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Tir Eoghain Dance Group

NO CLASS on April 25 and July 4, 2017

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A wee note about the Tir Eoghain class, we have maintained over 38 years of dancing and activities that have solely been funded by the class! We hope you will come on a regular base to help us maintain an independence status.

Tir Eoghain Irish Céilí dancers celebrate 38 years!

Weekly dancing every Tuesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm except foul weather!

Call (503) 819-2689 if concerned or additional information

We have MOVED to St. Therese Multi Purpose Center 1260 NE 132nd Ave, Portland, OR 97230

NW Folklife 2010

 Shanless Reel

Cross of Ardboe

Stepping Out


Art in the Pearl 2009

 Tír Eóghain Ceili Dancers of Portland, OR, at the Art in the Pearl, September 2009. Sam Keator, TMRF Current Director.

Gates of Derry

Folklife 2009

Tír Eóghain Ceili Dancers of Portland, OR, at the Northwest Folklife Festival, May 2009. Sam Keator, TMRF Current Director.

The Sweets of May

The Eight Hand Jig

The Wild Rover

August 27 2010 – RE: The Shanless Reel, note from the nephew of John Hughes:

I have just found a clip on YOU TUBE of the group performing the SHANLESS REEL. I don’t know if you are familiar with the origin of this dance. It was arranged by my uncle PETER HUGHES who along with my father JOHN HUGHES would be ‘legends’ in the Ceili Dancing circuit in Co. Tyrone and beyond. My father and Peter ( who are both alive and healthy, thank God ) were born and reared in the townland of Shanless (proper spelling SHANLISS) in Co.Tyrone and still live there to this day. They were from a large family of five boys and four girls and lived in a small ‘white washed’ cottage in the ‘heart’ of Shanliss. Their father owned a small vegetable shop and a small farm holding. I will try and get some photographs of Peter and my father and the townland of Shanliss… Shanliss is split in two by a road  ( Shanliss Lower and Shanliss Upper ) and it is said that an old Irish Fort was built on the hill  ( Upper ) from which you can see four of the six counties….my father owned the ‘hill’ and many a day I spent attending cattle and working the hay there…and indeed you can see four counties from it.

I hope this gives you an insight to the origin of the dance and if you want anymore information please feel free to ask.

Thank you for your time
Kevin Hughes