Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

News about the RKIDs

October 7, 2019

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REELaxing at the Beach

2019 Edition

Liz Makes the
Perfect Cup
of Irish Coffee

The 4th Annual REELaxing at the Beach Weekend, a huge success by all accounts, provided time for learning how to make authentic Irish Coffee courtesy of Liz and learning to fish for bass with Kevin ...

Jim and Maureen Ke.
Warm it Up at
the Big Chill
... happy hour conviviality ...
The Crew at
the Bethany Boathouse
Raise a Cheer

The Weekend Survivors On the O’Brien’s Deck

Diane Holds Photo of the 2017 Gathering

Pointing to Where
the Faithful Steward

... visiting a museum devoted to shipwrecks, including the Faithful Steward ...

DiscoverSea Museum:
Gold Ingots from a
photo courtesy of Bill M.
Haymaker's Jig
Siege Of Ennis

... dancing Everyman's Chance and more (courtesy of DJ Tom and caller Kate) ...


... and playing games like Farkle (led by Professor Dan O, the Rules Explainer), Mexican Train, the intricate Mah Jongg (taught by Marilyn W., ably assisted from Mary Ann and Liz), devouring delicious dinners and breakfasts, and more.

Mexican Train

While these photos tell some of the story, there are many more in our online album.

 Irish Activities
Eimear Atkins and
Eilieen Gannon
Obie, Robin and Emmett
The 2019 CCE Irish Folk Festival, held in Fairfax, Virginia, this past weekend, exhibited some of the finest Irish music and dancing that the extended DC area has to offer. Several RKIDs were there to soak up all the delightful tunes and steps: Emmett, Robin, Obie, Marilyn O, Chuck, Maureen Ke, Roger, Linda, David D. and Connie. Our instructor, Larry, was also there dancing some sets, selling sandwiches, and hawking some Irish beers. According to Marilyn O, there were “several highlights, including lofty, airy tunes from Eimear Arkins (harp) and Eileen Gannon (fiddle, vocals), haunting acapella steps from The District Irish Dance Academy, lively, traditional music from Andrew Caden (fiddle) and Zan McLeod (guitar), entertaining, flawless set dancing by the GWCC, and the culminating performance of When New York Was Irish by The Winch Family Band.” It was a great opportunity to experience an afternoon of Irish culture right here in our own neighborhood. Congratulations to the CCE and Tina Eck, the chief organizer of the event, for bringing together the best of the best.
Port Authority
Join your RKIDs friends at a production of Port Authority, a tale of lives and loves that might have been for three generations of Dublin men. Written by Conor McPherson, this play is considered his best and will be performed at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda from October 25 – November 17. For more information and to order tickets, go to writer.org and follow instructions for ordering tickets or click here. Jack, Obie and Marilyn O. will be attending on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:00. Please let Marilyn O. know by email or the signup sheet at class if you plan to go. A dinner following the play is being planned. Stay tuned.
Maddy, Bill and Brian made the long drive to the EIC's first ceili of this Fall at the Atlantic Ballroom in Towson. Peter Fitzgerald's All Stars band again performed the lively jigs and reels that caller Linda McHale Poggi needed for the big dance. EIC, First Tuesday Club and GWCC ceilis are listed on our calendar.
At Spanish Point
with Joanie Madden

If you read Blarney often, you know that Kathryn does not sit still for long. The summer of 2019 proved no different. A couple of the highlights were trips to Ireland with Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies and England with Road Scholar. On the Emerald Isle she traveled through the Wicklow Mountains then on to the Rock of Cashel, Kinsale, Garnish Island, the Beara Peninsula, Killarney, and Spanish Point and the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare. In England she attended a conference about the Treaty of Versailles, called Remembering the Great War, and stayed at St. Hugh’s College which was founded in 1886 as a college for women. Both adventures were exciting and educational.

 Other News
Break Time for Judy
Between Classes

According to its website, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University was created in 1986 with this mission:

To enhance the leisure time of semi-retired and retired individuals.

Several RKIDs have taken them at their word and now attend various classes offered at the Osher facility off Key West Hwy, or Rosborough Hall in Asbury Methodist Village, or at Ingleside in King Farm. These RKIDs also gather at lunch time to discuss their classes and catch up with each person’s news. Here is a collective list of classes that club-mates Nancy, Dan M., Judy, Mary Ann, Kathryn, Bob, Obie and Marilyn O. and Jack are currently taking, not all attending the same ones:

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne and James Joyce;
  • Sacred & Secular (kind of a fusion of art, music, poetry);
  • Europe 1919-1939 (events leading up to WWII);
  • Biblical Wisdom;
  • Sex in the Cinema (woo hoo!);
  • The French Revolution;
  • Can the Democrats Pick a Winner by Eleanor Cliff;
  • Oceanography;
  • The Caravaggio Revolution;
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal law;
  • Computer Topics;
  • Irish Fiction and Films;
  • The Sounds of Old Russia;
  • Africa: The Sleeping Giant;
  • Supreme Indifference – The Myth of American Democracy;
  • Medicine – Advances in Health Research and Treatment;
  • Your Brain and Your World;
  • Global Diplomatic Hotspots;
  • The West in Crisis;
  • End of the Democratic Age.