How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

This week features a few big fund-raisers, so it’s time to hit the ATM and be prepared to give generously.

On Saturday, there’s a benefit for the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It takes place 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 includes domestic bottle beer, wine, food, and music provided by a DJ. Tickets will be available at the door. For details, contact Kathy Fanning at 267-237-2953.

Closer to home on the same day, the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center, otherwise known as the Irish Center, is hosting a fund-raising bash at J.D. McGillicuddy’s, 8919 West Chester Pike in Upper Darby. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

For $25, 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

Also Saturday, you can take part in the Delco Gaels Men’s Annual Golf Outing, starting at 1 p.m. at Cobbs Creek Golf Course. Cost is $100 per player, which includes light snacks, prizes, and dinner at Paddy Rooney’s Pub in Havertown.

For details or to register, contact Pat Rooney Jr. at 610-203-0591.

Paddy Rooney’s Pub (449 West Chester Pike), is showing a long list of Gaelic Athletic Association games from Ireland over the weekend. Here’s the rundown:

Saturday, July 13

12 p.m.

GAA All-Ireland Football Quarter Final: Roscommon vs. Tyrone

2 p.m.

GAA All-Ireland Football Quarter Final: Dublin vs. Cork

Sunday, July 14

9 a.m.

GAA All-Ireland Football Quarter Final: Donegal vs. Meath

11 a.m.

GAA All-Ireland Football Quarter Final: Kerry vs. Mayo

1 p.m.

GAA All-Ireland Hurling Quarter Final: Kilkenny vs. Cork Delayed

3 p.m.

GAA All-Ireland Hurling Quarter Final: Laois vs. Tipperary Delayed

On Sunday, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 5 will host a showing of “The Sandlot” at the Newtown Theater, 120 North State Street, in Newtown, Bucks County. The film starts at 4 p.m. Proceeds will assist women in crisis pregnancies together with their newborns, and families in need. Tickets are $5. To purchase, contact Michelle O’Malley at 215-768-8536. Wear your baseball gear!

And speaking of baseball, you can join the Mayo Association of Philadelphia for a night at the Trenton Thunder on Thursday, July 18. The Thunder will take on the Hartford Yard Goats. Sounds like a real haymaker. The game starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $11 and kids 3 and under are admitted free. Proceeds benefit the Miss Mayo Scholarship Fund.

For tickets, contact Eileen Barrilli at

Also Thursday night, Timlin and Kane headline the free Summer Concert Series at Dravo Plaza 815 Justison Street in Wilmington.

And just a reminder, How to Be Irish and our weekly email are going on a brief vacation next week.

In the meantime, get out there and be Irish this week. And check out our calendar. Events are added all the time.

See ya!

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