Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers

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

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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We hate to see you step away, but if you must, consider visiting these sites. Area pubs are listed further down. cookbook sponsormeans the group sponsored the RKIDs' cookbook.

Other Irish set dance organizations in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area:

CCE-Potomac Emerald Isle Club (EIC)
Greater Washington Ceili Club (GWCC) GREENFEET
Baltimore-Washington Academy of Irish Culture Baltimore-Washington Academy of Irish Culture

Other Celtic organizations in our area:

Ballyshaners Celtic Society of Southern Marylandcookbook sponsor
Philadelphia Ceili Group

Transceltic lists Celtic festivals in the USA and worldwide. Bill Lynch's Sets.ie site shows major set dance events around the globe.

How about participating in a hurling match? DC Gaels is an amateur club that promotes Irish sports in the DC Metro area. The Gaels have both ladies' and men's Gaelic football teams as well as hurling and camogie teams. They also have a youth league.

For general information about folk dancing and music of all kinds in our area, there's the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Focus Music lists Washington, DC - Baltimore area folk and acoustic music resources. And the inestimable Mary Cliff has her (Word document) lists of all things folk for the DC metro area. Plus she has a show featuring traditional music every Saturday night from 9 to midnight on WERA. Some other Celtic music and arts resources are:

Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT), located in Takoma Park, MD. It promotes American and international folk music traditions. IONA, a force for pan-Celtic music performance and sponsors of like-minded musicians and dancers since 1986.
Solas Nua (Irish for "new light"), based in Washington DC and supports contemporary Irish Arts  

Online Music Sources, with a Celtic Bent:

Thistle and Shamrock, with Fiona Richie Ireland Live Radio


If you want to try step dancing in the Montgomery County, MD area

Culkin School of Irish Dance Teelin School of Irish Dance

Local shops for your dance shoes

Footlights Dance & Theatre Boutique (Frederick & Silver Spring, MD)

Finally, here are a couple of other fine organizations who sponsored our cookbook:

Artists Circle Fine Art cookbook sponsor

Montgomery Preservationcookbook sponsor


Here are 26 of the area's finest Irish pubs. Some host dances and dance classes. Please support our pubs!

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Auld Shebeen Pub
(their home page automatically plays music - click the speaker icon to mute it)
3971 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
2003 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Duffy's Irish Pub
1016 H St NE
Washington, DC 2000
Finnegan's Wake
in Rockville Town Square
100-F Gibbs St.
Rockville, MD 20850
Galway Bay
63 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
Irish Channel
500 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Kirwan’s on the Wharf
749 Wharf St., SW
Washington, DC 20024
Nanny O'Briens
1 block south of Cleveland Park metro, just across from The Uptown Theater
3319 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
O'Lordan's Irish Pub
14 Liberty St.
Westminster, MD 21157
Old Brogue Irish Pub
760 Walker Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066
Quincy's Bar & Grill
Facebook page
616 Quince Orchard Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
2450 18Tth St.NW
Washington, DC 20009
The Dubliner
(close to Union Station - Red Line)
4 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001
The Irish Whisper
177 Fleet Street
National Harbor, MD 30745