What is there to say about Irish Americans in the Philadelphia area? Believe it or not, people do ask us that. They assume that, once we get past the Guinness and music and dance and St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll have exhausted all the possibilities.
That’s just plain silly.
Anyone armed with a Web browser and a bit of patience would quickly come to the same conclusion. In the Delaware Valley, it is possible to learn the Irish language, to join a pipe band, play Irish football, race a curragh on the Delaware, attend a Celtic worship service, earn Irish studies credits at Villanova, commemorate the heroes of the Easter Rising, celebrate Joyce at the Rosenbach (and view selections from the author’s “Ulysses” manuscript), and reenact Civil War battles as a member of the 69th Pennsylvania Irish Volunteers. Of course, there’s the beer and the music and the dance and the parades, too.
But there’s so much more–and we bring it all together for you under one roof. More than that, we give you the tools to become a full participant in this wonderfully rich culture.
Irish Philadelphia represents the work of two Philadelphia journalists, and if our Irish roots are showing, well, so be it. For now, it’s a labor of love only. Time will tell whether this little experiment can become more–something, dare we hope, profit-making. Regardless, we promise to retain our independence, integrity, and our respect for our audience.
irishphiladelphia.com is a Web presentation of Plastic Paddy Projects LLC, 528 Kingston Road, Oreland, PA 19075.