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Witness to Conflict, Advocate for Peace

Northern Ireland community mental health nurse Patricia Campbell received the Passion for Peace Award at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. We had a free-ranging recorded conversation.

St. Patrick’s Day Isn’t Over: Two Parades This Weekend

It’ll be cold, but the show must—and will—go on. Here’s what you have to look forward to.

Adventures in Paradise, Part 1

While all the rest of their fellow Irish musicians might be shivering through St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia, local Irish musicians John McGillian and Dave Cohen are playing the ultimate dream gig on a sun-soaked beach in the Caribbean.

Kathy McGee Burns: The Story of All Our Irish Families in Philadelphia

We’re not quite finished with our wrap-up from St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia. Here is Kathy McGee Burns’ speech at the Irish Memorial. We’ve got the video and the transcript.

The Henry Girls Bring Inishowen to Philly

Denise and I spent last Friday evening in the presence of the Henry Girls from Inishowen, who were performing at Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square. You’ll want to check out our videos, and then add their music to your own collection.

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Two parades–Conshohocken and Mt. Holly–close out St. Patrick’s season with a bang this weekend. Dr. Maureen Murphy will be talking about her book about a Quaker’s involvement in the Irish starvation at Villanova. And The Elders will be in Sellersville later in the week. It’s still rocking!

Lost and Found

The late AOH legend Joe Montgomery was devastated when he lost his 100-year-old blackthorn walking stick, a gift from his wife’s father, at the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade years ago. This year, just a few months after his death, it turned up.

Strumming a New Tune

Irish guitarist Tony Byrne comes to town March 27 with Pulse of the World: Celtic Connections, tabla player Zakir Hussain’s marriage of Celtic and Indian traditional music.