Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

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Blarney Notice

Keeping fit in a pandemic with John O'Groats, reading about an Irish automobile sales mogul, and much more.

Calendar of EventsCalendar Notice

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

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  • Maryland Public Television is presenting "Ireland County by County," a 30 minutes per show series, hosted by Ciara Whelan. It is broadcast each day at different times. It's part of the MPT2 Create series. The shows are being aired there through April 18. Check your local listings; it's on channel 478 on Verizon cable, Comcast channel 799. It's also on YouTube. Unfortunately only the standard definition-formatted version is being broadcast, but it's well worth watching.
  • The Book Discussion group has an open-mike session on April 20. Talk about any book you like!

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Lending Library

New to the site is our library of books and other media for lending to members. Check out the interesting reads and views you can ... check out!

Book Discussions

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

  • What book have you read that you'd like to tell us about, whether you liked it or not? At the meeting on April 20, take about three minutes to review it. An Irish theme is not required for your book selection.

  • Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy, both the novel and the movie. It's for discussion on May 4, then the movie will be shown using Zoom on May 25. 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. Questions to think about while you read it.

  • 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. To be discussed on June 15

  • 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 Tuesdays; see our events calendar. Registrants 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.