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How to be Irish in Philly this Week

How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

There’s a lot of music on tap for this week, along with a fund-raiser and what promises to be one fun bowling night.

First off, for those of you who make last-minute plans, two opportunities for music tonight.

At Dubliner on the Delaware, 34 North Main Street in New Hope, catch the always entertaining Gerry Timlin’s show, starting at 7:30.

Also tonight … Jamison Celtic Rock at Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 39, 7229 Tulip Street in the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia. The show starts at 9 p.m. and runs through the wee hours. It’s open to the public, and there’s no cover. Continue Reading

How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

A bit of a slow week, but what there is promises to help you keep your New Year’s resolution to be a better-informed Irish person.

Tonight, starting at 8, John Byrne and band members will perform at a new venue, the Living Room at 35 East, 35 East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore.

Also tonight, Seamus Kelleher fans can catch him at O’Mare’s Irish Pub, 10253 Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. His show also starts at 8.

One quick note for those of you who were hoping to catch the Seamus Egan Project at the Michener Art Museum tonight in Doylestown … the show is sold out. Sorry about that. Continue Reading

How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

After the Christmas holidays, you’d expect a lull in Irish-y activities. Guess again.

Start tonight at 6 by joining First Fridays with Round Tower at Hanrahan’s Irish Pub, 690 Burmont Road in Drexel Hill. It’s a nice long happy hour—it lasts ‘til 9—with a terrific band.

Meanwhile, at Philadelphia’s Irish Center (the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center), 6815 Emlen Street in Mount Airy, you can join the First Friday traditional Irish music session, starting at 8 p.m. If you play an Irish instrument, by all means drop in. (Learners and beginners welcome—the first hour is the “slow session.”) Even if you don’t know one end of a tin whistle from the other, it’s still a great opportunity to visit and listen in. Continue Reading

How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

This coming week, there’s a lot to be thankful for—including some night-before-Thanksgiving Irish activities sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

One quick reminder: Sunday night, the 18th, starting at 5 p.m., we’re celebrating the contributions of four of our favorite peeps at the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame Dinner, at the Commodore Barry Arts & Cultural Center (the Irish Center), 6815 Emlen Street in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. Honored will be irishphiladelphia.com founding editor Denise Foley, Pearse Kerr and Sister Frances Kirk, SSJ. Receiving the Commodore John Barry Award will be Sister James Anne Feerick, IHM. Details here.

Now … on to the Thanksgiving week festivities.

On Thanksgiving Eve, you’ll have a lot of choices: Continue Reading

How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Your weekend starts out with a full day of Irish dance. If you’ve never taken in the Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival at Villanova, now’s your chance to see some of the best college-level Irish dance teams strut their stuff. Saturday marks the sixth festival hosted by Villanova’s dance team. We’ve gone, spent the day, gotten the T-shirt. It’s incredibly fun to see how creative the competitors can be. This year, there will be 10 teams.

The festival takes place in the Jake Nevin Field House, 800 East Lancaster Avenue on the ‘Nova campus in Radnor. The competition starts at 9:30 a.m., with a Grand Irish Show starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets available in advance for $10 on VUTix, and $12 at the door. Kids and student admission, $5.

On Sunday, two big events. Continue Reading

How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Liam McLaughlin

Liam McLaughlin

Happy Fourth!

If you’re going to a parade tomorrow, it’s likely you’ll run into an Irish pipe band or two. But from Friday on, this week is jam-packed with Irish goodness.

Here goes:

On Saturday, check out “I’ll Make a Ghost of Him: Joyce Haunted by Shakespeare” exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum, 2008 Delancy Place in Philadelphia. The exhibit is open from noon to 6 p.m., and the exhibition itself runs through August 31. There’re plenty of chances to take it in.

If you’re goin’ down da shore this weekend, you can check out two of our most popular bands. Slainte shows up at Keenan’s, 113 Olde New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood, Saturday at 5. Later on, at 9:30, Jamison takes the stage at Casey’s, 3rd and New York, in the same great town along New Jersey’s Irish Riviera.

The South Jersey Irish Society hosts a picnic Sunday from 11 to 7 at the CYO-Yardville Branch, 453 Yardville-Allentown Road, in Yardville. And there will be no shortage of fun things to do, including dancing, swimming (not at the same time), mini-golf, basketball, and, of course, the obligatory picnicking. Charcoal grills are available.

Last weekend, at the Celtic Festival in Bristol, I ran into a couple of guys who play at the Bristol Traditional Irish Music Session Tuesday nights at Kelch House Eatery at Mill and Radcliffe Street, not far from the wharf, and they swear by it. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newbie or a more experienced player—everybody is welcome. And if you don’t play or sing, you’re more than welcome to drop by and listen. The session starts at 7.

If you’re near Ardmore, there’s a great session at Maloney’s on County Line Road the same night, at the same time. Fado in the city has its own session, starting at 9.

