Fall 2019 Newsletter

A Chara (greetings!) IMS Patrons

I thought we should start a quarterly newsletter to keep you up to date on all that is happening in the Irish/Celtic world near the Greater Rockford Area.

Schedule for Fall:

Friday Oct 18th starting at 6pm to 8pm Danny’s Gone Rogue (Irish band) playing at the Rockford Listening Room (the former Just Goods store) on 7th Street on with fiddler Zach Peterson.  Freewill donation.

Sunday Oct 20th at 2:30pm the Rockford International Fest we will have McNulty School of Irish Dance performing on stage at the Rockford International Festival, located on 725 Main Street.  Free admission, parking. http://irishmarchingsociety.com/blog/2019/10/15/mcnulty-school-of-irish-dance/

Wednesday Oct 23 at 6-8pm Kilt Contest at the Owly Oop Sports Pub on 305 S. Madison St (UW Health Sports Factory).  Music by Trinadora’s Celtic Frolic, Celebrity Bartending with Mayor Tom McNamara, Police Chief Dan O’Shea, Alderman Bill Rose and 23 News Shannon Kelly.  Free and all tips go to the IMS Irish Dance School. http://irishmarchingsociety.com/blog/2019/10/07/second-annual-ki…est-october-23rd/ ‎


As you may or may not know we have applied for a Grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for starting a Rockford School of Irish dance.  We have asked for enough to offer scholarships for 15 students to begin weekly lessons.  The McNulty School of Irish Dance has been selected as our instructors and the Rockford Public Library has also been selected as providing studio space pending Grant approval.   We will know in December.  If not, we will begin a campaign anyway for soliciting students and look for funding elsewhere.  We are on the road to Dancing our way back into the hearts of this city and renewing a new generation of Irish dancers this city can be proud to say are ours.

We are also bringing about a series of Irish/Celtic concerts to Rockford.  So far this year we have brought the Fitzgeralds out of Canada in May, which was just a spectacular music and dance show.   Then we had One For the Foxes on Sept 17th (half way to St. Pat’s Day) who represent the fresh new talent coming straight out of Ireland’s University of Limerick School of Music.  What a performance!!  And finally, back by popular demand we have Paddy Homan and the Noble Call with Christmas Time in Ireland coming to the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center on Sunday December 15th at 3pm for a matinee.  Paddy is coming to Rockford at our request and taking a break from his filming schedule of “I am Ireland” for PBS to put on this show with his wonderful band, The Noble Call and dancer from Connemara, Ireland Brian Cunningham.https://irishmarchingsociety.com/blog/2019/11/13/christmas-time-in-ireland-christmas-concert-december-15th/

Visit the website for all ticketing info on Paddy Homan – Christmas Time in Ireland in early November.