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Workshops and ceilis in North America

Pearl River Ceili Group, Clarkstown Reformed Church Hall, 107 Strawtown Road, West Nyack, New York

18 September 2009  Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band
16 October 2009  Green Gates Ceili Band
20 November 2009  Ceol na gCroí Ceili Band
18 December 2009  Green Gates Ceili Band

Live music ceilis from 8pm to 12am, with calling by Jerry Kennedy. Contact Dan Dennehy.

Portland Ceili Society, Portland Police Athletic Association, 618 SE Alder Street, Portland, Oregon

18 September 2009  8pm-12.30am  please confirm
16 October 2009  8pm-12.30am  Felim Egan and friends
20 November 2009  8pm-12.30am  Peter Yeats and friends

Dancing begins with a lesson in the first hour followed by live music, $10. Contact Maldon Meehan.

Deutsches-Haus, 200 South Galvez Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119

19 September 2009, 8pm-12am, free

Ceili. Contact Noel Reid.

Shamrocks and Thistles Celtic Gathering, Huron Boat Basin, 330 North Main Street, Huron, Ohio

19-20 September 2009

The weekend festival includes a ceili on Saturday night, 19 September, with music by local favourites Turn the Corner.

Mike Rafferty Ceili, VFW Hall, 239 Leonia Avenue, Bogota, New Jersey

20 September 2009, 3-8pm, $12

Comhaltas ceilis on the third Sunday feature music by Eileen Clune Goodman, John and Gerry Kennedy, Mike Rafferty and guests. There's a dancing lesson in the first hour. Contact Bridie and John DalPizzoltea served

Future ceilis: 18 October, 15 November, 20 December 2009, 17 January, 21 February, 21 March, 18 April, 16 May 2010

Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlyn Street, Carpenter Lane, West Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

25 September 2009, 7pm, $12

The monthly fourth Friday ceili begins with a workshop in the first hour then from 8pm there's live music by either John Brennan or Kevin McGillian plus friends. Contact John Shields, Cass Tinney and Tom O'Malleytea served

Also on: 23 October, 27 November 2009

Hope Ceilis, Kerry Society Hall, 305 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, New York

26 September 2009  Pete Kelly Ceili Band
24 October 2009  John Whelan
28 November 2009  Pete Kelly Ceili Band
26 December 2009  Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band

Monthly charity ceilis at 8pm-12am. Contact Tom Keaveney.

The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030

26 September 2009, 6-8pm

The Irish Inn Mates and Shepherd's Pie plays for set and ceili dances. Contact Marilyn Moore.

New Castle County Irish Society, 1301 South Rodney Street, Wilmington, Delaware

27 September 2009, 2-6pm, $13

Monthly dances with ceili dancing and two or three sets danced to music by Pancho, Kevin and Jimmy McGillian. Contact Bud Burketea served

Also on: 15 November, 20 December 2009

Winona Grange Hall #271, 8340 SW Seneca Street, Tualatin, Oregon

2 October 2009, 7.30-11pm, $10

Dancing begins with a lesson in the first half hour followed by live music. Contact Sam Keator.

Future dates: 6 November, 4 December 2009, 1 January, 5 February, 5 March, 2 April, 7 May 2010

Trinity Hall Irish Pub, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas, 75206

4 October 2009, 3-6pm, $7

The Lone Star Ceili Band plays for a dance session led by Michael and Susan Harrison.

More dates: 1 November, 6 December 2009

Cleveland Ceili Club, St Clarence Church, 30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, Ohio, 44070

9 October 2009, 8pm-12am, $10

A ceili usually with house band Turn the Corner. Contact Kelly Jones and Anna Costanzo.

More ceilis: 13 November, 11 December 2009

Ceili Society of the Valley, VFW Hall Post 661, 630 Hood Street NE, Salem, Oregon

9 October 2009, 7-11pm, $10

Ceili dancing with live music by Hanz Araki. Maldon Meehan teaches the basics in the first hour and calls all the dances. Contact Susan Spencer.

Future dates: 13 November, 11 December 2009

Tradfest Extravaganza, Honor's Haven, 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville, New York, 12428

9-12 October 2009

Upstate New York's Catskills Mountains make a beautiful setting for this weekend packed with music and dance. Six ceili bands are here, the Four Courts and Taylor's Cross from Ireland, the Doon Ceili Band from St Paul, Minnesota, and three local groups, Pete Kelly, Green Gates Ceili Band and Pride of Moyvane, playing in rotation throughout the weekend. Tony Ryan is here as well to teach workshops and call the sets. Top musicians are also performing during the weekend, including Martin Hayes, Joe Burke and Cherish the Ladies, and there are trad music workshops. The venue is a resort in the Catskill Mountains outside the little town of Ellenville about two hours from New York City. The package includes all entertainment, meals and accommodation. Contact Gertrude Byrne.

