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a haon, do, tri....

I am filled with a bizarre urge to go to a ceili. A ceili is a traditional irish dance-evening - from my teenage summers in the Gaeltacht, I know all the moves. the gaeltacht, for all you non-Irish people, is the part of Ireland in the west where people supposedly still speak Irish all the time (they do all speak English as well, by the way). Anyway, going to all-Irish summer camps there is a middle-class Irish rite of passage. I went four times. I was even a cinnire (sort of counsellor)! yes, once I had perfectly fluent irish, and just ten years later it's virtually all gone.

The steps of all those dances, however, are not. Ceilis, despite my lack of love for all things irish-trad, are really, really good fun. You end up in a right state but in the meantime there's loads of swinging around, stomping up and down, and laughing. They're great. When I was in college, every so often the irish langauge society would organise one in the Buttery, which was always brilliant. Ooh, I want to dance The Walls of Limerick! I must find out where they hold good public ceilis in Dublin.

On the other hand, I am currently listening to the cheesy but, I'm afraid, irresistable JXL remix of 'A Little Less Conversation'. Which makes me want to dance too, but in a rather different way.

A confession of even more uncoolness: I love the video for that song, even though it is a very cheesy and cheap video. It's the one with all the different youth cults all dancing to the song; I possibly like it so much because a huge part of my MA thesis was about the development of post-WW2 youth culture in Britain. I especially like the teddy boy. Teddy boys are just hilarious (now that they're just historical figures and not, like, roaming the streets with flick knives).

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cangetmad
Nov. 13th, 2002 05:41 am (UTC)
So, did the "dh" fall off on the word's passage to Ireland, or attach itself on the journey to Scotland? (Because, for clarification, it's "ceilidh" here.) And, it's true, they are kind of cool, but scary for English people who have no rituals of public touching, other than football matches.
stellanova
Nov. 13th, 2002 06:21 am (UTC)
They're often spelled with a dh here as well; I think it's kind of optional!

Yes, we're not into the public touching either. Especially when it meant having to hold the hand of that year's token sleazy sweaty-palmed boy. But, fun nevertheless!
yiskah
Nov. 13th, 2002 05:44 am (UTC)
Hey - I'm going to a ceilidh (is that the Scottish spelling?) in a few weeks! I've been to a couple of Scottish and Irish ones before, and they're brilliant. Nothing even remotely sad about them, mo chara dilis (did I spell that right?).
starfishchick
Nov. 13th, 2002 06:37 am (UTC)
When I was at uni, our college pub was called The Ceilie. Not sure why that spelling was chosen, but what can you do. Not being fond of smoky and fairly grimy bars, I didn't go there much. But whatever.

"Cheesy but irresistable" is the perfect description of the 'Little Less Conversation' remix.
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