How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Looking for a Covid-safe dinner out? Hoping to catch some live Irish tunes? Want to catch up on your Irish history?

This is the week for all of the above and more.

Here’s the deal:

Friday, October 23

Jamison Celtic Rock takes the stage outdoors at Sweeney’s Philly, 13639 Philmont Avenue, starting at 6 p.m. If you’re looking for live music, Jamison won’t disappoint.

Saturday, October 24

If you love the Screaming Orphans—we’ve seen them many times—they’re back with a Facebook Live concert starting at 5 p.m. Check it out here. (And if you haven’t seen them, do … they’re a party.)

Sunday, October 25

Caitlin Finley and Will Woodson resume their Facebook Live cocktail hour and a half, Sunday at 5 p.m. Watch it here. You can also watch it on YouTube. We’ve written about Caitlin and Will recently. Be sure to catch their wonderful traditional Irish tunes.

Thursday, October 29

Have dinner at The Commodore, the new restaurant in the Fireside Room at the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center, 6815 Emlen Street, in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy neighborhood. (And again, Sunday, November 1.) We have all the details in this story. Online reservations are required.

Sunday, November 1

There’s going to be a 100th-year commemoration of the death of Kevin Barry at the Philadelphia Art Museum on the Rocky steps, starting at 7:30 a.m. If you’re going, wear a mask, and maintain a six-foot distance from everybody else. Barry was an Irish republican rebel executed at Mountjoy Prison by the British government during the Irish War of Independence.

Coming Up

Historian Sean Murphy is leading two Zoom classes, one on the history of County Mayo, the other on the Viking invasions of Ireland, starting Thursday, November 5, and running for three consecutive Thursday nights after that. We have all the details in this story. Register soon!

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print for this week. Check in again for more Irish things to do.




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