Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

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IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Jody Marshall on hammered dulcimer and keyboards, and Jim Queen, singer, fiddler, banjoist and guitarist, will perform as a duo at the Swift Run Celtic House Concerts.
Date: Saturday July 31, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:Fairfax Station, VA
Details:Bring a lawn chair. Suggested donation $20. ATTENDEES MUST SHOW PROOF OF BEING FULLY VACCINATED (phone photos/copies are acceptable). Concert will also be live streamed for a cost of $5 and may be ordered at Iona Music.
Contact: For reservations & directions: Purchase Tickets or call (703) 426-1450 or send an email

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: RKIDs' Board of Directors Meeting will be held via Zoom remote conferencing.
Date: Tuesday August 3, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location:Videoconference
Details:
This directors' meeting is open to current RKIDs members. Organization
Contact: Kate (meeting agenda) or Bill (meeting URL)

GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from July 8 to August 26, 2021. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on July 29 and August 26 (donation suggested for the musicians).
Date: Thursday August 5, 2021
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Pilgrim Hills Local Park, 1615 E. Randolph Rd, Colesville, MD 20904
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell. $32 for 8 classes, both beginner and advanced for one price. Flyer
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required to participate.
Contact: email or website

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
What: Goderich Celtic Roots festival. A two-day outdoor festival with 5 stages showcasing the best of Celtic music, dance, and art, all in the beautiful setting of Goderich, Ontario.
Dates From and To: Friday August 6, 2021 to Saturday August 7, 2021
Time: various
Location:Goderich, Ontario
Details: Musicians include RUNA and Cherish the Ladies.
Contact: Website

Dublin Ohio Irish Festival
What: While there will not be a full Festival in Coffman Park this summer, there will be city-wide celebrations of all things Irish during Dublin Irish Days, presented by the Dublin Irish Festival, from Aug. 5 to 8.
Dates From and To: Friday August 6, 2021 to Sunday August 8, 2021
Time: various
Location:
Details:With an innovative format, Dublin Irish Days will celebrate the traditions of the Festival, while prioritizing the health and safety of participants.
Contact: Website

GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from July 8 to August 26, 2021. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on July 29 and August 26 (donation suggested for the musicians).
Date: Thursday August 12, 2021
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Pilgrim Hills Local Park, 1615 E. Randolph Rd, Colesville, MD 20904
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell. $32 for 8 classes, both beginner and advanced for one price. Flyer
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required to participate.
Contact: email or website

GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from July 8 to August 26, 2021. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on July 29 and August 26 (donation suggested for the musicians).
Date: Thursday August 19, 2021
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Pilgrim Hills Local Park, 1615 E. Randolph Rd, Colesville, MD 20904
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell. $32 for 8 classes, both beginner and advanced for one price. Flyer
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required to participate.
Contact: email or website

 RKIDs Social Group 
What: The Book Discussion Club is showing the movie Ryan's Daughter, a 1970 British epic romantic drama directed by David Lean starring Robert Mitchum and Sarah Miles.
Date: Tuesday August 24, 2021
Time: 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:Virtual via Zoom. The URL will be sent to those who signed up. Sign in at 7:15 pm so we can iron out connection wrinkles, movie starts at 7:30.
Details:
Set in August 1917 - January 1918, tells the story of a married Irish woman who has an affair with a British officer during WW I despite moral and political opposition from her nationalist neighbors. IMDB movie summary
Contact: Sonja O.

GWCC
What: GWCC teaches Irish Set and Ceili dancing on Thursdays from July 8 to August 26, 2021. They also have a monthly mini-ceili (8-10 pm) that is open to all in lieu of advanced class on July 29 and August 26 (donation suggested for the musicians).
Date: Thursday August 26, 2021
Time: 7-8pm for new dancers/basics, 8-9:30 for advanced
Location:
Pilgrim Hills Local Park, 1615 E. Randolph Rd, Colesville, MD 20904
Details:
Teacher is Paul O'Donnell. $32 for 8 classes, both beginner and advanced for one price. Flyer
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required to participate.
Contact: email or website

IONA-Barnaby Productions
What: Deborah Packard returns to weave Appalachian and Scottish spells with her heartbreakingly sweet vocals and fine whistle playing while native Glaswegian Peter Cairney provides world class guitar, lap dulcimer and harmonica accompaniment.
Date: Saturday August 28, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:Fairfax Station, VA
Details:Bring a lawn chair. Suggested donation $20. ATTENDEES MUST SHOW PROOF OF BEING FULLY VACCINATED (phone photos/copies are acceptable). Concert will also be live streamed for a cost of $5 and may be ordered at Iona Music.
Contact: For reservations & directions: Purchase Tickets or call (703) 426-1450 or send an email

