Save the date for the 112TH Annual Mayo Ball on November 4th, 2017 at The Irish Center, 6815 Emlen Street, Philadelphia PA 19119.

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Congratulations to our own, Theresa Flanagan Murtagh, who was just elected the first woman president of The Philo.

When Delaware County attorney Theresa Flanagan Murtaugh recently took office as the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute’s 77th president, she made history. Founded in 1850, the Philo in its early years had priests as presidents and since 1870 has been headed by laymen.

Murtaugh is the first woman to head the Philo and looking at her resume she is more than up to the task.

She is a board member of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, a member of Legatus, a member of the committee for the Archbishop’s Christmas Benefit, secretary for the Riddle Hospital/Main Line Health Foundation and a board member of the Irish American Business Chamber of Commerce.

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IABCN Board Member & Wawa’s Cultural Ambassador, Harry McHugh, Addresses the Donegal Society

Above: Harry McHugh with Frank McDonnell, President of the Donegal Society, in the Library of the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center

By Marita Krivda Poxon, Irish Edition

Harry McHugh, 73, Galway-born retired executive at Wawa Inc., spoke to members of the Donegal Association of Philadelphia who crowded the dining room of the Irish Center on Sunday, April 23. He was introduced by the association’s president, Frank McDonnell, who knew the speaker’s life story would be riveting after having met McHugh at an Irish Studies event given at Villanova University.

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Irish (The) and Ireland
By William E. Watson

Contacts between the Philadelphia region and Ireland began in the late seventeenth century, shortly after the creation of Penn’s colony. Long a part of the urban fabric of Philadelphia, Irish Catholics endured nativist assaults of the Bible Riots of 1844 and did not see one of their own become mayor until  James H. J. Tate, who served from 1962 to 1972. By the twenty-first century, the Irish continued to exert significant cultural and political influence in the region, especially in South and Northeast Philadelphia and in surrounding suburban counties.

See reference below to the Irish Chamber.

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