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Blarney Notice

Our Last Edition for 2021: annual Christmas party, Movie night, LaHinch dinner, Anniversary news.

Calendar of EventsCalendar Notice

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

  • On Wednesday January 26 the Book Club discusses the Ireland-set murder mystery, In the Woods, from the safety of their homes via Zoom.
  • Out of an abundance of concern due to the latest Covid issues and Montgomery County School restrictions, the start of Winter/Spring dance classes has been postponed. Tentatively, the semester now will start on February 8. Keep watching this space for updates.

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

In the Woods
by Tana French
Date: Wednesday January 26, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The plot of the novel circles around the murder of a twelve-year-old girl, Katy Devlin, whose case Rob and his partner Cassie Maddox are assigned to investigate. The body is found in the same woods where Rob's friends disappeared, at an archaeological dig site; and the coincidence is enough to make Rob nervous, though he insists to his partner that he is fine. (Wikipedia) The is a long book (464 pages),but comes highly recommended by several members of the Book Club. It is the first in a series known as the Dublin Murder Squad.
Discussion Questions
Contact: Sonja or Marilyn O.
A Star Called Henry
by Roddy Doyle
Date: Wednesday February 23, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This book describes the early years of Henry Smart's adventure-filled life in early 20th century Ireland. Readers will get caught up in the fight for a free Ireland as did Henry at the age of 14. (Must-Read Books of 2021)
Contact: Sonja
Reader's Choice
by You Pick
Date: Wednesday March 23, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
We will have a Book Chat - an open book discussion. Instead of us reading the same book, this will be a chance for you to read a book of your own choice and report to the group about it. It may or may not have an Irish theme. You will have about 3 minutes to share. Here is some information you could consider sharing with the group.
  1. Title
  2. Author and bio information
  3. Date published
  4. Type of book-novel, history, biography, etc.
  5. Main theme/plot
  6. Style-which person, narrative, point of view, etc.
  7. Time and place
  8. Why you liked/didn't like it
  9. Other books by the author
  10. Is there a movie based on it?
  11. Recommended for men, women, adults, children?
  12. Photos, illustrations
Contact: Sonja
More About This: Pick what you want from the above list and feel free to add to the list. Zoom link will be sent out by Tom.
The Pull of the Stars
by Emma Donoghue
Date: Wednesday April 27, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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
The Celtic World (video)
by Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday June 22, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. It is in three parts, covering 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. We will shown each part on Zoom on June 22, July 27 and August 24.
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 July 27, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. It's the second of three parts, covering 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
This is a video from the Great Courses series, and is in the RKIDs library. We will show it via Zoom. It's the last of three parts, covering 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 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.

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.