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




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Young and old Star Wars fans celebrate May the Fourth

Even the Imperial Forces love a sausage sizzle, with Stormtrooper Ben Gordon, Snowtrooper Ryan Dalley, and TIE fighter pilot Christie Gordon  joing the queue at the SCU plaza on Star Wars Day (May the Fourth). Eating the sausages proved a little more troublesome though.

May the Fourth be with you celebrated at Southern Cross University.

Scared of sharks? Get surfers' shark insurance

Great white shark smiling in the blue ocean

Terrified surfers could have "peace of mind".

Honour for Kyogle firies who tried to save their dying mate

KYOGLE HEROES: Kyogle firefighter Cody Runciman, Captain Vic Fischer and Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons at the award ceremony.

High praise for volunteers who tried to save deputy captain's life.

Latest deals and offers

Snake skin in a tree

Goonellabah woman gets worried over a python skin in her tree.

Spectacular Crash as Corvette Flips at Drag Races

Corvette flips at 350kmh.

Driver walks away from 350kmh crash in Texas.

Star Wars: Force Awakens told in Emojis

Disney has released an emoji version of The Force Awakens.

To commemorate Star Wars Day, Disney releases emoji version of film on a smart...

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

10 ‘must-see’ open homes on the Northern Rivers this weekend

McGrath Ballina have listed this home at 19 Stonehenge Place, Lennox Head.

Looking for a new home? Then check out this list.

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.