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MON 21 – THUR 31 DEC

The Centre’s running club, ‘The Liverpool Irish Rovers’ are organising a virtual journey home. Why Dungarvan? Since 1974, there have been connections between the Liverpool Irish Centre School of Dance (formerly the Bolger School, now the Bolger Cunningham School) and the SliabhCGua dancers of Dungarvan. There have been annual exchanges over long weekends in which music and dance and song have been celebrated and long friendships formed for over 50 years. This year of course that was not possible.

The idea is to re-create the trip to Dungarvan. Each day runners (and walkers, some with dogs) will travel part of the way and the miles will be totted up and each day there will be a report on progress. As the journey unfolds there will be a song or dance or piece of music relevant to the stage reached. In this way people will relive previous journeys and happy times and will enjoy Irish culture throughout the trip and especially when Dungarvan is reached.

It is hoped that the people of Dungarvan will participate. It is also hoped that all members of the Centre, whether they know Dungarvan or not, will be connected to Ireland over the festive period for the whole of the 600 miles or so - however long that takes.

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It becomes some sort of rather shallow connection if you and him tend to be content to end up being for a long time merely chatting.

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