Céad Míle Fáilte
A lot of us claim Irish heritage, but even if you don’t, the Irish Center opens its arms to you. Let us share our vibrant culture and take advantage of our many facilities—including our spacious and elegant ballroom. And join in the exciting activities sponsored by the many groups and organizations that make the Irish Center their home.
Irish Center Super Fundraiser Winner Announced
Congratulations to Ray Wittekind who was the grand prize winner of this year’s Super Fundraiser raffle. Ray’s winning ticket was drawn at the celebration party held on Saturday night, July 16.
Last Words Booklet Commemorates Ireland’s Heroes of 1916
Last Words is an illustrated and edited booklet produced in cooperation with the Irish Government in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion, The Rising, in Dublin, Ireland in 1916.
Based on the personal archives kept by the curator of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, it contains black and white photographs of all 16 men executed during The Rising and their last words.
It also contains readings from personal diaries, letters, first-hand recollections and first-hand accounts of family members, friends, wives and the priests who performed the Last Rites of the 16 men executed in the aftermath of this historic event.
The booklet was produced in conjunction with a March 20th commemorative event at the Irish Center in Mt. Airy, “Philadelphia Artists and Actors Remember 1916 in Art & Words.” The event was made possible by a grant from the Irish Government and Irish American Business Chamber Network, IABCN.
The Philadelphia area is up to its eyebrows in O’Briens and Ryans and Sheehans and Meehans, and all manner of people with Irish last names. For that matter, a lot of us boast Irish heritage, even if our last names happen to be Fiore, Filipowski or Fenstermacher.
So here’s the point: if you have Irish in you, we here at the Irish Center open our arms to you. Consider the Irish Center your own little bit of Ireland here in Philly.
The Irish Center serves as the home for any number of Irish organizations and societies, including the Philadelphia Ceili Group, Danny Browne AOH Division 80, and the Cummins School of Irish Dance. Lessons in Irish music and dance for adults and children are held weekly. A traditional Irish music session is held most Friday evenings. We even show broadcasts of Gaelic sports, live from Ireland.
No matter who you are, no matter where your people hail from, as they say in the Irish language: Céad míle fáilte—a hundred thousand welcomes.