Des Keogh talks to Irish dancing teacher Lily Comerford in this 'Newsbeat' feature from 17 September 1964.
Des Keogh talks to Irish dancing teacher Lily Comerford in this 'Newsbeat' feature from 17 September 1964. Dublin-born Comerford regularly travelled throughout Europe with her troupe of dancers. She founded the Irish Folk Song and Dance Society in 1951 to bring folk performers of different nationalities together. Many dancers came to Ireland every year to perform in the international folk dance festival she organised. Lily Comerford died in 1970.
In this report she tells Des Keogh how appreciated Irish dancers are on the continent. Lily Comerford is worried about the lack of interest in céilí dancing, and is not a great fan of rock'n'roll. The problem with Irish dancers who dance competitively is that they don't enjoy it. They are too strait-laced.