2013-10-18 / Community

Irish Afternoon A Grand Time For All


More than 100 people had a grand time at An Afternoon of Irish Culture, presented by Killorin Clancy Whelan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Photo by Ed Shevlin More than 100 people had a grand time at An Afternoon of Irish Culture, presented by Killorin Clancy Whelan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Photo by Ed Shevlin More than 100 people attended An Afternoon of Irish Culture, the first event presented by the Killorin Clancy Whelan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in Rockaway.

Held at the Knights of Columbus on Sunday, October 13th, the afternoon featured group Irish dancing, Gaelic language lessons for kids and adults, short very humorous films, music and even an impromptu song or two.

For some it brought back memories; for others it was a new and interesting experience. All enjoyed the lively afternoon.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann is a worldwide organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of Irish traditional music and culture. The group has more than 400 branches in countries including Hungary, Sweden, Australia, Italy, Argentina and Japan.

“Due to the fact that this was our first foray into the Rockaways, we had no idea what to expect,” Ed Shevlin, the Killorin Clancy Whelan Branch’s Irish Language Guide, said.

“I must say that we were quite gratified by the turnout! Going forward, we intend to stick to our mission of preserving and promoting the music, dance and language of Ireland.”

And, he noted, “Given the response we received today, we will be moving the Killorin Clancy Whelan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann to Rockaway!”

Ann Marie Acosta Williams, of Rockaway’s Acosta School of Irish Music and Dance, is also one of the organizers. Her students showed off their musical and dancing skills at the Sunday event.

The group organizers say they are already planning their next event, which will be the official launch of the branch here on the peninsula.

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