How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

It’s a relatively short week, but expect more opportunities to get out there and be Irish in weeks to come—a lot of it down at the beaches.

For now:

Friday, June 11

Down the shore? While you’re there catching rays (OK, yeah, we know it’s rainy, but still), take the opportunity to catch Jamison Celtic Rock at North Shore, 301-303 New York Ave., Wildwood, starting at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 12

Enjoy a good cocktail? Interested in James Joyce’s “Ulysses?” (Bear with us, there’s a connection.) Head to The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Place in Philadelphia, for “The Spirit of Bloom Cocktail Mixing Workshop.” It takes place in The Rosenbach Garden. 

A mixologist from “Art in the Age” will be on hand to help you learn the fundamentals of creating a special Bloomsday cocktail, using a bottle of Tamworth Garden Gin. (You can take it home with you!)

The event includes an opportunity to check out Joyce’s manuscript of “Ulysses,” which is in The Rosenbach’s collection. Space is limited in each one-hour workshop time slot. It all takes place at 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. $85 per couple. Learn more and register here.

Wednesday, June 16

There’s a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center (the Irish Center), 6815 Emlen Street in Mount Airy, to prepare for the 40th anniversary commemoration of the Hunger Strikers. If your group wants to “adopt” a hunger striker—which is to say, research his particular story and prepare an exhibit for the October remembrance—be there. Full story here.

Thursday, June 17

Practice your down dog—and other healthful contortions—at the Irish Diaspora Center, which hosts yoga every Thursday night at 7. You’ll find the Diaspora Center at 1001 Darby Road in Havertown. Reservations are required. Email The suggested donation is $10 a class.

Looking Ahead

Maggie’s Boots, the fabulous duo of Hollis Payer on fiddle and Rob Curto on button accordion, is playing at the Germantown Outdoor Market, at Attic Brewing Co., 137 Berkley St., Sunday, June 27, from 2 to 6 p.m. 

That’s it for now.

See you next time.

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