Once again, we have the very generous support of Daesung to thank for the use of their excellent facilities at the D-Cube Center in Sindorim Seoul.
Don’t forget there’s a fancy dress competition with cash prizes. We’ve got a great raffle courtesy of our sponsors Etihad and Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel (more info about this later today). Can you play music? Then bring your instrument along and join in the music session in the Irish Village. You can even learn some simple Irish dances. If you’re the sporting type then you need to meet the Seoul Gaels who’ll be doing some skills demonstrations. It promises to be a great day with music, dancing, food, activities for kids and much better weather than in Ireland!
And it’s not over at 5pm. We’re having a hooley in The Bull & Barrel in Itaewon with 4 bands downstairs and possibly the biggest Irish traditional music session ever in Korea upstairs. Read about what we have planned here (or over here on Facebook).
Tap Pung (one of the best exponents of Irish Dancing in Asia) just confirmed their brilliance by winning stacks of medals at Feis Shanghai. They lead a team of Korean dancers to the feis and between them all they have won approximately 30 medals. Ok here’s what was won (deep breath and we’ve probably got some of it wrong – I blame our correspondant on the ground in Shanghai – one Shauna Browne).
Park Jun Woo from Korea won
In the U40 competition members of Tap Pung took
Reel 2nd and 3rd
Light jig 1st 2nd 3rd
Slip jig 1st 2nd 4th
Single jig 1st 4th
Primary comp U18 박준우 took
Light jig 1st
Slip jig 1st
Single jig 1st
Treble jig 1st
In the U40 primary comp there were wins in
Reel 1st 3rd
Slip jig 3rd
Light jig 1st 3rd 4th
Single jig 1st 4th
Hornpipe 1st 3rd 4th
Treble jig 2nd 4th.
Trad set 2nd
Congratulations to all those dancers and a reminder that you should come and see Tap Pung in action at the St Patrick’s Day festival next Sat! They might even give you a couple of tips about your jig.
Are you going to wear a fancy dress for the costume competition? Would you like to win return flights from Seoul to Dublin? Have you heard about the new area we will have called Irish Village? Are you going to come and dance and enjoy the music? Do you want to try your hand at playing some Irish musical instruments? Will you come to the evening party in The Bull & Barrel in Itaewon? To help you answer these questions have a read about what we have planned here (or if you prefer over on Facebook or Meetup).
We’re running quite a lot of events this December and we hope that you have time to come along to one (or all of them).
First up this weekend we have the December Irish Session Jam which will be at Freeport in Hongdae, on Sat Dec 8th at 17:30. This is an informal gathering of musicians playing and celebrating their common interest in a relaxed manner with an audience who likes to listen to good music. More details here.
The following day (Sun 9th at 13:15 near Hapjeong station) there is a opportunity to learn some traditional Irish step dancing. This hour long class is designed for complete beginners. All you need is some comfortable shoes and clothes. Come along, meet new people and learn some Irish dancing! More details here.
The big event in our December calendar is the IAK Christmas party. This year it takes place at Bar Americano on Sat Dec 15th (starting at 7:30 pm). We’ve got some great music lined up for the evening, promotions on drinks and a raffle with fantastic prizes. More info here (and on Meetup and Facebook)
Then what better way to get ready for the NY than to continue on with those traditional Irish step dancing classes. On Sun 30th at 13:15 near Hapjeong station) there is another hour long class designed for complete beginners. All you need is some comfortable shoes and clothes. Come along, meet new people and learn some Irish dancing! More details here.
The summer months are always a little quiet for us here in the Irish Association of Korea as many of our organising committee usually travel outside of the country for whatever reasons. However, September always sees us returning to action with a bang, and this year is no exception.
So far the IAK have a number of events scheduled, and we are, as always, looking to do more. Below is a list of upcoming events and notices which we’d like to share with you, and we hope that you can join us at these over the coming months.
