How to Be Irish in Philly

How to Be Irish in Philly This Week

Break out the Celtic-strength sunscreen. You’re gonna need it. Lots of Irish doings happening outdoors this weekend.

Here’s what’s on.

Saturday, July 24

It’s a full day of Gaelic athletics at the Philadelphia Gaelic Athletic Association’s field, up in the shadow of the Limerick cooling towers. (For GPS purposes, the address is 945 Longview Road, Pottstown.) The day starts with hurling at 10:30 a.m., followed by ladies’ football, developmental football and men’s games from 1:30 p.m. onward. $10 to get in.

Down the shore, Jamison Celtic Rock brings some of the Christmas spirit to Wildwood Crest’s Christmas in July Celebration, at Sunset Lake along New Jersey Avenue from Farragut to Miami Avenues. That particular gig runs from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Details of the event here.

Sunday, July 25

If you missed them last week at the Allen’s Lane train station (and even if you didn’t), catch Maggie’s Boots in concert at Rigby Mansion, 523 East Church Lane in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The talented trio of fiddler Hollis Payer, accordion player Rob Curto and cellist Melissa Brun starts up at 1 p.m., with a traditional Irish music session to follow. $12 suggested donation.

Wednesday, July 28

If you’d like to learn how to be more involved in your Philly Irish community, you might give some thought to attending a volunteer open house sponsored by the Irish Diaspora Center, 1001 Darby Road in Havertown, starting at 7 p.m. There are plenty of ways for you to make a great community even better. Learn more and register here.

Thursday, July 29

It’s time to dig deeper into your heritage. Join the Diaspora Center’s genealogy group on Zoom, starting at 7 p.m. To register, email

Looking Wayyyyyyy Ahead

We’re telling you about this event now so you can make plans and order tickets. The Philadelphia Ceili Group’s Annual Irish Music and Dance Festival returns to the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center (The Irish Center) September 9, 10 and 11. (YAYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!)

Thursday the 9th is Singers Night. Friday the 10th is a ceili/set dance with workshops. All of that great stuff is leading up to a rambling house and the big festival concert finale featuring one of the top bands in Irish music—Lúnasa—on Saturday the 11th. You’ll find the Irish Center at 6815 Emlen Street in Mount Airy, catty corner from the Carpenter Lane train station.

All details and ticket info here.

And if you missed the Irish Fall Festival in North Wildwood … it’s baaa-aaaaaack!

September 24, 25 and 26. Non-stop music, pipe and drum bands, arts and crafts, and food and drink a-plenty. Details here.

And that’s it for now. See you next time.

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