The Best Photos of 2014
We started out thinking ... how about choosing the top 25 photos of the year, our absolute favorites?

So much for that plan. We found too many favorites.

Also, we didn't think you'd mind.

It wouldn't be without all the pictures from the St. Patrick's Day parades and all the other events surrounding the big day. That's pretty much the time of year when our cameras run out of battery power. Or we do.

We could say that that's our busy time, but what we find is, a lot of times feel just as nuts.

We cover our fair share of Irish and Celtic festivals, even at the beginning of the summer, when the Penns Landing Irish Festival attracts pale-skinned Hibernians, desperately seeking shade and sun block. in the cold weather, we are inextricably drawn to the Mid-Winter Scottish and Irish Festival, if for no other reason to snap more pictures of the over-the-top tribal drum band Albannach. (That'll never get tired.) We were in Pennsypack Park. We were in Bristol. Wherever there's somebody beatin' a bodhran, we'll be there.

Benefits like "Dancing With the Stars" or Irish boxing night are always great attractions. No one with a camera can resist.

We witnessed the crowning of several young women chosen to represent the best of Philadelphia's Irish culture--including Maria Walsh, the city's first International Rose of Tralee.

A long time ago, some idiot reporter asked us what we were going to write about when we were done writing about shamrocks and beer.

After we smacked him silly ... OK, we never did that, but we thought about it. Anyway, here's how fascinating Philly's Irish community really is.

There was a weekend back in July when on Saturday down at the Irish Memorial on Front Street we covered an Indian dance troupe doing their take on Irish dance, and on Sunday we covered a protest by local Irish and Palestinians against the Israeli incursion into Gaza.

Music and dance is always big for us. The Philadelphia Ceili Group Festival in particular is a veritable photographic feast. It was a big year for several of our local under-18 musicians, who went on to kick butt at the Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland last summer, and they had their share of photo ops.

The Philadelphia Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) marked a huge milestone, unveiling their new field in Limerick.

We have a lot of friends, and we're always making new ones, and you'll see them here.

Anyway, forget 25. It doesn't do you justice.
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