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March 15, 2007 | By Helen I. Hwang FOR THE INQUIRER
nee O'Donnell - of Downingtown never saw herself as a stage mother for three very competitive Irish step dancers. But that's what she became as her three children - Cassidy, 15; Ian, 12; and Owen, 8 - took their mother's love of Irish culture and dance and adopted it as their own. Step dancing is a traditional Irish folk dance that combines fancy footwork, high jumps and rapid-fire rhythm. The two eldest Luebbers children are headed to the 2007 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in April.
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March 13, 2000 | David Maialetti / Daily News
The Drums go bang and the cymbals clang ... and it was pretty cold for the Saint Patrick's Day Parade on the Parkway yesterday. Among the groups who performed for the crowd was the Coyle School of Irish Dance, whose members include Elizabeth Buhager, 6, of Marlton, N.J. The curly-haired lass found that if she kept moving, it kept the chill off. At left, Mary McGurk of Center City is dressed warmly for the occassion ...
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May 17, 2007 | By Lisa Kraus FOR THE INQUIRER
If you have a teenage Celtic-culture fanatic at home who seeks out Irish dance and music on YouTube, and anywhere else she can find it, you'll know that Riverdance, now at the Academy of Music, has gone through several incarnations, touring the world for 12 years to rapturous acclaim. Its squadrons of ultraprecise championship dancers, with their Olympian ability to execute umpteen taps a second in hard-shoe jigs, captivate with their life-affirming vigor. Through slides, song lyrics, and spoken narrative, Riverdance tells of the Irish connection to land and sea and the challenges of emigration.
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March 11, 2013 | By Karie Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
The second oldest parade in the country will make its 243d march in Philadelphia on Sunday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a week ahead of time. The parade has been a tradition since 1771 and typically occurs on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, except when the holiday falls on a Sunday, said Bob Gessler, president of the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association. About 20,000 people will march from 16th Street and JFK Boulevard at 12 p.m. down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in this year's parade, including 180 groups and organizations such as the D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Timoney Irish Dancers, Cairdeas Irish Brigade, Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance, Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, and Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band.
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May 21, 1999 | By Shannon O'Boye, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Come to the city's waterfront tomorrow for some good Irish craic. There promises to be plenty of craic - the Gaelic word for fun - to go around from noon to 6 p.m. at the third annual Celtic River Festival at Proprietor's Park on King Street. The event will feature all things Irish: Irish dance, Irish music, Irish sing-alongs, Irish storytelling, Irish crafts, a model of an ancient Irish ship, and Harp - an Irish beer. "There will be a picnic area right on the river," said Kathy Gorman, one of the event coordinators.
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March 13, 2006 | By Joel Bewley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The luck of the Irish overcame the damp of the day for Philadelphia's 236th annual St. Patrick's Day parade. More than 150 groups marched through wet downtown streets, celebrating Irish music, dance and culture. The parade began at Washington Avenue and Broad Street, made its way up and around City Hall, and ended at 22d Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Here is a look at the parade through the eyes those who attended. Irish eyes don't just smile The parade once again served as a family reunion for the family of Brian McGuire, 40, who has been coming since he was a toddler.
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February 10, 1997 | By Bridget Eklund, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
What's the difference between an Irishman and a Scotsman? According to Bill Reid, not that much. "They're Celtic cousins," he says. This weekend, festival promoter Reid - who is of Scottish descent and married to an Irish woman - brought together kilt-clad clans and Irish lads and lasses for a family reunion of sorts. The occasion was the fifth annual Scottish and Irish Music Festival and Fair, a midwinter celebration melding the lands' heritages, music, crafts and culture.
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May 14, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thomas M. Moffit, 79, of Southwest Philadelphia, an accordionist, a bandleader, and host of an Irish music radio program, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday, May 11, at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. For more than 30 years until retiring three years ago, Mr. Moffit led the Tommy Moffit Band, performing at Irish festivals and in clubs. On Sundays from 1974 to 2006, he hosted an Irish hour on WTMR-AM (800). He played traditional Irish music and shared information about events in the Irish community.
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July 14, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she was going to be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
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March 11, 2013 | By Karie Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
The second oldest parade in the country will make its 243d march in Philadelphia on Sunday in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, a week ahead of time. The parade has been a tradition since 1771 and typically occurs on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, except when the holiday falls on a Sunday, said Bob Gessler, president of the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association. About 20,000 people will march from 16th Street and JFK Boulevard at 12 p.m. down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in this year's parade, including 180 groups and organizations such as the D.C. Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Timoney Irish Dancers, Cairdeas Irish Brigade, Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance, Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, and Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band.
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October 29, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
AT FIRST, the family of Agnes C. Burke was a little embarrassed to see her outside every day sweeping the sidewalk at 29th and Tasker streets, in Grays Ferry. But they soon realized that the task gave Agnes tremendous satisfaction. Not only was she keeping the neighborhood where she had lived all her life free of what seemed a never-ending accumulation of trash and grit, but she met and communicated with passers-by and made a social occasion of the job. Agnes performed this labor from age 65 to 95, ignoring summer heat or the bitter cold of winter.
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August 26, 2011 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
On Saturday, old-school hip-hop legends, entertainers, and community leaders will gather in West Philadelphia for Mantua Community Improvement Center's seventh annual Mantua Family Day, focusing on improving the lives of neighbors, bringing the community together, and pledging to support youth. The free event also will promote nutrition awareness and celebrate the launch of a youth academy. Seven hours of activities begin at noon near 34th Street and Mantua Avenue, including a hip-hop legends concert, carnival, horseback riding, clowns, moon bouncing, and games.
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November 29, 2010 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
When your great-granduncle is the man many consider a godfather of Irish dance in the United States, a sloppy slip-jig is out of the question. So 11-year-old Olivia Tuma of Merion Station twirled, kicked, and tapped Sunday on a stage at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown with such precision that even a bump from a high-stepping competitor couldn't break her concentration. "I didn't run into her, she ran into me," Tuma said as she bent down to kiss her uncle, Peter Smith, the 80-something cofounder of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America.
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May 14, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thomas M. Moffit, 79, of Southwest Philadelphia, an accordionist, a bandleader, and host of an Irish music radio program, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Tuesday, May 11, at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. For more than 30 years until retiring three years ago, Mr. Moffit led the Tommy Moffit Band, performing at Irish festivals and in clubs. On Sundays from 1974 to 2006, he hosted an Irish hour on WTMR-AM (800). He played traditional Irish music and shared information about events in the Irish community.
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April 11, 2009 | By Kia Gregory INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the lobby of the Kimmel Center, dancer Charaina Kelly, her hair a mass of blond curls, was panting, a light sweat shining on her forehead. Dressed in a turquoise and black dress, her face sparkling with turquoise eye shadow and fuschia lipstick, Kelly had just finished a heavy jig in the senior girls competition of the World Irish Dance Championships. "I'm happy with it," Kelly, 24, with an accent by way of Belfast, said of her performance. "I love the competition, just the buzz of having done well.
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May 17, 2007 | By Lisa Kraus FOR THE INQUIRER
If you have a teenage Celtic-culture fanatic at home who seeks out Irish dance and music on YouTube, and anywhere else she can find it, you'll know that Riverdance, now at the Academy of Music, has gone through several incarnations, touring the world for 12 years to rapturous acclaim. Its squadrons of ultraprecise championship dancers, with their Olympian ability to execute umpteen taps a second in hard-shoe jigs, captivate with their life-affirming vigor. Through slides, song lyrics, and spoken narrative, Riverdance tells of the Irish connection to land and sea and the challenges of emigration.
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