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Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary celebration

Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary celebration
American Croatian Lodge
July 21, 2018

In 1978 Sheila Murphy made a trip to Ireland to take the teacher and adjudicator tests in order to open an Irish dance school with full recognition from An'Comisiun in Ireland. She passed both tests and started the Murphy Irish Arts Center in September of 1978.

The Murphy Irish Arts Center 40th anniversary dinner dance was held July 21, 2018.

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Bob Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Bob Crawford


In this video, Sheila Murphy Crawford welcomed the crowd to the 40th anniversary event and introduced the first Irish dance performance - their Championship Solo Reel.

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Murphy Irish Dancers at Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary

Murphy Irish Dancers at Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary


Murphy Irish Dancers at Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary

Sheila told how some things have changed and others have remained the same in these 40 years.



Sheila Murphy Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford


Murphy Irish Arts costumes

Murphy Irish Arts costumes



Murphy Irish Arts costumes


Murphy Irish Arts costumes

1978 Murphy Irish Arts costumes


Murphy Irish Arts costumes

1994 Murphy Irish Arts costumes


Murphy Irish Arts costumes

2018 Murphy Irish Arts costumes



In this performance the dancers performed to the Rocky Road to Dublin. Founder Sheila Murphy Crawford said she first choreographed that dance about 35 years ago.



Murphy Irish Dancers at Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary

Murphy Irish Dancers at Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary

In her presentation, Sheila thanked Gerry Quinn for all his support of the Irish community. She then thanked ClevelandPeople.com and Dan Hanson and Debbie Hanson for their support of the Irish and all ethnic communities.



Sheila Murphy Crawford with Dr. Wael and Mrs. Khoury

Sheila Murphy Crawford with Dr. Wael and Mrs. Khoury


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A highlight of the evening was when founder Sheila Murphy Crawford called up current dancers and alumni for this dance that has begun their shows for 40 years.



Murphy Irish dancers alumni

Murphy Irish dancers alumni

Murphy Irish dancers alumni

Maureen Cavanugh and Sheila Murphy Crawford

Maureen Cavanaugh and Sheila Murphy Crawford


Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary group

Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary group


Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary group

Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary group


Enjoy these other images from the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary event.

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Bob Crawford

Sheila Murphy Crawford and Bob Crawford


Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary banner

Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary banner


2018 St Patrick's Day Parade Awards

2018 St Patrick's Day Parade Awards


Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary display

Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary display


Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary display


Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary award


Dancing at the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary party

Dancing at the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary party


Dancing at the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary party


Murphy Irish dancers at the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary party

Murphy Irish dancers at the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary party


Murphy Irish dancers at the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary party


Murphy Irish dancers at the Murphy Irish Arts 40th anniversary party


Congratulations Sheila and Bob

Congratulations Sheila and Bob




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