Monday 15 October 2018

Set dancers still in step 25 years on

Fintan Lambe

Twenty-five years on, and the members of the Gorey Set Dancing group are showing no signs of slowing down just yet.

They were joined by dancers across the south east for an enjoyable 25th anniversary celebration in the Loch Garman Arms. The evening of course included plenty of dancing to music from the Ballyellis céilí band, and those present also took time to remember deceased members with a minute's silence.

Presentations were made to founder members Sheila Jackman, Eithne Butler and John Joe Lucey, as well as Sean Walsh who gives the classes every week. There was also recognition for John Joe, PJ O'Leary, and Anne Marie Owley who kept the classes going when Sean was on sick leave, and also the Ballyellis céilí band for their services over the years.

The Gorey set dancers very much welcome new members. They meet at Christ Church Old School, Charlotte Row, on Wednesday nights from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. They say they do it for fun and for fitness, and they don't enter competitions so there's no pressure on beginners.

Gorey Guardian