Campus Celebrates Irish Culture in March
The campus will host a variety of events celebrating Irish culture during March. Shamrock smoothies will be available at noon on March 17 in the concourse, and at 1:30 p.m. the O'Grady-Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance will perform in the multipurpose room at the Fogelsville campus. In addition, the campus will feature food inspired by the Emerald Isle and Irish rock band Ceann beginning at noon on March 25 in the multipurpose room.
About The O'Grady-Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance
The O'Grady-Quinlan Academy, founded in January 2005, represents an exciting merger between the Lehigh Valley's two established and successful Irish dance schools: the Maureen O'Grady School of Irish Dance, and the Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance. The former opened its doors in 1992 and the latter in 2000, infusing the new venture with almost two decades of combined teaching and business experience in the profession. Maureen O'Grady and Colleen Schroeder share a common vision – to help children reach their full potential as Irish step dancers, through a teaching environment that strives for competitive excellence while affirming the importance of positive life values and fun in the process. These two instructors have taught more than 2,000 students, qualified scores of students for the highest level competition, and built solid and lasting ties in the Lehigh Valley and Irish Dance communities.
Ceann formed as an Irish rock band in Pittsburgh in 2005 with the release of their first album of all-original material "Almost Irish." Before that, Ceann was an acoustic trio that played Irish pub music across the northeast. Ceann continues to mix fun Irish music with their popular originals. While some of Ceann's songs revolve around the culture of being Irish Americans, many of Ceann's most popular songs have distinctively more contemporary themes. Their songs appeal far beyond the normal reach of Irish music and have given them access to unprecedented markets for an Irish band. As one of the only Irish bands to find success on commercial radio, Ceann's fan base has grown outside of Irish music circles as well. Their cross market appeal has allowed them to be featured at Irish festivals and at non-Irish music festivals to equal success. Ceann has also become one of the most sought-after college music acts in the country.