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.