The Dublin Irish Celebration is pleased to sponsor the 2019 Dublin Irish Festival Academy. Just prior to the kick-off of the Festival, join us for classes on Friday, August 2nd for a rare opportunity for hands-on learning from Internationally renowned talent!

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Our music class line-up includes 3 musicians from the Irish band – Slide: Dave Curley on banjo, Daire Bracken on fiddle, and Éamonn de Barra on tin whistle and from the band, DOOLIN, Josselin Fournel on bodhran. All skill levels are welcome. Please bring your instrument! Instruments will not be provided.


If you don't play an instrument, the Academy also features: Joe Seletski teaching Irish Dance and Mick Broderick, teaching a wee bit o’ Irish language.


Our Genealogy class line-up is impressive with four different ways to learn about your heritage. Genealogy specialists will lead classes in Understanding DNA and Genealogy, Irish Research on the Internet, Doing Research Locally in Ohio and Scot – Irish Research. While it is not required, feel free to bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone to check out the Internet resources discussed in class. WIFI will be available.

Join us in learning and celebrating all things Irish. Whether you have a wee bit of experience, or no experience at all – it will be a fun and educational experience.

Class sizes are limited to provide quality experiences for attendees so sign up NOW! Sorry, we cannot offer refunds for attendee cancellations or no-shows.

All Classes will be held at the Embassy Suites which is conveniently located at 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, Ohio 43017. Enter through the Hotel’s main entrance and we will see you there! For questions, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Classes with less than five registered attendees are subject to cancellation and refunds will be issued.

Class Instructors

Joseph P. Seletski - Irish Step Dancing

Joseph began his career in Irish Step Dancing at the age of 4 under the direction of Ellen Cunningham, TCRG. When Ms. Cunningham decided to retire from teaching, Joseph’s parents enrolled himself and his sisters into classes under the direction of Donny Golden, ADCRG. Joseph and his siblings competed at feiseanna for many years as well as the Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas, North American Championships, All-Ireland Championships and World Championships. During his competitive career, Joseph held the Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas title and successfully medaled at the North American Championships and All Ireland Championships. Joseph graduated from Queens College with a Bachelors in Sociology. He successfully passed his TCRG exam in 2004 and has been a member of CLRG since then. In 2013, Joseph successfully passed his ADCRG exam. He currently assists Donny at class and always appreciates the opportunity to give back to the next generation what was given to him.

Mick Broderick with SLIDE - Irish Language Class

Mick Broderick, of the Broderick’s of East Galway, grew up in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin where he learned mandolin under the tutelage of local musician Tom Moran. Some years later Mick found and developed a deep affinity with the bouzouk and quickly became in great demand on the Dublin (Ireland) music scene. Before long he began recording with various artists such as Padraig Rynne, Gavin Whelan, Zoe Conway, Bill Whelan (Riverdance) and Neil Lyons, among others. He went on to be one of the founding members of the headlining band SLIDE with whom he became very familiar to audiences throughout Ireland, Europe and America. Now based in Dublin, Ohio, Mick continues to write, record and produce music at the highest level, most recently with Dave Curley on the highly acclaimed album ‘Brand New Day’. Following in the footsteps of the great composer Vincent Broderick and piano player with Arcady, Patsy Broderick, Mick continues to invigorate the Irish music tradition, finding unique ways of expression and originality. Mick is also a 5th grade teacher in Westerville, Ohio, where he not only teaches his homeroom class but also a mandolin orchestra in the mornings before school. See more about SLIDE by visiting https://www.slide-ireland.com/

Daire Bracken with SLIDE - Fiddle Class

Daire Bracken is well known as a creative fiddle player and founding member of the successful bands Slide, Danú and the Munnelly Band. Hailing from a musical family located close the CCÉ Headquarters in Monkstown, Co. Dublin, afforded him great exposure from a young age to some of the country’s finest musicians as they passed through the capital. Absorbing these influences, his exploratory style has intrigued listeners and brought about many musical collaborations. He has toured with the likes of Stockton’s Wing, Púca, Salsa Celtica, Bray Vista, Hazel O’Connor, the Black Family, Niamh Parsons, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill; including privileged recording and performances with the late Liam Clancy, Dia lena Anam. Teaching is an inherited skill, with over 20 years of teaching for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí na hÉireann, Waltons New School of Music, Ballyfermot College of Further Educaton, University College Dublin and various schools worldwide. His clear and patient imparting of his insight into various fiddle styles is well received at workshops. Recent projects include a rejuvenation and interpretation of Early Irish Poetry into music with Lorcán MacMathúna, documentaries, film soundtracks, fusion band Electric Céilí and collaboration with select artists from around the world for Globe the Show. See more about SLIDE by visiting https://www.slide-ireland.com/

