Aspects of the History of Irish Ceili Dancing - John Cullinane
Céili dancing came into prominence early in the 20th century and appears to have reached the height of its popularity in the 1930s-70s, after which it went into decline.
During that period the 'Céili' phenomenon was widespread throughout every corner of Ireland and England and as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and America. It was very much a part of the social and cultural life of both rural and urban Ireland, but especially of the small rural communities.
In Ireland, people travelled extensively to attend a Céili.
Irish nationalism was popular and the dancing was one of the great expressions of Irishness. In the larger cities, thousands of people crowded into halls of all sizes to dance Céili dances. It was a place where they met and socialised with each other from rural backgrounds and danced the dances they were familiar with back home.
Céili has had a resurgence in recent years with many people rediscovering Céili as a great form of exercise with a wonderful social element.
This book is extremely comprehensive and includes some wonderful vintage photography from the time. If you have a love of Irish history or of Céili then this book is for you!