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
What: After a one year hiatus, the annual RKIDs Labor Day Labor Day party is back on! However, because the pandemic is not over, all who attend must be full vaccinated against COVID-19 and be prepared to show proof.
Date: Monday September 6, 2021
Time: TBA
Location:The O'Brien's
Details:
Details to follow.
Contact: Marilyn O

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday September 7, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

Ligonier Highland Games
What: 62nd annual highland games
Date: Tuesday September 14, 2021
Time: various
Location:At IDLEWILD PARK, Ligonier, PA 18018
Details:
$20, $18 seniors.
Contact: Games website

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday September 14, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday September 21, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

Celtic Cultural Alliance
What: Expect lots of music, dance, highland games (caber, stone and hammer tossing), food, drink and more in Bethlehem, PA at the festival. It historically attracts over 280,000 visitors to downtown Historic Bethlehem.
Dates From and To: Friday September 24, 2021 to Sunday September 26, 2021
Time: various
Location:532 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Shuttle Address - 1525 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA
Details:
Free admission. Festival grounds map
Contact: CCA website

CCE
What: 25th Annual CCÉ Irish Folk Festival
Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
Time: Noon to 6:00 pm
Location:Sherwood Center at Van Dyck Park at 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030 & The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub at 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
Contact: Facebook Announcement
Check that link to ensure it's still scheduled to go on!

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday September 28, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday October 5, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

 RKIDs Social Group 
What: The RKIDs will be sponsoring a walking tour of the Dupont Circle area in Washington, DC. The tour guide will introduce us to the famous Irish people who have lived or visited in the neighborhood. Tour times are tentative.
Date: Saturday October 9, 2021
Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Location:Dupont Circle to Sheridan Circle, along Massachusetts Avenue, and nearby locations.
Details:
We'll mix the walking tour with a lunch break. More information and a registration form to follow. Note - proof of full Covid-19 vaccination may be required.
Contact: Marilyn O.

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday October 12, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

GWCC
What: The Fall Fling returns in 2021. Note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate. Register by September 17 for the best rates. Three dance workshops, two ceilis.
Dates From and To: Friday October 15, 2021 to Sunday October 17, 2021
Time: various
Location:Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center; right on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Details:
Flyer
Contact: Website

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday October 19, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday October 26, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday November 2, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

Tuesday Night Ceili Club
What: Hugh Conway leads the classes. The classes cover popular set and ceili dances that are danced at regular ceilis throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
Date: Tuesday November 9, 2021
Time: 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Location:Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030
Details:
The classes are offered through the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department. You can register online through their web site, or at the Green Acres Center. Each Tuesday night session of five weeks is $38. A walk-in is $8.50.
Contact: Contact Hugh Conway at ceiliset@yahoo.com

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What: Hugh Conway and the Shepherds Pie Celli Band host this dance.
Date: Sunday November 21, 2021
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location:Blenheim Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax 22030
Details:$12, half-price if under 18 years old.
Contact:
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What: Hugh Conway and the Shepherds Pie Celli Band host this dance.
Date: Sunday December 19, 2021
Time: 3 - 6 pm
Location:Blenheim Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax 22030
Details:$12, half-price if under 18 years old.
Contact: Hugh Conway

Blackthorn
What: Annual Spring Blackthorn ceili. Music: Joe DeZarn and his bandmates. Caller: Larry Frank. Because of Covid, there will be no potluck, but separate dessert items will be provided. Come dance on one of the best wooden floors in the area!
Date: Saturday March 5, 2022
Time: 7 - 10:30 pm
Location:McCathran Hall, 300 Grove Ave., Washington Grove, MD, on the Corner of Center St. and Chestnut Rd.
Details:
$15 admission. The ceili will be only for fully vaccinated people. All who enter will be asked to sign an individual note stating that they have been vaccinated. A flyer will be distributed at a later date. Hope to see all who are vaccinated on Saturday, March 5.
Contact: Obie

Penn-Mar Irish Festival
What: The Penn-Mar Irish Festival is held annually on the third Saturday in June, near the Mason-Dixon Line and featuring traditional and contemporary Irish music and dance from Pennsylvania and Maryland performers, plus some special guests.
Date: Saturday June 18, 2022
Times (Eastern U.S.): from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm
Location:Markets at Shrewsbury in southern York County on 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock, PA 17327
Details:
Ticket prices are TBD. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Pets are prohibited.
Contact:
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