Category Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Seanachaí from Co. Kerry

It’s nice to hear Gaelic from different parts of Ireland. The mix of English & Irish is really cool!

Tim Evans was born in 1979 in County Kerry, and grew up in the parish of Keel on the Dingle peninsula. He first found interest in storytelling while listening with his mother and father to Éamon Kelly, Ireland’s greatest storyteller, on the radio. Kelly’s stories evoke rural Irish life in ways that are both amusing and touching. The details of language and specifics of location mark these as definitively part of Irish history. Tim began telling these stories at his local pub near Inch beach. 
The beach at Inch

Brooke really loved the Dingle peninsula. Ask her about it sometime!

New Irish dance classes begin again Saturday, Jan. 8

It’s a new year already. Hard to believe isn’t it? To everyone involved in Irish dance, this means it’s time to start readying for St. Patrick’s Day. At Rinceoiri, we’ll be finishing up some new choreography and welcoming new beginning students and Shamrocks. It’s always fun to see the littlest dancers learning their dance. They are so cute!

We have some fun new steps to perfect in the Performing group, so be prepared to work. No more vacation for us!

Wearing of the green

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! Hopefully the weather will hold out and bring sunshine, rather than the lovely mess we had on Saturday.

The parade Saturday was a lot of fun. Cold, but fun. We were lucky enough to be 11th in line which helped us to be all the way through the parade route before the real storm set in. We performed at the Grand Hall, Union Station at the Gateway. It was nice to be indoors and warm!

Our Shamrock class was the hit of the performance with their happy smiles and energy. Although a few of them were definitely shy at first; they all seemed to warm up to the crowd and danced beautifully! Thank you Fiona, Katelynn, Chloe, Nate, Holland, Vanessa, Ethan, Michael, Connor, Sarah, & Jenna for such a fun 10 weeks. And thank you to their parents as well!

RDS really put on a great show with some real power behind those last stamps. The echo in the hall was incredible! You have a lot to be proud of!

Later in the day we performed at a benefit for the earthquake victims of Chile. It was great to be helping the American Red Cross in their efforts to help those in need. The highlight was Stephanie throwing her shoe off stage when it had come untied! :)

We also performed at a benefit that night, for Youth Impact in Ogden. Charlotte taught a few of the Youth Impact kids the Sweets of May, which they excitedly performed for the benefit crowd. They really worked hard and did a great job, even if they did have butterflies backstage!

Thanks dancers, for being willing to travel in crazy weather to brighten the day of someone else.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. Seuss

Parade time!!!

It’s that time again! Next Saturday the 13th is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Siamsa at the Gateway, downtown SLC. All the classes are looking great & we’re excited for the upcoming festivities.

Here’s the lowdown on what you’ll need to know as a Shamrock parent:

Start time: Saturday March 13th. The parade begins at 10 am, meet at 9am in preparation.

Meeting Place: 400 West 200 North, Salt Lake City This location does not have parking. You will have to park around 400 West 300 North and walk south to 200 North.

Costume: Wear the costume given you. Girls wear black tights & shoes, Boys wear black socks & shoes. Please bring a change of clothing. Costumes must be returned immediately after the performance. If costumes are not returned, you will be billed $30 for replacement.

Parade Route: Through the Gateway. Shamrocks will be riding in the back of a truck.

Siamsa: After the parade, they will proceed immediately back to the Gateway Grand Hall Union Pacific Depot for the performance. We go on stage at 11am.

New Students

We’re having a great time with our new students so far! Our Intro class is really learning the basics quickly and the Shamrocks are cute as can be skipping around the classroom.

We continue to get ready for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in all our classes. It looks like the Parade & Siamsa will be held March 13th. The theme this year is “If You’re Irish…” from the song of the same name.

If you’re Irish come into the parlour

There’s a welcome there for you!

If your name is Timothy or Pat

So long as you come from Ireland

There’s a welcome on the mat!

If you come from the mountains of Mourne

Or Killarney’s Lakes so blue,

We’ll sing you a song, we’ll make it a fuss

Whoever you are you’re one of us

If you’re Irish this is the place for you.