Irish Philadelphia

The Web guide to Irish music and culture in and around the Quaker City

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Meet the New Philadelphia Mary of Dungloe

Meet the New Philadelphia Mary of Dungloe

Like many pageant winners, Brittney Lough was startled into tears when she heard the emcee pronounce her Philadelphia’s new “Mary from Dungloe” at the climax of the Donegal Association’s annual competition at the Irish Center.
But the miracle was, she heard it.


A Local Genealogist’s Top 10 Tips For The Beginner

Nancy Menton-Lyons can save you a lot of trouble. If you're really in the dark about how to start your search, let Nancy shed light on things.


Death, Where Is Thy Record?

Denise's newest addition to her list of superb Web-based genealogy resources.


Seamus Heaney: Rendering a Service to the Truth of Things

The soft-spoken Nobel laureate reads from his poems, including a few from his newest collection, "District & Circle," at the Free Library of Philadelphia. And he looks back on his life, loves, friends, relatives, the North, 9/11, and ... did he leave anything out?


Sligo-Style Fiddler Tony DeMarco

He wouldn't trade a night of Irish music for all the cannoli in Flatbush. DeMarco is scheduled to appear with uilleann piper Ivan Goff May 19 at the Irish Center.


Upcoming Events:

  • Colonial Highland Gathering. OK, so it's Scottish. Close enough. Besides, Irish bagpipe bands do compete there. (And just might win, too. You watch.) One of thebest displays of piping on the East Coast, and just about the closest to Philadelphia(Sat., May 20)
  • River Gathering. This is new! A day of traditional Irish music and dance at Palmyra Cove Environmental Center. (Sun., May 21)
  • Ceili Mor, featuring the Matt Cunningham Band from Headford, County Mayo, at the Knights of Columbus in Glenside (Mon., May 22)
  • Satharn na nGael. Learn to speak Irish. A whole Saturday devoted to total immersion in the mother tongue, sponsored by Daltaí na Gaeilge. (Sat., May 27)
  • First Annual Celtic Day at Peddler's Village. Music (and lots of it) food, storytelling and much more. (Sat., May 27)
  • AOH Notre Dame Division 1 Irish Festival. One of the most active AOH divisions in the region offers a weekend of fun in Mont Clare. ( Sat., June 3, and Sun., June 4)
  • Black 47, in concert in Sellersville (Sat., June 10)
  • Bloomsday, a celebration of Joyce, featuring readings from Ulysses by notable Philadelphians, held at the Rosenbach Museum & Library (Fri., June 16)
  • Uilleann piper Brian McNamara. In concert at the Coateville Cultural Center and sponsored by the Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series. This is one of the best venues for traditional Irish music in the Delaware Valley, and McNamara is one of the finest pipers on the planet. Visit the CTIMS Web site to hear three sound clips, and you'll see what we mean.

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