How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

It’s not a jam-packed week to be Irish, but what there is, well, it’s truly outstanding.

If you want to watch three of the best and fastest moving field sports in all of athletics—hurling, camogie and Gaelic football—check out the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Annual Continental Youth Championships this weekend at Greater Chester Valley Sports Complex, 37 Line Road in Malvern. (There is no parking at the fields or on Line Road. There is a satellite parking lot at East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester, with shuttle buses running every half hour.)

Philly is this year’s host for the massive event, with up to 25,000 kids from 4 to 18, and it’s billed as the “biggest tournament of Gaelic sports outside of Ireland.” We’ve been before, and we can’t argue.

It’s a four-day event, with Saturday and Sunday being the last two days. Admission for adults is $10. Kids under 18 are free.

Sunday, catch Maggie’s Boots at Earth Bread & Brewery, 7136 Germantown Avenue in Philly, from 1 to 3 p.m. Maggie’s Boots includes fiddler Hollis Payer, button accordion player Rob Curto and Melissa Brun on cello. A great little group and a guaranteed good time.

Two great Irish bands—Jamison and the Bogside Rogues—take the stage on Wednesday for the Pennypack Music Festival, in the Ed Kelly Amphitheater in Pennypack Park. The show starts at 7 p.m. How much it costs is up to you. When the donation bucket comes your way, give generously to keep this great festival going.

And that’s it for this week’s events.

We strongly encourage you to let the world know what you’re up to. If you have a Philly-area Irish-themed event, please do submit your event to our event calendar. It’s incredibly easy and costs nothing. If we don’t know about it, it won’t be in How to Be Irish, so let us know what you’re doing, where and when.

See you next time.

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