Looking for a place to do a little dancing? The AOH Notre Dame Division one is having an Irish session for your listening and dancing pleasure on Saturday starting at 7 PM at their club at 342 Jefferson Street, Swedesburg.
Jamison Celtic Rock is performing at The Red Rooster Inn at 7960 Dungan Street in Philadelphia on Saturday night. One of our Facebook group members just suggested the Irish breakfast at The Red Rooster so you may want to go back on Sunday morning to try it out (they won’t let you sleep there).
On Monday, the Dubliner on the Delaware—a new pub-restaurant in New Hope—launches its every-Monday Irish music session.
It’s the final countdown to Christmas and there are a few things you may want to do instead of shopping and wrapping.
For one thing, the Notre Dame Ladies Gaelic Football Club is having an Ugly Sweater Party at Paddy Rooney’s pub in Havertown on Saturday night. There will be prizes for the best. . .er, ugliest sweater. The event raises money for the footballers.
Also on Saturday, catch Bob Hurst of the Bogside Rogues at Reedy’s Irish Pub Christmas party, 9245 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia.
It’s going to be a very Christmassy week here in Irish Philadelphia land.
An American Celtic Christmas, a multi-media, multi-genre spectacular, produced annually by Frank Daly and CJ Mills of Jamison and American Paddy’s Productions, will be on stage twice on Saturday at Bensalem High School—a matinee at 3 PM and an evening show at 7 PM. Along with Jamison, you’ll hear John Byrne of the John Byrne Band, Bob Hurst of the Bogside Rogues, singer Kimberly Killen Clark, and Sean Hicks. The Celtic Flame School Of Irish Dance and the Bucks County Dance Center will, obviously, be providing the dancing—and it will be thrilling.
On Sunday morning, local Irish folks and organizations will be massing on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum for a photograph to send support and holiday wishes to political prisoners in Northern Ireland. All are welcome.
Still feeling too stuffed to move? Not the case for the teems of Irish dancers from the Mid-Atlantic region that are in Philadelphia this weekend at the Oireachtas, a major competition being held at the Marriott Downtown on Market Street. It’s an annual event, open to the public and a lot of fun, even if you’re competing.
The Donegal Ball is Saturday night at the Irish Center. The Philadelphia Mary from Dungloe, Shannon Alexander, will be giving up her crown to a new Mary who will compete this summer in Dungloe, County Donegal.
There are a couple of benefits coming up this weekend before Thanksgiving. First, on Saturday, the Philadelphia Irish Open Golf tournament takes place at Cobbs Creek Golf Course in Philadelphia. It will raise money for the Tansey family, formerly of Mayo, who lost their home, belongings, and pets in an house fire.
Gabriel Donohue, Raymond McGroary, Seamus Kelleher, Bill Donohue, Raymond Coleman, and Diarmuid MacDuibhne will be singing and playing their hearts out to raise money on Sunday for the Philadelphia Sunday Irish radio shows on WTMR 800 AM. It all takes place at The Dubliner on the Delaware in New Hope, starting at 1 PM.
This Sunday, The Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame will induct four new members and present its new Commodore Barry Award to the Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band.
Musicians Kathy DeAngelo and Dennis Gormley, who helped found the Next Generation group of young Irish traditional musicians in the Philadelphia region; Upper Darby physician Denis Boyle, MD, who offers his care to the homeless and undocumented; and Mary Frances Fogg, who has been both fundraiser and, using her government savvy, red tape cutter for the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade will all be honored at the event at the Irish Center.
The Mayo Ball is Saturday night at The Irish Center. They’ll be laughing and dancing and having, well, a ball, for the 110th time since the Mayo Association was founded. They’ll also be selecting Miss Mayo 2016. It all takes place in the ballroom starting at 8 PM. Entertainment will be provided by Vince Gallagher and his band, DJ John Shields, and the Rince Ri School of Irish Dance.
Also on Saturday night: Designer Bag Bingo to benefit the Cummins School of Irish Dance at the Holy Martyrs Church Hall in Oreland, and the Glenside Gaelic skating fundraiser at Old York Road Skating Club.
There are two events on Sunday where you can enjoy some Irish music and craic: First is the AOH Ceili, known as Veronica’s Ceili, at the hall in Swedesboro of the AOH Notre Dame Division 1. Jimmy and John McGillian and Tom McHugh will be producing the music to dance to. Second, the AOH/LAOH Annual Freedom for All-Ireland benefit will be held at the FOP Lodge #5 in Northeast Philadelphia. Proceeds from the event will go to charity and community organizations in Northern Ireland.
The beautiful 19th century St. Malachy’s Church in North Philadelphia will be the setting on Sunday, November 1 for the annual Mick Moloney and Friends concert to benefit the church and school founded by Irish immigrants and the Sisters of Mercy.
Limerick native Moloney, who is both a musician and historian, first started the concert more than 25 years ago when he was living in Philadelphia and working at the University of Pennsylvania. The catalyst for the concert was his friendship with then pastor, Father John McNamee, whose book, “Diary of a City Priest,” chronicled his years ministering to the poor in North Philadelphia.
Moloney has been credited with renewing interest in traditional Irish music in the Philadelphia region. McNamee turned a small Catholic parish school into a showpiece for the benefits of a Catholic education: Most of its graduates go on to higher education; even its kindergartners test out at 10 percent above grade level in reading.