THE national committee of Cairde Rince Céilí na hÉireann made a presentation its chairman Ardee man Tom Marry and Eilís Ní Mhearraí, national secretary at the national weekend of ceili dancing at Dromantine retreat and conference centre Newry.
This was made on behalf of all the affiliated ceili clubs throughout Ireland.
It was in recognition of their work promoting non-compeitive céilí dancing among all age groups throughout the country over several decades.
They were presented with a framed, signed, limited edition print by renowned artist Robert Ballagh depicting The Birth of the Irish Republic.
Sheila Marry was also acknowledged. Over the weekend, céilí dancers from all over Ireland including Cavan, Monaghan, Meath, Louth and Armagh clubs attended workshops, Fíor Chéilithe and a training course for céilí dance teachers as well as a tour of the historic Dromantine House and a special bilingual Mass.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the talk by Fr Peter McVerry and former Armagh football captain Jarlath Burns who gave inspiring insights into their own experiences and they highlighted the value of organisations that work to promote non-alcoholic entertainment. Further information on all aspects of the work of the organisation can be found on www.ceilidancing.com Last week Tom featured on the popular TG4 programme Comhra and spoke of his passion for Irish culture and the arts and how he worked through the years to set up Cairde Rince na hEireann.
A great programme.