The Next Dance - The Infamous Costume Ceili

Thanks to everyone who came out for the first ceili of the season. This was one of the best attended September ceilis on record. And thanks so much to everyone who made an additional donation. Your support has definitely made a difference.

The next dance is our Notorious Costume Ceili.

Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 8:00 pm (come a bit earlier and we'll walk you through the basics)
Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave (at the corner of 11th and Couch Street)
The Band: Felim Egan and Associates

Thanks to the generous donations received, the Portland Ceili Society can continue hold our regular dance every third Friday at Norse Hall for the duration. We are considering other venues that might cost less.  In any case, your continued attendance and support are essential.

Summer Breeze

Dear Friends of Portland Ceili Society,
    Our expenses have been exceeding our revenue for quite some time now and we are going to have to change things up or shutdown. Norse Hall is an excellent hall, but too expensive to support dances with attendance hovering around 50 per dance (we need closer to 70). The real problem is that about the same 5 people, the Board, have been doing the work for a very long time. And we collectively have neither the time nor skills to properly market and promote the ceili. Without increased support and participation from the Irish dance community, the Portland Ceili Society may end its long run this season.
    We will attempt to continue running the ceilis as we have been doing as long as the money holds out (at this point we will at least go through October). It is very important the we get a good turnout for the September and October ceili. It would also be great if you could renew your membership at the September ceili, as that will provide a significant portion of our operating funds for the year. We are in the process of looking for other less-expensive venues, but that is up in the air at this point.   
    We are also looking for volunteers to organize ceilis. This entails selecting callers and/or dances, making sure there are volunteers for taking money at the doors. This is a one-ceili commitment. We on the Board will assist you in contacting callers and door volunteers and take care of everything else. If you have ever been unfulfilled with the type of dances done at a ceili (a perennial complaint), this is your chance to construct the ceili you always wanted! E-mail us at to volunteer.
    Of course, you are also welcome to join the Board. We have stripped down the responsibilities to the bare minimum: 2-3 face-to-face meetings per year. Run one ceili.
    If you can't spare time for our (dis)organization, perhaps you can spare some money. PCS is still a 501(c)3 corporation and hence tax-deductible.

Annual Meeting

We have just wrapped up another great season of ceili dancing! Thanks to everyone who participated in the dances. To cap off the season we will be having our Annual Meeting at 1 P.M. on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at 3973 NE 7th Ave, cross street Shaver. We'll have to discuss some hard decisions for the Society, including possible changes in venue and frequency. Everyone interested in the organization is welcome to attend, members or not.

May Ceili

Third Friday Ceili (Last Ceili until September)

Friday, May 15th, 2015  8:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., with just enough of a lesson to get by at 7:45 if you are completely new.

Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, crossed at Couch Street

$12 General Admission, $8 Members or Students (this is an incredible price for even the music alone)

The Band: Dale Russ, Tom Creegan, Joe Root

Called by Sam Keator

April Events

Third Friday Ceili

The Time: Friday, April 17th, 2014  8:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., with just enough of a lesson to get by at 7:45 if you are completely new.

The Place: Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, crossed at Couch Street

The Price: $12 General Admission, $8 Members or Students (this is an incredible price for even the music alone)

The Band: Eddie Parente, Mike Beglan, Peter Yeates

Called by Maldon Meehan

Gathering To Honour The Memory of Patti McCallig Bates

April 18th Saturday

The Ainsworth House and Gardens for directions

From 2:00 to 4:30

This will be an informal gathering of Patti’s friends. A time to share memories and stories of Patti.

March Ceili - Special Early Family Ceili

This month we are having a special family ceili, with easy dances for ALL ages between 6:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. And then the usual, progressively more complicated dances starting from 8 on.

The Time: Friday, March 20th, 2014  6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., the Family Ceili
8:00 pm to 11:00 p, the Usual Ceili

The Place: Norse Hall, NE 11th Ave and Couch Street

The Price:
Before 7:30 P.M. (Half Price) $6 Adults, $4 Kids (or $20 a family) (This is a special price for families with younger children, who might not be able to stay the whole night, or if you just want to try a little Irish social dancing)

After 7:30 P.M. (Regular Price) $12 Nonmembers, $8 Members/Students (If you plan to dance a good portion after 8, this is the price for you)

The First Band: Nancy Jarrell, Mark Roberts and Other Miscreants

The Second Band: Django Amerson, Sean Ernest, Seamus Egan


With a heavy heart and a sad mind we have to make the announcement that our long term member Patti Bates has succumbed to her stage four cancer and has left us this Saturday. She has been a regular dancer at our ceilis for a long long time and she will be sadly missed both as a friend an as a dancer.
In her honor, the PCS will dedicate our next ceili (Friday the 20th) to her.
We will have a little book there where people can leave some notes about her which we then will give to her sister who accompanied her in the last stages of her life.
Please come and help us remember her.
(We will have a separate 'official' announcement for the upcoming ceili shortly.