Ring of Kerry

Irish Dancers

Labor Day 2022

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

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Dances for the Winter-Spring 2023 Semester



Dances Currently Being Taught are Shaded in Light Green   

  Main Class
Antrim Square  video
Ballyvourney Jig  video
The Black Valley  video
done Four-Hand Reel  video
Moycullen  video
Sliabh Luachra  video
Spanish Waltz  video
done Stack of Barley

If you'd like to join us but aren't interested in going to dance class, download our annual membership form below. Please fill in the first two pages and mail it with your dues and other supporting required information to the address shown on it. 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

Every member who is interested in participating may sign up for this group. 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 talk about. You have to acquire the books on your own; we'll display the videos when books aren't on tap. On the soon-to-review agenda is:

 

Upcoming Readings and Viewings (click here)

Reading  List

The Celtic World (video)
by Jennifer Paxton
Date: Wednesday February 8, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
This is the last two lectures in this series, which 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. Session titles are "Celtic Music and Dance" and "The Celts Today."
Contact: Sonja (for content info), Tom (for Zoom setup help)
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In Praise of the Bees
by Kristin Gleeson
Date: Wednesday February 22, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
TBA Full title: In Praise of the Bees: A literary historical novel of Medieval Ireland
Contact: Sonja
The Irish Nanny
by Sandy Taylor
Date: Wednesday March 22, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
TBA
Contact: Sonja
We Don't Know Ourselves
by Fintan O'Toole
Date: Wednesday April 26, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
Description is TBA. Full book title is We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland. To be discussed in two monthly sessions.
Contact: Sonja
We Don't Know Ourselves
by Fintan O'Toole
Date: Wednesday May 31, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
Description is TBA. Full book title is We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland. To be discussed in two monthly sessions (this is the second session).
Contact: Sonja
Transatlantic
by Colum McCann
Date: Wednesday June 28, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
TBA
Contact: Sonja
First Crossing: Transatlantic Flight
by Robert O. Harder
Date: Wednesday September 27, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
TBA - Full title is First Crossing: The Transatlantic Flight of Alcock and Brown
Contact: Sonja
Condemned to Death
by Cora Harrison
Date: Wednesday October 25, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Zoom - Online
TBA
Contact: Sonja

Recommended Readings

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

Christmas Party 2022

The annual Christmas Party at the O'Brien's went off splendidly with copious food, much singing-along, and entertainment by Willie, David D., Toni, David M. and Kathy. Irish Coffee by Roger. Marilyn O. read the Night Before Christmas with the traditional gift swapping ring, but this year, the story ended with everyone holding their gifts! What were the odds, with nearly 40 people in the ring? Well, she quickly read "the" back cover, and then "the" gifts were more evenly distributed. Here's a snippet of the sing along:

Back to the Blackthorn

October 29 marked the long-awaited (since March of 2021) return of the Blackthorn Ceili! The theme was Halloween, the location McCathran Hall, and the music was fabulously performed by Joe DeZarn,Tina Eck, and Zan McLeod, with Larry Frank calling. Obie O'Brien organized it with support from Marilyn and a host of volunteers. Take a look at clips of some of the dances, such as the Merchant, the elegant Waltz Cotillion, the social Siege of Ennis, and the ever-popular Clare Lancers set:

Big, We Mean Big!

Rundown of Other Major Club Events

A quick look at some of our larger-scale activities.


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.