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Nelson Doyle School of Dancing

During the past week another tour group organised by Monaghan’s friend, Mervyn McCarthy, arrived in Monaghan. This time the group consisted of members of the Nelson Doyle School of Dancing with their leader and teacher, Ellen Doyle. Some parents and others from New Brunswick completed the party.  This again was organised through Willie McKenna, who was unable to be present due to an illness but we are assured that he is making a good recovery. On Thursday, August 14th, the entire group paid a visit to Carrickroe Community Centre and performed a substantial programme of entertainment including dance and song. Local dancers from the Brogan School of Dancing also provided entertainment with their programme and there were songs from local artists. Gene Flood was Master of Ceremonies and words of welcome were extended to the group by Fr. Sean Nolan, and Nicola McKenna, representing the Carrickroe Festival Committee. Ms. Doyle responded and stated that the group was very excited and delighted to be present in Carrickroe. She explained that the group do not enter competition but learn the dancing and perform out of love for the Irish tradition. The group was then heading for the Fleadh in Sligo where they looked forward to performing on the street or any other appropriate opportunity and were looking forward to that experience. Mervyn McCarthy thanked Willie McKenna, Brian Rice and the Four Seasons Hotel for their support and kindness and stated that he is very happy to take his tours to Monaghan and provide bed-nights there. Already this year he has taken over 600 bed-nights to Monaghan. There was tea/coffee and food for all and plenty of good cheer making for an excellent night of entertainment and fun. We wish the group a great holiday and hope that they return home with fond memories from Carrickroe and Monaghan.