fund-raiser is at J.D. McGillicuddy’s, 8919 West Chester Pike in Upper Darby. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

For 25 smackers, you get light food, music and raffles. There will also be a special raffle for four tickets to the Carl Frampton-Emmanuel Dominguez fight on August 10.

Buy your tickets online at the top of the Center’s PayPal page.

You can also reserve your ticket by contacting Lisa Maloney, or Sean McMenamin at

Donations of raffle items are most welcome. Contact Lisa Maloney for the details.

If you’re looking for more to do, visit our events calendar.

Even better, tell the world about your Philly-area Irish-themed event. Submit it here. Costs nothing. Zip. Nada. No catch.

You should also check out our Facebook page. If you haven’t joined the group, do so. It’s a fun bunch.

We’ll see you next week.

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