Dave Curley with SLIDE - Banjo Class

Limerick’s groundbreaking Irish Music and Dance programme with a 1st class honours. Dave became a creative member of award-winning bands SLIDE and RUNA. He also regularly performs with Grammy Award winner, Moya Brennan of Clannad. More recently Dave has been performing with ‘Instrumental band of the Decade,’ The Brock McGuire Band. Dave has also recorded with producer, Donal Lunny and Grammy award winners Ron Block, Jeff Taylor and Buddy Green. His most recent record, ‘A Brand New Day’ marks a new beginning in his musical career and showcases his vocals and writing style which has a contemporary sensibility whilst rooted in tradition. SLIDE is a high energy quintet described by The Irish Times as “Irish music with attitude”. Their most recent recording, Mendicity, received fantastic reviews and features the ‘striking and contemporary’ vocals of Curley. SLIDE seems to transcend the genre of Irish music and deliver something special to an audience. RUNA is a Celtic Roots band based in Philadelphia. This group has established themselves as one of the most exciting and invigorating acts to grace the Irish music scene in the USA. Blending Celtic with Folk and Bluegrass music, RUNA, has won numerous awards such as ‘Best World/Traditional Song’ – Independent Music Awards and the ‘Top Group’ and ‘Top Traditional Group’ from the Irish Music Awards. See more about SLIDE by visiting https://www.slide-ireland.com/

Éamonn de Barra with SLIDE - Tin Whistle Class

Éamonn de Barra was born in Dublin where he now lives and began to play music at a young age under the instruction of his uncle Seán Ó Tuama. He comes from one of the most musical homes in Dublin, where his family has a long tradition of music par excellence. Éamonn won the Young Traditional Musician of The Year Award in 2000 and is a member of the critically acclaimed traditional band Slide who have received a number of awards for their work. He has toured Europe, North America, Australia and Japan extensively. Éamonn joined the Damien Dempsey Band in 2003 and has been creatively involved with the recording of four of his albums, one of which (Shots) went straight in to the Irish charts at number one. Éamonn has worked on Television Productions including Flosc, a show specializing in traditional Irish Music, and Imeall an arts orientated show that has an avant garde feel to it. Artists Éamonn has recorded with or collaborated include Slide, Damien Dempsey, Moya Brennan, John Reynolds, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Marcia Howard, Geraldine MacGowan, Hazel O’Connor and many more. See more about SLIDE by visiting https://www.slide-ireland.com/

Josselin Fournel with DOOLIN - Bodhran Class

Passionate about rhythm and all types of percussion, Josselin discovered the bodhrán during a visit to Ireland. A disciple of the 5 times All-Ireland champion Junior Davey, he is largely self-taught. To the audience’s delight, he has introduced new rhythms, originating from drumming, into his playing. His innovative style, energy and technical prowess contributed to his becoming the 2004 bodhrán vice-champion of Ireland. He is considered one of the most creative and virtuoso bodhrán players of his day. As a member of the renowned band Doolin he continues to wow audiences not only in his native France, but all over the world. See more about Josselin by visiting http://www.doolin.fr/english/biography/

Dwight Radford - Irish Research on the Internet and Scot-Irish Research

Dwight Radford has been a professional genealogist for over 30 years. He lives in the Salt Lake City area where he utilizes the collections at the Family History Library. Dwight has specialized in all types of research involving ancestors in Ireland as well as “getting them over the water.” However, he is versed in the British Isles and English speaking Canada. His interests also include mixed-race American ethnic groups and their Scots-Irish connections. This includes Native American and African American. He has lectured widely and written numerous articles. Dwight currently writes regularly for The Septs magazine published by the Irish Genealogical Society International. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and his website is www.thejourneyhomegenealogy.com.

Kelli Bergheimer - Understanding DNA and Genealogy

Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker. Kelli holds a Bachelor’s in Biology, a Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s in Business Management. Kelli is a math and science editor for Smart Education K-12 textbook company located in Dubai writing textbooks for the MENA region Middle East Northern Africa. Kelli runs two small businesses Geo-Centric Learning and Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company with an accompanying blog, YouTube channel, and online store. Kelli is the Central Ohio DNA Interest Group facilitator. Kelli is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild. Follow Kelly on Twitter @messonthedesk or follow her blog at messonthedesk.com/wordpress

Russ Pollitt - Doing Research Locally in Ohio

With today’s access to technology such as Ancestry and FamilySearch we have a world of information at our fingertips to find information about our ancestors. Yet, oftentimes we still cannot find our ancestor in the millions of records available online. You will learn tips and tricks on how to refine your research to better find your ancestors online using Ancestry and FamilySearch and you will also learn about resources that are not available online and only accessible in local courthouses, archives, libraries and genealogy and historical societies where your ancestors lived.

Russ Pollitt is the Genealogy Subject Specialist for Columbus Metropolitan Library. He has spent over 40 years doing research and helping others find their ancestors. He speaks around Ohio on various genealogy topics, and currently serves as Vice President of the Ohio Genealogical Society, trustee of the Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society, the board of the Palatines to America Society, and the Ohio Historical Records and Advisory Board.


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