O'Neill-Malcom CCÉ Ceilis, Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia, 20171

10 October 2009, 6-8pm, $15

The Bogwanderers Ceili Band plays for set and ceili dances. Marilyn Moore provides the calling and a half-hour lesson at the start..

Also on: 14 November, 12 December 2009

J Patrick's Pub, 1371 Andre Street, Locust Point, Baltimore, Maryland

11 October 2009, 4.30-8.30pm

They dance at the back of the pub to live music provided by J Patrick's All-Stars led by Peter Fitzgerald. The sets are called by Marilyn Moore. After the ceili live music continues until midnight. Contact J Patrick's.

Future dates please confirm: 8 November, 13 December 2009

Fenian's Irish Pub, 901 East Fortification Street, Jackson, Mississippi

11 October 2009, 2-5pm, free

A ceili with mostly live music and ceili dancing. Contact Margaret Cupples and Catherine Sherer Bishop.

Future dates: 15 November 2009

West End Irish American Association, Polk Township Fire Hall, Route 209, Kresgeville, Pennsylvania

18 October 2009, 2-6pm, $13

Pocono Mountain set and ceili dancing with music by Pancho Pantoni and Kevin and Jimmy McGillian. Contact Jean Cunninghamtea served

The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Avenue, St Paul, Minnesota, 55104

24 October 2009  Barra
23 January 2009  Two Tap Trio

Loma Mór Irish Dance Club ceilis, 7.30pm. Contact Karen Cieminski.

Also on: 23 April 2010

Tír Eoghain Céilí Club, Portland Police Athletic Association, 618 SE Alder Street, Portland, Oregon

30 October 2009, 7.30-11.30pm, $10

The ceili begins with a lesson, followed by live music with Dave Cory, Landon Kuhn and Kellam Throgmorton. Contact Sam Keator.

Connie Ryan Memorial Weekend, Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center, 101 North Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, 19971

30 October-1 November 2009, $165

This annual weekend commemorating Connie Ryan's contribution to set dancing is again in Rehoboth Beach, the top resort along the short Atlantic coast of Delaware. It is based in a pleasant hotel on the boardwalk facing the beach and ocean. Pádraig and Róisín McEneany are visiting from Ireland to lead workshops on Saturday and Sunday and call sets at ceilis on Friday and Saturday nights. New York area musicians Brendan Dolan, Felix Dolan, Dylan Foley, Jimmy Kelly and John Whelan make the music. Shoppers take note - the town boasts three outlet malls and Delaware has no state sales tax. Contact Linda Fitzpatrick.

Irish Festival Cruise, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

23-30 January 2010, $1304.19-2704.19

An Irish cruise of the Caribbean featuring Matt Cunningham and his band among the performers. The ship makes stops in San Juan, St Maarten, Tortola and Nassau. Contact Mary Rowley.

Easter Set Dance Weekend, Titanic House, 989 Young Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2-5 April 2010

Contact Elizabeth MacDonald.

PEI Irish Arts Weekend, Benevolent Irish Society Hall, 582 North River Road, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

21-24 May 2010

A celebration of Irish culture on Canada's smallest province.

Irish Charter Cruise, New York City, New York

23-30 May 2010, $1597-3197

This popular cruise of the Caribbean offers entertainment by a host of Irish performers, including Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh and the Pete Kelly Ceili Band. Gerard Butler is coming along to teach dance workshops. The itinerary starts and finishes from the pier at 55th Street on the west side of Manhattan, making several stops in Bermuda and another in Charleston, South Carolina. Per-person price shown varies with room type and includes shared accommodation, meals, entertainment, port charges and taxes. Contact Gertrude Byrne.

Dublin Irish Festival and Academy, Coffman Park, 5600 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio

6-8 August 2010

Contact Dublin Irish Festival.

Milwaukee Irish Fest and Summer School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

19-22 August 2010

For more information, visit the Irish Fest web site at or contact Jane Anderson regarding the Fest and Jane Walrath for questions about the summer school.

Future festivals: 18-21 August 2011

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