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.
The Thursday night Contra Dance takes place in the Ballroom.
Second Friday of the month Ceili, with recorded music by John Shields.
The Philadelphia Swing Dance Society sponsors their delayed Procrastinators New Year’s Dance. (The sponsors of these events have a non-alcoholic policy).
Music in the Fireside Room with John Shields.
Fundraising events coming in March
Sunday, March 19, 3:00PM
The Irish Center sponsors the Tony Kenny Irish Celebration Show. Tickets will be available on-line shortly. (This is a change in the originally scheduled date).
Friday, March 31, 8:30PM
The Irish Country Kings, featuring Mick Flavin, John Hogan, and Susan Corbett, come to the Irish Center for a night of dancing in the Ballroom
Mark the calendar for these events in March
Saturday, March 18
The Tony Kenny Saint Patrick’s Day Show
Friday, March 31
A night of social dancing with Ireland’s Country Kings: John Hogan, Mick Flavin and Susan Gillespie Corbett
Contra Dance is held in the Ballroom every Thursday at 7:30 PM
Irish Center News
A local company, Character Productions, is now producing several Irish Themed Philadelphia based projects for Irish TV and Public Television . The producer/host of Character Productions is Bob Charger, formerly with CBS radio in Philadelphia. The company is producing several Irish themed documentaries and shows for Public Television (some national, some regional). They are currently in post production/editing of a highly anticipated and thoroughly entertaining Irish Philadelphia Feature Length documentary (18 months of production) and Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day TV Special. Both will be ready in early 2017. They are also shooting an Irish Themed TV Pilot for an episodic series ( 6 episodes) on The Irish Presence in The Delaware Valley and a TV special on Duffy’s Cut.
Character Productions has been to the Irish Center on several occasions conducting interviews with members, in addition to the interviews that have taken place around the Delaware Valley.
Character Productions is hosting an information meeting this Sunday, December 4 at 11:00AM in The Irish Center. The meeting is directed toward business, social, and civic organizations who can help to underwrite and support the efforts of Character Productions.
I have included a film trailer below that features comments from some of the people who have been interviewed.
The shareowners of the Commodore Barry Club have voted to approve the transfer of the club to a new 501c3, federal tax deductible organization, to be known as The Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center. The details will be finalized in the near future.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to this year’s inductees to The Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame: John Egan, Seamus Boyle, Tom and Sarah Walsh, and Norbert McGettigan
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.