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Friday 29 August 2014

Stepping out with all the right moves

Published 24/09/2013 | 05:38

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CELTIC Roots have danced, played and sang across the world. Often referred to as 'County Wexford's Riverdance', their exhibition of Irish dancing in the centre of the pitch at Croke Park on the day Wexford won the All-Ireland in 1996 'was electric, brilliant' said founder Kay McKelvie.

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The enchanting Irish dancing steps, singing, music and storytelling of the fifty members of Celtic Roots have enthralled thousands there and millions across the world on television.

They have danced in Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Holland, London, Manchester, Japan and Brazil.

More watched them in the finals of the 'Jig Gig' competition on TG4 three years ago.

Kay Keeley was five in Ballybrennan, Bree, when her mother brought her to dancing classes with Maureen Gaul in Wexford town.

When a newly- named Celtic Roots went to the Phil Murphy Week-end at Bannow in 1998, they met a group from Norway who invited them over. Visits to other countries have since led to return visits to County Wexford. Anton Treacy gave them regular gigs in Enniscorthy.

Fifteen years later, with members from across the county and millions of steps behind them, Celtic Roots performers, founder Kay, her husband Liam, and children Ciara (16) and Mark (18) are looking to a future of more.

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