February 1989 saw the formation of the St. Marks Céili Club. This coincided with the completion of our clubhouse, which enabled us to hold our classes in our own hall.
The driving force behind the formation of the Céili club were members Patsy McCann, Pat Mc Kane, Carmel Jameson, and Denis McCarthy.
The first committee elected to look after this section were: Pat McKane, Lily McKane, Margaret Kavanagh, Carmel Jameson, Deirdre McCarthy, Evelyn Brereton, Bridie Kelly, Celine McCann, and Denis McCarthy. Classes were held on a Monday night from 8.30 to 10.30 under the guidance of Breda Hession.
Some time later Breda Hessions role as teacher was taken over by Kay Tracey who was greatly supported by her husband Paddy. Paddy was a very well known musician who, as part of the Sheelin Céili Band, played on a regular basis at our monthly Céilis, which to this day are held every 3rd Saturday of the month. The faces on the Céili Committee have changed from time to time.
In 1992 some new members came onto the Céili Committee which was made up of: Carmel Jameson, Bridie Kelly, Breda Mullen, Dympna Doherty, Mary O’Callaghan, Kitty Fitzpatrick, Maureen Kinsella, Margaret Shovlin, Chris Corrigan, Geraldine Warren and Denis McCarthy.
Over the years we have taken part in Scór and our club has been very successful. Other activities that we have taken part in have included St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the recording of Céili House and Up for the Match.
To day our classes are under the guidance of Annette Phelan while Maureen Dennis calls the sets at our monthly Céili. Maureen took over from Kay Tracey who left us after a long number of years, due to illness.
Today those of us who are involved in the Céili section believe that the success of our section was in no small way due to the long association, support and teaching of Kay and Paddy Tracey.
Today's Committee is made up of Carmel Jameson, Breda Mullen, Geraldine Warren, Margaret Shovlin, Maureen Brady and Denis McCarthy.
Finally on reflecting on the history of our Céili Section, our thoughts are with those members who have passed on. They include, Bridie Kelly and Chris Corrigan who were members of our Committee, Paddy Tracey and Tom Brennan.