Notre Dame Irish dance team to compete in All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships

first_imgHaving Irish danced since she was a toddler, Notre Dame junior Addie Donaher said the adrenaline rush she gets walking out on stage is a sensation that has yet to waver in her career as a performer.“Being on stage is the reason that we all do it,” Donaher said. “You have those two minutes to get up on stage and show them, ‘I’ve been working for a whole year for these two minutes.’”As part of the Irish Echoes, Donaher — along with 7 other Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students — will be competing this weekend in the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships. Photo courtesy of Hanna Dutler Members of the Irish Echoes, Notre Dame’s Irish dance group, compete in the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships every year.Fresh off their annual showcase last January, the Irish Echoes are a Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Irish dance team consisting of roughly 70 members — the largest collegiate team in the nation, Donaher said.Members of the Ceili team — a subset of the Irish Echoes — were selected for the competition via tryout. The Ceili team is lead by juniors coach Hannah Dutler and assistant coach Emily Cline. Dutler and Cline are joined by seniors Caitlin O’Rourke, Rebecca Sidler, Kali Graziano and Lauren Tucker, juniors Donaher and Julia Forte and sophomores Kate Brown and Rachel Hughes.“I think everyone on the Ceili team has been dancing since they were three or four years old and has gone over to Ireland at least once or twice to compete,” Dutler said.The team flew out of Chicago on Tuesday night, landing in Dublin early Wednesday morning. After spending a day in the Irish capital, where they will get a chance to visit Notre Dame students currently studying abroad in Dublin, the women will be hopping on a bus to the competition’s host city, Killarney, a southwest Ireland town with around 14,000 residents.“Girls from all over the world come to compete, and then the competition that we’re in is a club Ceili competition,” Donaher said. “ … It’s like Irish clubs, [and] there’s a bunch of schools from the U.S.”With funding assistance from the Nanovic Institute and the Keough-Naughton Institute, the team has been able to travel to Ireland seven of the past 10 years for this competition and have found themselves atop the podium every time.“We have won the last seven years that we have competed, so hopefully we make it eight,” Dutler said.Dutler also noted that although the teams are strictly business backstage while preparing for their performances, the event gives many of the women the unique opportunity to reconnect with Irish dancers they trained with at past studios who may also be in Killarney for the week’s festivities.Whatever the outcome of Saturday’s competition, however, both Donaher and Dutler said they are thankful to the Irish Echoes for giving them a chance to form the friendships they have in their three years with the team, and for allowing them to continue their passion for Irish dance into their collegiate lives.“We’re all really close, and we all had that love for Irish dance that made us want to go to a school that had a team and keep doing it,” Donaher said. “We both danced competitively our whole lives, so it was such a big part of our life. And then coming to college you kind of expect that to stop. But here, it doesn’t really have to.”Tags: Irish dance, Irish Dance Team, irish echoeslast_img read more

Chinese tourist, flight crew ‘isolated’ in Aklan hospital

first_imgThe 23-year-old flight attendant whohad a travel history to Wuhan City, China on Jan. 21 was isolated fordeveloping cough after three days. The crew was quarantined in a private roomsince Jan. 30, authorities said. BORACAY – Authorities are closelymonitoring two persons at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital inKalibo, Aklan for exhibiting “flu-like symptoms” amid growing fears from the 2019novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV). “They had no flu-like symptoms andthey will be closely monitored also in China,” he added. Four of them had close contacts with a“coronavirus patient” in Hong Kong.(Witha report from Akean Forum/PN) Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. of theProvincial Health Office in Aklan (PHO-Aklan) said seaports and airports in theprovince were on heightened alert against the nCoV. Meanwhile, a flight attendant fromPalawan with travel history in Taiwan and Shanghai, China, denied she wasquarantined in the Aklan provincial hospital, saying she was in the hospital toget her medical clearance on Jan. 31.   “Magiging drastic ang pagbaba ngnumero ng flights at arrivals ng visitors natin in Kalibo airport. Lahatng flights to China are suspended until further notice,” he added. Cuachon said PHO-Aklan is closelycoordinating with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and theBureau of Quarantine to monitor travelers from other countries. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old Chinese maletourist was also brought to the Aklan provincial hospital after experiencing“flu-like symptoms,” they added. Authorities are closely monitoring two persons at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan for exhibiting “flu-like symptoms” amid growing fears from the 2019 novel coronavirus. AKEAN FORUM They boarded China Eastern Airlinesaround 2:40 p.m. at the Kalibo International Airport on a four-hour flight toChengdu, China. Monserate said the cancellation ofaround 20 commercial flights was a precautionary measure to help prevent thespread of the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of people in mainlandChina.  Last Jan. 28, three foreigners weredischarged from the Aklan provincial hospital after the results of their testsfor 2019 nCoV came out negative. Cuachon said the tourists were fit totravel after they secured medical clearances from the attending doctors. Kalibo airport manager Engr. EusebioMonserate Jr. said passengers flying to and from Shanghai, Tianjin, Fuzhou,Chengdu, Peking, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Changsha, and Wuhan in China on Feb. 1 wereaffected by the indefinite cancellation of flights. The foreigners, who were spendingtheir vacation in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan were tracked down by healthauthorities. On the otherhand, 11 Chinese touristsunder medical observation in Kalibo, Aklan have returned to China on Jan. 31.last_img read more

Futsal: ”Centar” is the champion of FBiH

first_imgIn the match of 13th round of First FBiH Futsal League, futsal club ”Centar” defeated futsal club ”Brotnjo” from Čitluk with 6:5, and with this victory ”Centar” became the champion of FBiH, reports FENA.Members of ”Centar”: Bahrudin Omerbegović, Nijaz Mulahmetović, Nermin Kahvedžić, Almir Kerla, Emir Bunar, Emir Džuderija, Aziz Fejzić, Dženis Huseinspahić, Davor Marković, Emir Salčin, Dženan Čeligija, Seldin Zlatagić, while the manager of the club ”Centar” is Dženan Muminović.last_img read more