In Ireland but also in Australia, the Gaelic League and the Catholic Church initially discouraged dancing in any form…
Their literature, their games, their religion and certainly their language existed at a higher level than anything the locals had to offer.
The persistence of omissions and misrepresentations of Irish dance and dancers in public media forums also requires attention.
Two veterans of Irish Dance honoured in Australia Day list for a lifetime of teaching.
This past year has seen a wealth of diaspora activity taking place around the world.
Papers will range from Irish orphan stories, Mary Lee, women in the 1916 Rising and conscription, Irish nuns and identity, chain migration, women in World War 1, through to the 20th century ‘Troubles’ and abortion reform and neonatal deaths.
Excerpts from an autobiographical piece by Michéal Ó Súileabháin
If you enjoy Irish music, you won’t want to miss the musical, Come from Away.
‘Jigs to Jacobites’ provides information about the origins and developmental pathways of forty dance tunes.
‘A Taste of Ireland – The Christmas Spectacular’, is Ireland’s most vivid portrayal from the Celtic heart.