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Blarney Notice

Our May edition: Irish Polar Bears. Winter Sowing. Game of Catan. And 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.

  • Feeling rusty about those 7's and 3's, and thinking you might benefit from taking Irish dance classes? The McTeggart Irish Dancers offer online weekly ceili and solo step classes via Zoom, with May and June sessions forming. The fee is $44.06 per set of four Monday evening classes. Enroll here. Thanks to Evelyn R. for this tip.
  • The Book Discussion Group talked about Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends at its last meeting, and on Tuesday May 25 the movie version will be shown. We'll discuss the differences between the novel and the movie. If you signed up for the first discussion, you are signed up for this event.

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In Memory of Sean Coakley

Obie has written a touching memorial to Sean Coakley, a former member of the RKIDs who recently died. Read it here. More stories about the RKIDs and members who have passed on can be found here.

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:

  • Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy, both the novel and the movie. It was discussed on May 4, and the movie will be shown using Zoom on May 25, so we can compare that against the book. 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. 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. 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!

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    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.