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President’s chat – The ball

A Cháirde,

The St. Patrick’s Society of Selangor will host their 93rd annual Ball this year on March 17 at the Shangri-La Hotel here in Kuala Lumpur where approximately 940 people will celebrate Ireland’s National day. The Ball itself takes months of organising and with the help of the committee members and past presidents, the job always gets done.

This year marks the final year for Lynette Rock, the current Irish dancing teacher in KL to be involved with the Irish dancing exhibition. After 7 years here in KL and after 30 odd years of teaching Irish dancing here, in Singapore and in the UK, Lynette has decided to hang up her dancing shoes.However, she is handing over the baton to a new teacher so we hope the tradition of having Irish dancing at the Ball will continue.

For the last number of years, there has been a community performance. It differs each year but for the last few years, Ben James has arranged the music and coached the group. Unfortunately this year due to a work commitment, Ben will miss the Ball itself but he has still continued to coach. The volunteers in the group vary from year to year and their commitment is always valued. This segment of the evening is always thoroughly enjoyed by the guests.

Watching the rugby after the formalities are over is always a treat for many guests and this year, the England-Ireland game will draw many viewers. It is being played at 10.45 KL time, just after we finish all the formalities. Thank you to the 6 Nations organisers for that. It’s nice they keep us in mind for these things!

Our band this year are called Newfoundland and they hail from the South East of Ireland. Their eclectic mix of traditional and modern will certainly attract people onto the dance floor. They aim, with a few short breaks, to keep playing until the early hours of the morning. Once again, the Shangri-La will have breakfast for those intrepid guests who continue until morn but be warned that breakfast is at your own cost and not part of the Ball proceedings.

So as dresses are chosen, tuxedo’s are dry cleaned, hair and make up is organised and baby sitting arranged, spare a thought for the committee who will be working non stop right up to and during the Ball. The sense of satisfaction they will feel when everything comes together means the world to them so here’s to another ‘Best Ball Ever!’ 

Enjoy!

Catherine

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