News

Irish folk kick up their heels

THERE must be some Irish blood flowing through the weatherman's veins as yesterday was up there for a beautiful, sunny Autumn St Patrick's Day.

Anyone who had a hint of Gaelic in them, and even those who didn't, were out enjoying the sunshine.

Lismore School of Irish Dance's students were kept busy over the weekend dem- onstrating their high kicks and energetic dances to the public.

 

KNEES UP: Ray Parry, of Lismore got into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day with Lismore Irish dancer Megan Moore at the Lismore car boot markets yesterday.
KNEES UP: Ray Parry, of Lismore got into the spirit of St Patrick’s Day with Lismore Irish dancer Megan Moore at the Lismore car boot markets yesterday. Doug Eaton

"It has been really good but we are all exhausted," said Irish dance teacher and school owner Glenys Ritchie who is also a councillor at Lismore City Council.

 

"We've had 15 dancers doing different displays.

"We were out at Lismore Square yesterday, Lismore Car Boot Market and Ballina Fair today."

The Northern Star caught up with the dancers at the car boot market yesterday morning where the performers were showing their style and high kicks.

"The kids have had a ball, with one of them commenting 'that was magic'," Ms Ritchie said.

"The dance displays are very short, only a minute-and-a-half but have the same energy levels as a 200m swim sprint."

Ms Ritchie said the dancers benefited, not only from high energy, but good posture and confidence as well.

"It's great to see the young girls' confidence grow as they perform in front of people," she said. "And it's lovely to see the oldies enjoying the performances as well with all the young people."

The school currently has about 40 students ranging in age from four years to nearly 70.

"Irish dancing has its ebbs and flows," Ms Ritchie said.

"When Riverdance visits or the Wiggles have a display then there is a resurgence."

Topics:  st patrick's day




New shops, big changes at Ballina retail centre

Big changes are happening at Ballina Central.

Major changes are under way at one of the town's shopping centres

Shark bump was 'very similar to Mick Fanning incident'

Curran See and Harris Lake, both 18, were waiting for a set at Sharpes Beach on Tuesday when they were both attacked by an aggressive white shark.

THREE surfers have been knocked off their boards by sharks

Four people evacuated from fire on the Northern Rivers

Four people were evacuated after a fire in a Northern Rivers home on Tuesday.

Fire fighers arrived within four minutes and noticed smoke

Latest deals and offers

An Ab Fab charity screening, darling

THEY ARE BACK: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Eddie and Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

At Kyogle Community Cinemas on Thursday, August 11

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

Three reasons your mind will be blown this week

Alan Dale and Jacki Weaver in a scene from the TV series Secret City.

THREE shows on Foxtel to make your mind boggle.

Elena wins MasterChef: “I’m ecstatic and eager to celebrate"

MasterChef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan, from Noosa.

NOOSA chefs survive marathon grand final dish by Heston Blumenthal.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started