Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

News about the RKIDs

November 5, 2018

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 RKIDs Events
The mini-ceili on Tuesday, October 30 drew a large crowd with three sets on the floor throughout the evening. The Gay Gordons kicked off the evening followed by the Bonfire, the Merchant Set, the Connemara Set, and ended with the Lancers. All of the dances were called by Larry with his usual humor and charm. At the break, the dancers feasted on the goodies brought by the members and artfully displayed on the table by Maura and Kate. Thanks to all for a great evening.
 Social Group
The Irish Identity class met on the third Wednesday in October at Tom and Sonja’s. Dan O’C facilitated the discussion about Michael Collins, the October Uprising, and the War of Independence. He passed out an annotated timeline as well as maps to help with the understanding of the history of Ireland. A job well done! Thanks, Dan. On November 14th, Judy will lead the discussion about James Joyce’s Ulysses, and she promises that it will be fun and done differently from before.  Meet at 7:15 pm at the O’Brien’s.
On the Stairs
at BlackRock
David O'Leary and Fans

On Friday, November 2 at the Blackrock Center for the Arts, Tri (pronounced “tree”), a group of three (hence, Tri) lively and talented singers with roots in Ireland, performed many of the faithful’s favorites like Danny Boy, The Irish Rover, and Galway Girl. The enthusiastic audience included Maddy, Bill, Marilyn O, Obie, Dan O’C, Tom, Sonja, Kathryn, Pat G, and Pat’s daughter, Debbie (a former RKID and now a performer with the Adult Group in the Culkin School), and Pat’s friend, Phyllis. Kate was feeling a little under the weather so she was only there in spirit. With their strong, melodic voices, the tenors crooned one song after another, including: Molly Malone, Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, The Town I Loved So Well, Galway Bay, Whiskey in the Jar, Wild Mountain Thyme (a/k/a Will Ye Go Lassie Go), Rocky Road to Dublin, and Almost Like Being In Love from Brigadoon.

Afterwards, some of the RKIDs had a chance to talk to one of them, David O’Leary, who said they had been together for about two years. In the parking lot, a few of us chatted with tenor Karl Scully. He said that the evening had been challenging because this time they had to work with a “pick-up band”, but they were impressed by how talented a band it was, since they had no time for rehearsal and had to sight-read the music throughout the concert.  Amazing to we non-music reading mortals.

They Meet Again
November’s First Saturday Brunch was held on the 3rd at the Woodside Deli in Germantown with Judy, Maura, Maddy, Bill, Bobbie, Tom, Sonja, and Marilyn O gathered around the table. Conversation subjects ranged from Ireland to Boscov’s, from Maura’s teaching assignment to Thanksgiving, and Halloween candy handout experiences. Oh yeah, we tackle the tough ones. Next one is on December 1. No reservation necessary. 10 am.
Cherish the Ladies
Extra Extra! Just added to the list of Social Events for the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers is "Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas." The date is Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 3 pm, and the venue is the Weinberg Arts Center in Frederick, MD. Tickets range in price from $20 - $35, plus $5 per order. See our events calendar for details. Ask anyone and they will tell you this is a great show!
Did you know that after our class on Tuesday, members are invited to gather at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg for fun and camaraderie? Everyone is invited. This past week Obie, Emmett, Robin, Chuck, and Maureen were there, but usually Marilyn O and Roger join the group as well. It varies each week, but your presence would be most welcomed. For details, talk to Obie.
A Visit to Mont-Saint-Michel
Emmett and his two grandsons, Connor and Braden, spent time this Fall in France where they saw all the major sites in Paris, including Napoleon’s Tomb and the military museums at the Invalides. Grand Dad rented a car for their visit to Normandy where they saw many of the D-Day sites along the coast, including a German artillery battery at Arromanches. To enhance their understanding of D-Day, Emmett made sure the boys saw The Longest Day beforehand. The whole trip was topped off with a drive out to Mont-Saint-Michel, which Emmett said was “awesome.”
They Collect Tours
of Capitols
Tail of the Serpent Mound
Marilyn and Obie hit the road again and headed west and south to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. They had two primary objectives: To see some Indian Mounds and to visit major Civil War sites, specifically Fort Donelson, Shiloh, and Vicksburg. They met their goals! Plus had a great time walking over the Roebling Bridge in Cincinnati, touring the state houses in Jackson and Montgomery, and having lunch with Evelyn and Tim in Moody, Alabama at Bluegrass Barbeque.
Bluegrass Barbeque Reunion
Birthday Girl
An RKIDs Board meeting is so much more fun when there is something to celebrate. At the October meeting, we hailed Kate’s birthday. Dan O’C brought a cake for everyone to enjoy and the cheers went up all around. Happy Birthday, Kate!
 Other News
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
(2nd from right)
Jim C's cousin, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (Kevin in US-speak), is a talented Irish 10-string fiddle musician who moves in interesting circles. Here is a photo of him with master violinist Martin Hayes (2nd from left) and the president of Ireland, Michael Higgins (3rd from left). Jim writes "... when I first met him about 20 years ago he was still learning the fiddle had dropped out of college and spent a great deal of time backpacking and camping in the more remote areas of Ireland. His grandmother Mary Kate was my Dad's sister and her husband Packy Reilly was my Dad's best friend in Ireland. They were rascals as young fellas they were know[n] to make poitin (moonshine)." Kevin's web page is at https://caoimhinoraghallaigh.com/ . Photo taken from The Gloaming