How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Enjoy live tunes and honor Philly’s Irish patriots this week—and mark your calendars for a special event coming up.

Here’s what’s on tap:

Friday, April 9

Jamison Celtic Rock—the full band—will take their show to Delco tonight, at Tom N Jerry’s Sports Pub, 1006 MacDade Boulevard in Folsom. Tunes start at 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 10

Celtic folkies No Irish Need Apply are back, playing Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, 9241-43 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philly, from 3 to 7 p.m. Great band, super venue.

Sunday, April 11

It’s the 105th anniversary of the Easter Rising, and it is remembered in the Delaware Valley this weekend at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., with visitations to the graves of local patriots Joe McGarrity, Luke Dillon and Danny Cahalane. This is always a stirring event.

Raymond Coleman plays the Ashburner Inn, 8400 Torresdale Avenue in Northeast Philly, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Shantys hit the stage at The Fainting Goat, 105 South MacDade Boulevard in Glenolden, Delco. Always a great show—this time around, though, absent the contribution of bodhran player and all-round good guy Bill Whitman, who passed away on Good Friday. The Shantys plan to honor his legacy, and you’re invited to show up and share a song and your memories. The music starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 8.

Saturday, April 17

The Shantys headline at Cannstatter’s Biergarten, 9130 Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Looking ahead …

You’re advised to save the date for the annual Hunger Strikers memorial Mass and commemoration on May 2, with Mass beginning at 3 p.m. at Fort Mercer Club, 200 Columbia Boulevard in National Park, N.J. Sponsored by Ancient Order of Hibernians Commodore John Barry Division 1.

That’s it for now. Get out there and have fun, and be safe.

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