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Your St. Patrick’s Month Reading List, Part 1

We asked members of our Irish Philadelphia Facebook group to recommend their favorite books by Irish authors or set in Ireland. They came up with dozens, and we came up with dozens more. Here are a few that were highly recommended. Come back every week–we’ll be listing more throughout the month! Happy reading!

Top 10 New Alternatives to “Danny Boy”

When it comes to the singing of this semi-official St. Patrick’s Day anthem, a lot of singers are not at all sheepish. They should be. We present new ideas based on the old song that would at least make things more interesting, if not less painful.

They Danced Till They Dropped

Louie Bradley, chair of the Delco Gaels, and his partner Michele Quinn took home the trophy from the club’s big Dancing Like a Star fundraiser.

How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

Karen Boyce McCollum heads up the entertainment at the Duffy’s Cut Fundraiser on Saturday and Jamison, Bogside Rogues, Celtic Connection and Raymond Coleman are the headliners for Sunday’s Philly parade fundraiser. A singalong play, Lafferty’s Wake, opens this week at Society Hill Playhouse. And there’s much much more.

The Irish American Business Chamber: It’s All About Connecting

With its annual Ambassador Awards coming up next week, Irish American Business Chamber and Network founder Bill McLaughlin looks back on how the organization started and the many bridges it’s built between Ireland and Philadelphia.

Flights of Fancy: The Art of Deirdre Murphy

The Ardmore resident who traces her heritage back to Achill Island, County Mayo, has a new exhibit at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr. You can also see her work at the Philadelphia International Airport–appropriate for her flight-inspired paintings.

A Look Back at the 2015 Midwinter Fest in Video

Here’s a tiny snippet of what you missed if you didn’t get there, and a nice reminder for you if you did. And, hey, if you didn’t get there, let this serve as a motivation to go next time around.

Get Ready to Hear Ireland’s Top Traditional Group

FullSet, a hot young band that blasted the doors off the Irish Center in September, is coming back next week in a Philadelphia Ceili Group-sponsored concert Friday night.