We will be hosting our annual céilí this year on September 15. The céilí will be hosted in D-Cube Plaza in Sindorim. Taking place in the afternoon, we will have dancing and live music throughout the afternoon. As always, this event has no cover charge and everyone is welcome to join in. Please visit our Facebook and Meetup pages for event details and updates. This event is very kindly supported by Daesung Corporation and the Embassy of Ireland.
Meet & Greet
Our regular monthly meet and greet events continue to gather pace, and Café Eire is slowly running out of space to seat us! Don’t let that hold you back, this is a great afternoon of tea, chat, a bit of music, and a few jars if you’re interested. This event takes place on the second Saturday of every month. Visit our Facebook and Meetup pages for photos from previous events and for updates on coming events. September’s event will take place on September 8 at 5.30.
Irish Korean Essay Competition
We will be launching another essay competition for university students this Autumn. The prize is still lucrative: a month of study in Ireland, with flights and accommodation included. The topic of the essay is yet to be confirmed, but as soon as the details are ready we will post them on the website here. While you’re here, why not have a read of last year’s winner?
Volunteer with the IAK
The IAK is always looking for volunteers to help us organise our activities throughout the year. We don’t generally look for specific skills, as a lot of enthusiasm and stamina are just as helpful for getting through some of our more arduous moments. Much of our work is done behind the scenes throughout the year promoting and organising events, and if you feel that you have something to offer please contact us.
Also, if you are a musician who plays Irish music but is struggling to find fellow musicians, let us know and we’ll try and set you up with a few contacts.
Irish Language Night
We’ve received a certain amount of interest for an Irish language night to be held sometime in the future. We’re hoping that we can get this started, and even host it regularly, after the céilí in September. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.
The IAK In Your Area
There’s no doubt that the IAK is primarily active in and around Seoul. This is unfortunate and it is something we’d like to remedy. If you would like to host an Irish event in your neighbourhood or city, please contact us and we can help to promote it, or we can offer advice and support with the management of the event, among other things. We’ve been organising and promoting memorable events, both big (over 10,000 attendees) and small (less than ten) in Korea for over ten years. We are very eager to help spread Irishness around the peninsula. Please contact us to discuss any plans you might have.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all at our events over the next few months, and we hope that some of you will get in touch with us and help to keep the Irish Association of Korea an active cultural partner in the Korea.
Slán go fóill
A great celebration of the Irish modernist novel Ulysses takes place at Dongguk University this Thursday afternoon from 13:30 to 18:00. It is free and open to the public. It promises to be a very interesting afternoon full of variety with singing, music, poetry, short talks and of course readings from the book itself. It would be a worthwhile afternoon even if you haven’t got around to reading it yet (there are many in the same boat!)
A Bloomsday Celebration:
Irish and Transnational Literature and Culture
When: June 14 (Thursday), 1:30-6:00 pm
Where: Duk-Am Seminar Room, Culture Hall, 1st Floor, Dongguk University Seoul Campus
Hosted by ELLAK (English Language and Literature Association of Korea), Yeats Society of Korea, Department of English Language and Literature, Institute of English Cultural Studies of Dongguk University
Sponsored by Embassy of Ireland, National Research Foundation of Korea, Dongguk University
Opening Video: 2012 Bloomsday at Dongguk University
Part I: Opening Ceremony
MC: Prof. Maya Weimer (English, Dongguk University)
