Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

preserving the cultural tradition of Irish ceili and set dancing since 1991

News about the RKIDs

January 24, 2018

 Social Group

Skylark at Lahinch

Skylark and Step Dancers
Before the Music Started

It was a night; oh what a night it was; it really was ... 19 RKIDs and friends gathered at Lahinch Tavern and Grill in Potomac. for TRAD NIGHT on Friday, January 19. Obie ran around and found seats for everyone as new people arrived every few minutes. By 8:30, we had all settled in to listen to the tunes of Skylark (Sean, Elise, and Zan). Some of the RKIDs did figures from the North Kerry Set, 4-Hand Reel, the Ballyvourney Jig, and the Merchant Set. They kicked up their heels almost as high as the two step dancers from the Culkin School. In addition to Obie, the other members who enjoyed the evening full of friendship and fun were: Emmett, Robin, Kathryn, Marilyn O, Maddy, Bill, Tom, Sonja, Maureen, Chuck, Linda, Jean, Joe, Evan, Sandy, (and daughter Jesse), Bob, and Marie V.  We’re going back on January 26 to hear Jesse Winch, Brian Coakley, and Martin McCann. Hope you can join in.

Maureen, Joe, Chuck and Jean
On the Dance Floor
The Abbey Theater
Sign at Lahinch Tavern

The Irish Identity class will meet next on Wednesday February 21. We will be watching the DVDs we had planned to watch in January.

Touring in Clifden,
Co. Galway
Several people have signed up to attend the first planning meeting for the next RKID journey to Ireland, which will take place on Monday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 at the O’Brien’s. No plans have yet been made. At this meeting we will try to determine when, where, and with whom (tour company) we want to travel. Sign up at class or contact Marilyn O. if you are interested. All attendees should bring their 2018 and 2019 calendars, a list of places they would like to visit, and some suggestions for tour guides. So far we have Margarita, John the Driver, and Matt Cunningham.
 About Town
Go Terps!

As mentioned before in Blarney, several members of the RKIDs are also University of Maryland Women's Basketball Booster Club members and season ticket holders: Michelle, Mary B, Obie, Bob, and Marilyn O. At the recent huge upset over Ohio State (99-69) on Monday, Jan. 22, a couple other members showed up: Christine and Robin. They all had a great time cheering on the team and waving their red glow sticks.

Always On the Go

Kevin and Liz rarely sit still. They are now on a cruise and when they return they will be heading for their winter quarters in Florida.

At St. Martin
Tom and Sonja had an “awesome” cruise in the Caribbean. They loved the time to relax and enjoy the ocean breezes. They met lots of people and enjoyed the classes and entertainment.
Emma and Jerry took off for a six-week stay in Mexico. They will be visiting her relatives and enjoying the nice weather.
Closed Shades and Locked Doors
One of our own has published a book and it is now available via Amazon.com for Kindle readers. Closed Shades and Locked Doors: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with her Adult Child with Mental Illness by Evelyn Roebuck is her account of events mainly during 2017. It was during this time that her daughter’s mental illness burst open. While she was busy selling cookbooks, Evelyn was dealing with a great deal of sadness and anxiety at home. It’s heart-breaking. This beautiful, loving person has shared her soul in this book. A hard copy will be available soon.
Lady Bird’s senior year in high school is tumultuous to say the least. In the movie Lady Bird, starring Saoirse Ronan, viewers watch her difficult relationship with her mother, her encounters with boyfriends, and her decision making process. It has nothing to do with President Johnson’s wife who also was known as Lady Bird. Ronan, raised in Ireland, has received an Oscar nomination for her role in the movie; the director, Greta Gerwig, has as well; and Laurie Metcalf has also received a nomination for best supporting actress. “All three deserve an Oscar,” declared Marilyn O.