So if you’re looking for live Irish music, Tuesday’s a great night, but … the Philly area is positively up to its eyeball in Irish music sessions. Check out our calendar!

But wait! There’s more Irish music in a great summer setting.

Jamison’s in action again (do these guys ever sleep?) Wednesday night from 7 to 9:30 at Pennypack Park, at the Ed Kelley Amphiteatre, Welsh and Cresco in the Great Northeast. Also on the bill: The Bogside Rogues. Two great bands for the price of one. Which is to say: it’s free.

Thursday night, from 5:30 to 8:30, Irish Network-Philadelphia joins forces with the German American Chamber of Commerce to celebrate a single saint. It’s the St. Kilian’s Day Celebration at Brauhas Schmitz, 718 South Street in the city. (Irish missionary St. Kilian traveled to Bavaria in the 7th Century. Both nationalities hold him in reverence. Cash bar, complementary light hors d’oeuvres. Slainte! And Prost!

On Friday night, from 8 to 11, a rare treat: Liam McLaughlin, renowned as an Irish country music fave, in concert at the Philadelphia Irish Center, Carpenter and Emlen, in Mount Airy. You can take the train, too. Carpenter station is just steps away. But whatever you do: Support the Irish Center!

So put on your track shoes, and get out there.

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How To Be Irish in Philly This Week

Irish piper Paddy Keenan will be in town next Friday.

Irish piper Paddy Keenan will be in town next Friday.

This Saturday, lost loved ones will be remembered and honored at the annual Charlie Dunlop Memorial Fund banquet at Springfield Country Club. The event raises money for the fund that continues the work of the late Delco and County Tyrone electrician in providing financial support for community members in need.

Easter is a time of memorial for those in the Irish community—specifically, remembering the Easter Rising of 1916 when a group of Irish republicans mounted an armed insurrection against the British in Dublin. The Gloucester County AOH will hold an Easter Monday flag raising at the Red Bank Battlefield in National Park, NJ, starting at 11 AM, followed by Mass and a luncheon at the AOH hall on 200 Columbia Boulevard. The event is open to all. (Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 27, for the annual Easter Rising Ceremonies honoring Irish republican heroes Luke Dillon and Joseph McGarrity at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, where they’re buried.)

On Wednesday, the Derry Brigade will be playing at the AOH Div. 61 Hall at Rhawn and Frankford Streets in Philadelphia.

Grab your whistles, flutes, and uillean pipes if you got ‘em for April 25-26 workshops with the legendary piper Paddy Keenan, who will also be performing in concert at the Irish Center in Philadelphia, thanks to the Philadelphia Ceili Group.

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How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Saorla Meenagh, wearing her Rose of Tralee face paint.

Saorla Meenagh, wearing her Rose of Tralee face paint.

Tickets were going fast for the Gerry Timlin solo show at Act II Playhouse in Ambler on Saturday. Better call now.

If you happen to be in North Wildwood, the Shantys will be playing at the Anglesea Pub. We happen to know that there will be an influx of Irish folk in Wildwood this weekend for the Cummins School of Irish Dance Feis at the Beach.

On Sunday, see a documentary exploring the controversial case of 10 people shot by British soldiers in West Belfast in 1971 including a Catholic priest and a mother of eight. Relatives and victims will be able to answer your questions in a Skype session after the showing. The event is free at The Irish Center.

The Coyle School of Irish Dance is sending some of its best dancers to the world championships in London this year. They’re holding a fundraiser on Sunday April 6, between 5 and 8 PM, at The Irish Pub, 1123 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Bartenders for the evening will be world contenders Moira Cahill, a former Philadelphia Mary from Dungloe, and Padraig Glenn. Your $30 covers a delicious meal and open bar. Kids are only $10.

On Friday, one of the classiest events of the year, the Philadelphia Rose of Traleen Selection and dinner will take place at The Radnor Hotel. CBS3’s consumer reporter Jim Donovan will be the emcee (he’s very funny) and a brand new Rose will be chosen to compete in Ireland next summer. The current Philly Rose is congressional aide Brittany Killion.

On Saturday, April 12, about a dozen East Coast university-based Gaelic football and hurling teams will converge on Msgr. Bonner High School in Drexel Hill for a day of competition. We’d say all in fun, but we’ve seen Gaelic football and hurling—it’s serious.

And if you like what you see, the Glenside Gaelic Athletic Association is holding an open house for youngsters and their parents interested in Gaelic sports at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote on Sunday, April 13.

Save some time that day to attend the Derry Society’s Spring Social at The Irish Center, featuring music by the Derry Brigade, the Cummins School of Irish Dance, and Bill Donohue Jr. will be playing DJ for the kids to compete in musical games. There’s face painting, food, and raffles. And you don’t have to be from Derry to come. It’s a great day out for the kids.