1:30~1:50 pm Opening Ceremony
-Opening Remarks: Prof. Youngmin Kim
President of ELLAK (English Language and Literature Association of Korea)
-Congratulatory Remarks I: H.E. Dr. Eammon McKee, Ambassador of Ireland
-Congratulatory Remarks II: Ven. Bupta Sunim, Dean of Religious Affairs,
-Congratulatory Remarks III: Prof. In-Je Kim, Dean of International Relations,
-Congratulatory Remarks IV: Prof. Ae-Ju Kim, Director of Institute of English Cultural Studies, Dongguk University
Part II: A Bloomsday Celebration: Joyce and Ulysses
1:50-2:20 pm: “Ulysses and the Narrative of Irish History”
H.E. Dr. Eammon McKee, Ambassador of Ireland:
2:20-2:40 pm Joyce and Nora: Readings by Undergraduates of Dongguk University
“Biography of Nora Barnacle”: Prof. Maya Weimer (English, Dongguk University)
2:40-2:50 pm: Irish Ballads meet Korean Folk Songs
Prof. Han Kim (English) and Jung-Woo Lee (Grad., English)
- Milyang Arirang
- Danny Boy
- The Last Rose of Summer
2:50-3:00 pm Break
A Bloomsday Celebration by English Department, Dongguk University
MC: Prof. Maya Weimer (English, Dongguk University)
3:00-3:30 pm: Irish Poetry Reading by Graduate Students (English, Dongguk University)
Jee-Hyun Kim: “O Do Not Love Too Long,” “He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven,” by Willliam Butler Yeats
Si-Hwa Moon: “From the Dressing-Room” by Medbh McGuckian
Eunji Lee: “It’s A Woman’s World” by Eavan Boland
Seonggyu Kim: “When You Are Old,” “No Second Troy” by William Butler Yeats
Seung-Myo Sunim: “Sailing to Byzantium” by Willliam Butler Yeats
Jim O’Sullivan: “A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford,” by Derek Mahon
3:30-3:40 pm: Two Irish Ballads: Violin Performance:
Sue Jean Joe (Graduate Student, English, Dongguk University)
3:40-4:10 pm Break & Video: Break with Irish Musicians (Snacks & Drinks offered)
MC: Seonggyu Kim (Graduate Student, English, Dongguk University)
Part III: A Bloomsday Celebration by Dongguk University
MC: Prof. Ewha Chung (English, Sungshin Women’s University)
4:10-4:40 pm: Marathon Reading of Joyce’s Ulysses:
Prof. Daniel O’Connell (Foreign Language Center, Dongguk University)
Prof. Virginia Chambers (Foreign Language Center, Dongguk University)
Prof. Ewha Chung (English, Sungshin Women’s University)
Prof. Oakley Atteson (English, Dongguk University)
Ms. Ruth Parkin (Deputy Chief of Mission, Irish Embassy)
4:40-5:10 pm Transnational Poetry: Undergraduates’ readings
Da-I Park, Da-eun Kim, Yu-jeong Kim, Seulgi Lee, Jee-Hee Hahn
Ja-Hye Lee, Anka Valentina Ciceo, Da-jeong Jang, Yoon-so Sun, Taewoo Lee
5:10-5:30 pm: A Bloomsday Celebration by the Student Body of English Department, Dongguk University
Ripdub Clip, Undergraduates, English, Dongguk University
Guitar and Songs: Chul Im & Yoon-hwi
Dance of the Sophomores
5:30-5:50: Chorus by Dongguk Faculty Chorus Club
- Distant Mountain
- Beautiful Country
6:00 pm: Closing
Join us this Saturday, March 10th, for the last ceili dancing before St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re polish off your dancing skills or just beginning, come along, have some fun and meet new people.
Further details here.
The IAK are proud to bring you St Patrick’s Festival 2012. This is the 12th year we’ve run this festival in Korea and we think this year will be one of the best. It takes place in the D-Cube Plaza near Sindorim station on Saturday March 17th (just over 2 weeks away), starting at 12:30 pm and finishing at 6 pm, and remember it is completely free. On stage we will have a great mix of music from Irish, Korean and international musicians, we’ll also have lots of Irish dancing and will be encouraging the audience to participate. Off stage we will have a range of Irish foods to sample, fun for kids (including face painting and balloon art), sporting demonstrations by the Seoul Gaels. Celebrations will continue after the daytime festival with a St Patrick’s party in the Rocky Mountain Tavern in Itaewon running from 7 pm til late. So put on your green clothes and come along on March 17th, everyone can be Irish for one day!
For full details look here http://iak.co.kr/events/st-patricks-2012/