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Rosaleen Russell

Congratulations to Rosaleen Russell who received an Appreciation Award at last Friday nights Fior Ceili in Corduff Raferagh Community Centre from Carrickmacross Comhaltas in recognition of her dedication and service to the teaching and promotion of one aspect of our national dance – Ceili dancing.  It is a fitting tribute to Rosaleen for her years of loyalty to the Ceili Club.  Long before the word “inclusion” became a buzzword, Rosaleen and the Ceili Club were advocates for every one of all abilities to come along, enjoy the music, try out the steps and movements of the dances, and as we all know music and dancing does improve your mood and fitness.  The Ceili Club started in Raferagh Hall in 1976, with Paddy McDonald from Carrickmacross teaching the classes.  When the club moved to the Community Centre in 1983, Rosaleen and Rose McConnon took on the role of teaching the dances.  As Rose’s music career took off, Rosaleen took over the teaching role and has continued since in her own extremely patient and jovial way of coaxing the class around the floor.  The relaxed atmosphere at the class is testament to Rosaleen’s gentle nature and talent.  The fitting award was presented by Brian Walsh, Chairperson of Carrickmacross Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann branch.  Go Raibh Maith Agat Rosaleen.  The Ceili on Friday night was very well attended and everyone as always enjoyed the dancing, food and the wonderful music provided by Michael Duffy and Co.