2013-10-11 / Community

A Touch of Ireland For All

By Dan Guarino


Taking the sound of Ireland to the streets of Rockaway at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with students of the Acosta School of Irish Music and Dance. A free Afternoon of Irish Culture comes to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday, October 13th. Taking the sound of Ireland to the streets of Rockaway at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with students of the Acosta School of Irish Music and Dance. A free Afternoon of Irish Culture comes to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday, October 13th. Irish language, dance, humor and music come full circle back to Rockaway with An Afternoon of Irish Culture at the Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90th Street.

On Sunday, October 13th, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., organizers say, there will be Ceili dance instruction for the entire family, introductory Irish Language lessons for children and adults, a humorous short film, light lunch, coffee, tea and “a bit of music and song.”

There will be lots of activities for kids, as well as the whole family, and the event is free.

The goal, Irish music and dance teacher Annmarie Acosta Williams says, is to introduce a new generation to the richness of Irish culture and rekindle the love of it in older ones.

Acosta, the director of the award-winning Acosta School of Irish Music and Dance, is also the chairperson of the Killoran-Clancy-Whelan Branch. She will be at event, as will Edward “Shevy” Shevlin, its Irish Language Officer, Moire Matheson and Maire Lean Ni Bhaird.

“The Killoran-Clancy-Whelan Branch is now going to be based in Rockaway,” Williams said, “and we are hoping very much to bring in new members of all ages who are interested in making it possible for Irish music, dance, and language to thrive in this area! Information about the organization and membership applications will be available. Membership is inexpensive!”

“(Our) overall aim is to bring Irish culture back to Rockaway Beach and provide this service for the community.”

Williams who remembers when there was a cieli (pronounced kay-lee), a kind of traditional party where everyone contributes with a song, dance, story or joke, every month at St. Francis de Sales.

She also recalls lively talent shows at the Irish Circle every Saturday night. There were also regular classes in Irish language, or Gaelic, as it is often known in America.

Kicking things off with Sunday’s event, the Killoran-Clancy-Whelan Branch is looking forward to presenting music, dance and language lessons, movie nights, holiday events, a book club and social events.

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