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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."

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