Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

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Book discussions, movie night, virtual brunch (it can be done) 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.

Birthdays A Week Around Today

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  • Our St. Patrick's Day Party goes online this year Saturday, March 13!
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  • Ready for some Irish movies? Don't want to go to a movie theater? Solas Nua presents 19 feature films and groups of shorts from March 4 - 14 that you can watch online at various times of your choosing. Check it out!

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Book Discussion Series

The book discussion club continues to turn pages. On its agenda are:

  • It's a Long Way from Penny Apples, by Bill Cullen (2004). A modern-day Horatio Alger story of redemption and overcoming adversity by one of the most famous self-made men in Ireland. To be discussed March 23.

  • Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy, both the novel and the movie. It's for discussion in April. The novel tells the tale of a group of friends in college in Dublin. All the ups and downs of university life are explored by this prolific writer. Passion, tragedy, and independence are themes woven through the story. It was originally released in 1990 and later became a hit film, also called Circle of Friends (1995). Binchy, who died in 2012, is considered one of Ireland's greatest modern writers." Other novels by her that are highly recommended are: Scarlet Feathers, The Lilac Bus, The Copper Beech, and Tara Road.

  • The Star and the Shamrock by Jean Grainger. "Kindertransport" was an effort by the British to provide a safe haven for Jewish children just prior to WWII. The book looks at one family's experience within this program in Northern Ireland. Slated for June discussion.

  • Registration is open. Every member who is interested in participating must sign up. Contact Sonja via her email as listed in our membership directory. Discussion sessions will be conducted via Zoom on designated Tuesdays; see our events calendar. Registered participants will get an email from Tom O. with connection instructions shortly before the discussion date. There will also be an outline of ideas to discuss. You have to acquire the books on your own. Good readings!

    Dance Class Announcement

    Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and our need to protect our members, the RKIDs Board of Directors regretfully has cancelled the Winter/Spring 2021 dance class semester.
    We will return to the dance floor!

    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.