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Anna Marie Acosta
Joe Seletski
Kristen Butke Zagorski
Ilish McKenna
Eddie Murphy
Meg Comisky


Jimmy Butke
Beth Nist
Mike Shaffer
Dave Yates

West Virginia Feis - March 25

Bell Feis - March 26

Tessie Burke Reel Feis - July 15

Tessie Burke Jig Feis - July 16

Pittsburgh Feis - September 23

Pittsburgh Fall Feis - September 24

Pittsburgh Winter Feis - December 30 and 31

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Dutch Country Feis - Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24 in Lancaster PA hosted by the Paloma School of Irish Dance

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On March 25 2023, the Martin McHugh Scholarship Award will presented.
This scholarship was established in 2006 by Jim Graven as Chairman of the West Virginia Feis.  It is awarded each year to an Irish step dancer from the Pittsburgh Area.  It was created in honor of Martin McHugh, a dedicated father of a step dancer and tireless feis volunteer.  Marty passed away in January 2006 at the age of 47.

An Iarmhí, Westmeath, translates as “west of the middle”. The county is nicknamed the Lake County. The  county motto is “Noble above Nobility”.

From Civil Rights to Hunger Strikes 1968-1981

Thursdays 7:30 - 9pm – Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

Following the partition of Ireland  in 1922 Ulster Unionists/ Loyalists were empowered to build the institutions of a new state designed to ensure their ongoing control. They marginalized the nationalist community, the progressive labor movement, and those unionists not committed to the realization of a sectarian state. 

The new devolved administration controlled by the main Unionist party, the Ulster unionist Party (UUP), ensured their control through gerrymandering of constituencies; the use of Special Powers and the formation of a sectarian police force; the use of social and economic policies designed  in the interest  of the majority unionist population; voting rights that gave some people (mostly non Catholic} up to six votes, and gave no vote to adults who did not own or rent property (mostly Catholics); exclusion of the minority population from public service positions; and many other forms of discrimination particularly in the areas of housing, education and employment.

After World War 2 the UK government introduced reforms in education and in the provision of welfare benefits. These played an important part in radicalizing the generations of the 1950's and 1960's who sought to bring change to their communities. The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement was a non-sectarian, peaceful movement that sought to reform the Unionist state. Their efforts were met with violent resistance and a refusal to consider any meaningful changes on the basis that such changes would undermine the nature of the Unionist state. Reform was not an option.

The Civil Rights campaign and the support it received from active nationalist communities was criminalized and attacked to the point that nationalist areas had to rely on self-defense against drive-by shootings; bombings and pogroms by loyalist gangs and paramilitaries; provocative and discriminatory police raids; and after 1969 from British army activity.

By the late 1960's the IRA had been weakened to the point that it had little capability to effectively defend nationalist communities. As in 1935, Nationalists realized that they had to rely solely on themselves.  The British army, the Northern police forces, and the Republic of Ireland government were not going to help them. One of the main supports for the nationalist community and activists came from the examples set by the Civil Rights Movement in the USA, the anti-Apartheid movement, the Palestinian Liberation Movement, and the anti-Vietnam War Movement.

The efforts of the Unionist state and the British government and army to repress the resistance in nationalist areas and the refusal to make any meaningful reforms was the reason why yet another devastating war had to be fought against the century’s old imposition of foreign rule on the people of Ireland by a foreign government and its local allies.

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