Celebrating St. Patrick's Day by Honoring the Irish!

By Shannon G Wed, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the all-things-Irish holiday, we are thrilled to announce that later this Spring, our very own President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon will be honored as one of 11 inspirational Irish women by the Society of Commodore John Barry (the Irish Center) and the Irish Immigration Center of Greater Philadelphia. The Inspirational Irish Women Award recognizes women of Irish descent in the Delaware Valley who have distinguished themselves in the areas of public and community services, business, charity, philanthropy and the arts.

In celebration of the award, the Irish Center and the Irish Immigration Center have commissioned artist Patrick Gallagher to create a series of portraits of inspirational Irish and Irish-American women from our region. The portraits will be unveiled on May 23 during a reception at the Irish Center and will remain on display in the Commodore Barry Room for several months. Congratulations to Siobhan and the rest of the women being honored!

And in the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, let’s talk about books by the Irish and Irish-Americans. Do you have any favorites? Last year, we mourned the death of one of the most well-known modern Irish-American authors, Frank McCourt. Listen here for podcasts from his visits to the Free Library for 'Tis and Teacher Man.
 


Comments

'The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849',Cecil Woodham-Smith. 'Trinity' Leon Uris These are two books about the Irish worth reading. Thank you for celebrating in an appropriate way.
Joseph Patrick - Philadelphia Wed, March 17, 2010
One of my favorite Irish authors is Oscar Wilde. The wit and social commentary of his plays are classic!
Camille T. - Free Library Thu, March 18, 2010
Institute Branch/Rittenhouse (and any other branches) re: staffing shortages and public notices My blood boils as my eyes spit lightening bolts (not really, I do have a life) when walking up to the library entrance only to encounter a "Sorry, closed....Staff shortage" sign. The closing is a minor inconvenience, but the "...shortage..." is another rubbing of one's nose in (expletive), the result of the times and the ineptitude of those in power. Until the sun shines brighter on our city's incredible literary gift, one means for easing the bitter surprise of unexpected closings is to take advantage of top-notch Free Library web site to get word out much as SEPTA does on there's. Meanwhile, may the powers that be exercise more creativity and muscle worthy the resource and joy of The Free Libraries of Philadelphia. Perhaps soliciting St. Patrick can get us on step closer.
greg - SoSo Tue, March 23, 2010
Institute Branch/Rittenhouse (and any other branches) re: staffing shortages and public notices My blood boils as my eyes spit lightening bolts (not really, I do have a life) when walking up to the library entrance only to encounter a "Sorry, closed....Staff shortage" sign. The closing is a minor inconvenience, but the "...shortage..." is another rubbing of one's nose in (expletive), the result of the times and the ineptitude of those in power. Until the sun shines brighter on our city's incredible literary gift, one means for easing the bitter surprise of unexpected closings is to take advantage of top-notch Free Library web site to get word out much as SEPTA does on there's. Meanwhile, may the powers that be exercise more creativity and muscle worthy the resource and joy of The Free Libraries of Philadelphia. Perhaps soliciting St. Patrick can get us one step closer.
greg - SoSo Tue, March 23, 2010

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