Ring of Kerry

Irish Dancers

Our 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Irish folk dance classes in Montgomery County, Maryland are taught by the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers. A great recreational activity, Irish dancing provides aerobic exercise in a welcoming social setting. For prospective new members, the first class is free!
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In the summer edition: our 30th anniversary, the Harriett Tubman Underground Railroad, musical performances, Celts and more.

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


Quick Steps

If you'd like to join us but aren't interested in going to dance class, download our annual membership form below. Please fill it in and mail it with your dues and other supporting required information to the address shown on the form. Please note our current restriction on in-person gatherings due to the pandemic. More about membership.

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Lending Library

Check out the interesting reads and media you can borrow from our library for members.

Book Discussions

Book Discussion Club registration is open. Every member who is interested in participating may sign up. Contact Sonja via her email as listed in our membership directory. Discussion sessions will be conducted via Zoom on designated Wednesdays; see our events calendar. Registrants will get an email from Tom O. with connection instructions shortly before each discussion date. There will also be an outline of ideas to discuss. You have to acquire the books on your own. Enjoy the readings! On the soon-to-review agenda is:

 

Upcoming Readings (click here)

Reading  List

The Celtic World (video)
by Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday July 13, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. The series covers events from the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to Irish saints who took on the traits of Celtic deities, get to know the real Celts.
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)
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The Celtic World (video)
by Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday July 27, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. The series covers events from the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to Irish saints who took on the traits of Celtic deities, get to know the real Celts.
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)
More About This: Info about this Video
The Celtic World (video)
by Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday August 10, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. The series covers events from the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to Irish saints who took on the traits of Celtic deities, get to know the real Celts.
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)
More About This: Info about this Video
The Celtic World (video)
by Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday August 24, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. The series covers events from the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to Irish saints who took on the traits of Celtic deities, get to know the real Celts.
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)
More About This: Info about this Video
The Celtic World (video)
by Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday September 14, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
This is the last video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. The series covers events from the warriors who nearly defeated Julius Caesar to Irish saints who took on the traits of Celtic deities, get to know the real Celts.
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)
More About This: Info about this Video
The Pull of the Stars
by Emma Donoghue
Date: Wednesday September 28, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented 1918 world step two outsiders, Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumored Rebel on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. (Goodreads)
Contact: Sonja
More About This: Date and selection are tentative

Recommended Readings

Books endorsed by our discussion club members, ordered by title, author and who recommends it.  You might find you like them, too.  

Apeirogon: A Novel by Colum McCann (Kate R.)
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (Barb)
The Blessing Way: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel [Book 1 in a series] (Sonja)
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (Maura)
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (Marilyn O.)
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede (Jean Wds.)
An Elephant in My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival by Francoise Malby-Anthony with Katja Willemsen (Bill)
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger (Tom)
The Green Road by Anne Enright (Barb)
How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel[Book 9 in a series] by Louise Penny (Mary Ann)
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Mary Ann)
The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist by Dorothy Day (Marie V.)
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (Kate M.)
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History & Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman (Jim Ke.)
The President and the Freedom Fighter by Brian Kilmeade (Tom & Connie)
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Maura)
Wish You Were Here: A Novel by Jodi Picoult (Robin)

The Irish of Dupont Circle

Sixteen of us joined Maribeth Oakes as she led us on a tour of how the Irish have contributed to American history and culture, or are otherwise honored with statuary in the Dupont Circle area. Enjoy a look at the tour photos.

Singing Along
Rundown of Recent Major Club Events

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.