Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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


Blarney Notice

In the December 4 Issue: fascinating Port Authority play, equally fascinating trip to Vietnam.

Calendar of EventsCalendar Notice

Our list of what's going on in the Maryland Irish set and ceili dance scene, plus a little more.

Dances for the Fall 2019 Semester

Beginners' Class   Experienced Class
done North Kerry  video
done Moycullen  video
done Merchant  video
done Antrim Square  video
done Clare Plain Set  video
done Paris  video
done Ballyvourney Jig  video
done Four-Hand Reel  video
done Clare Mazurka  video done Cashel  video
High Cauled Cap  video

done indicates a completed dance lesson, but may be periodically reviewed. First class will warm up with simple ceili dances, e.g., Siege of Carrick.

This lesson plan may change.

Dance Instructions

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Unless Noted, Classes are at Ridgeview Middle School

Class sessions

Beginners: 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm
Advanced: 8:05 pm - 9:00 pm

Check our Events Calendar for the Latest Info


Fall 2019 Semester

Date Notes
September 10
September 17
September 24 7 - 7:30: Annual Membership Meeting,  abbreviated dance class follows
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22 Gaithersburg High School cafeteria. Will review for the Saturday, Oct. 26 Blackthorn ceili.
October 29
November 5 Marilyn Moore substitutes
November 12
November 19
December 3
December 10 Mini-Ceili for last Fall class

Winter/Spring 2020 Semester

January 7  
January 14  
January 21  
January 28  
February 4  
February 11  
February 18 Marilyn Moore substitutes
February 25 Marilyn Moore substitutes
March 3 Pre-Blackthorn ceili review; Blackthorn ceili on Friday 3/6
March 10  
March 17 Mini-Ceili 
March 24  
March 31  
April 14  
April 21  
May 5  
May 12  
May 19 Mini-Ceili for last class

Quick Steps

Blackthorn Ceili

Joe, Billy and Matt
Billy McComiskey said it best, “This was magical,” after a rollicking evening of Irish set and ceili dancing at McCathran Hall on a recent Saturday evening in October. The Fall Blackthorn Ceili, organized and managed by Obie, featured three great musicians, Joe DeZarn (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion, including his classic Paolo Soprani instrument), Matt Mulqueen (keyboard), and the renowned caller, Marilyn Moore. Ceili Photos.

Tour of Guinness

Post-Tour Cheer
A goodly bunch of us toured the Guinness Open Gate Brewery near Baltimore. 'Twas a splendid time - a detailed tour of the operations, chance to taste some experimental brews and good eats in the restaurant. View our photo album.

View photos from our recent REELaxing at the Beach event. It was a blast! Thanks especially go to Marilyn O., Obie and all the fine hosts.

Labor Day 2019

The dances we practice are selected from popular MD-DC-VA ceili and set dance group lists as well as other sources. Learn more about us.