Irish dancing group helps locals enjoy St. Patrick’s Day fun

CHICAGO — A small school gymnasium on the northwest side of Chicago came alive Thursday with the sounds of the Emerald Isle.

The Trinity Irish Dancers are in full swing for St. Patrick’s Day with show after show on Thursday, including a St. Edward’s Catholic School.

Michaela Donohue told WGN News that she has been teaching for more than a decade at the school. His involvement in the well-known group, however, lasts much longer.

“I’ve been involved with the organization for almost 35 years since I was a tiny little dancer myself,” Donohue said.

One of Donohue’s youngest students is Charlie Truskoski, who explained why she loved Irish dancing.

“My favorite thing is how fun it is to dance in front of the audience,” Charlie said.

Neither Charlie nor little sister Willa have a problem being in the spotlight.

“My mom says really good smiles, really good arms and really good applause,” Charlie said.

Charlie’s sound advice comes from his mother, Hannah Johnson, who also danced. Johnson is also a former student of Michaelas.

“I think it’s such a testament to what Trinity does. It builds community and Irish dancing does that in general, but it’s such a joy to see the full circle experience,” Johnson said.

The excitement speaks to the deep and multi-generational roots of Irish culture in this city.

“Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all Trinity Irish Dancers,” Charlie said.

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