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News and Reviews: Raglan Road Labor Day Weekend

Did you miss it? The Great Irish Hooley – a real live Irish fest with food, music, and of course Irish dancing.

Those lucky enough to be in Orlando this past Labor Day Weekend had the chance to get their jig on at Raglan Road for The Great Irish Hooley. The Hooley, now in it’s second year, boasts authentic food, amazing live music, and Irish dancers.

I didn’t have the opportunity to try their beer-battered fish and chips, or Shepherd’s Pie, nor was I able to dive into the Full Irish Breakfast with sausage, black and white pudding, bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms and fried eggs with roasties (potatoes). I’m feeling a bit slighted living here in Utah.

Raglan Road Dancers Disney
Raglan Road Dancers ©Disney

Of course the best part, I’m sure, was the music and dancing. Irish bands include Scythian, Lisa Canny, and Elevation, the world’s leading U2 tribute band. They also offered Irish music workshops – “Between the Jigs and the Reels” — by Dublin-born, Riverdance musical director Declan Masterson. Irish dance workshops — “From Our Roots to Riverdance” — were led by renowned Irish dancer and choreographer Ronan McCormack and included some family friendly ceilis. The Raglan Road Dancers were on hand to help out and entertain.

It sure sounds like it was a great party, I’m sorry I missed it! Plan a trip next year, as this event really seems like a fun one. Information can be found at Raglan Road or Great Irish Hooley.


Our Irish dancers at Utah Scottish Festival 2013 at Thanksgiving Point

Rinceoiri Don Spraoi Irish Dancers helped celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage at the 39th annual Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday.

We had a grand time watching the pipers and listening to the different music offerings. Our favorite part? Dancing of course!

For more information on this annual event, please visit UTAHSCOTS.ORG

All photos courtesy Farris Gerard

Irish dancing at the Wasatch Roller Derby? Yeah, we did that!

A few of our ladies braved the cement floor to dance at the halftime show on Saturday for Wasatch Roller Derby.

This bout was between the Salt Flat Fallouts and the Hot Wheelers. We had a great time! If you’ve never seen roller derby before, it’s fast paced, lots of shoves and falls, and ladies who know how to skate!

Wasatch Roller Derby is Utah’s premier roller derby league. Wasatch Roller Derby is a federally recognized “501(c)3” charity, making cash and in-kind donations to Wasatch Roller Derby tax-deductible. Wasatch Roller Derby uses the sport of roller derby as a means to raise money and awareness for other charitable organizations. Wasatch Roller Derby allows individuals to have fun, be active while making a difference in their community. Wasatch Roller Derby also strives to promote roller derby as a sport in Utah, showcasing and celebrating the dedication and athletic ability of all involved.

The mission of Wasatch Roller Derby is to focus on providing recreational amateur athletic entertainment that improves member’s individual athletic ability, self-discipline, and character while promoting the sport of roller derby. We endeavor to provide a supportive environment for women to excel in both their individual successes and in a team environment. We firmly believe that together we can act as a catalyst for profound change and enrichment.

We love supporting organizations like ours that try to make a difference in their community.

The derby community was welcoming and enthusiastic. We had a great crowd! In the derby spirit, we decided to come up with our own Irish dance derby names. We can’t compete with names like Moon Raker, Unholy Roller, Ah-Nah Shedidn’t, or Penny Slain; but we thought we try. Our offerings?

Whiskey Business, Patty O’Furniture, Seamus On You, Brogue ‘N Bones, Bailey’s Irish Scream, Treble Maker, Guinness the Menace…

We can’t wait to do it again!