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                                   Horgan Academy of Irish Dance Connecticut

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 Faculty

Dr. Irene Horgan, TCRG, ADCRG, Ph.D.

Miss Irene is a certified Irish step dance teacher and adjudicator of Irish dance. In 2018, Irene was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Limerick in Ireland.  She has judged the NAFC Junior and Senior Championship Belts, the Eastern States Oireachtas, the Mid-Atlantic Region Oireachtas, and many feiseanna. Irene is an active member of the Irish Dance Teachers' Association of North America, the New England Region Irish Dance Teachers' Association, and the North American Feis Commission. Under her dedicated instruction, Horgan Academy students have competed and received awards at the New England Irish Dance Championships Oireachtas, the North American Irish Dance Championships, the All Ireland Irish Dance Championships, and the World Championships of Irish Dancing.

Irene choreographed the Irish dancing segments for Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel at the Seven Angels Theater and the Lord of the Dance segment for the 2010 Waterbury Symphony Orchestra Dance spectacular at the Palace Theater.

On St. Patrick's Day 2010, she was selected by the AOH as "an individual that exemplifies the Irish community's heritage and values while contributing to the enrichment of the community" and proclaimed by the Borough of Naugatuck as 2010 Irish Mayor for the Day, along with Maureen. She was also presented with an official Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly which read in part:

"In recognition of being named Irish Mayor for the day in Naugatuck.  Your work on behalf of the Irish community has been truly unselfish and exemplary.  It serves as a model for all.  We join with family and friends in thanking you for your generous gifts of time and talent to your community."   

     On May 1, 2012, Irene received the 2012 Liberty Bell Award during Law Day ceremonies sponsored by the Greater New Britain Bar Association at New Britain Superior Court.

Irene assures each student that practice is the key to excellence and always encourages dancers to dance their best.

Dr. Maureen Horgan, TMRF, J.D., Ph.D.

Miss Maureen is a certified Irish Ceili Dance teacher and an active member of the Irish Dance Teachers' Association of North America, the New England Region Irish Dance Teachers' Association, and the North American Feis Commission. She holds a J.D. from Quinnipiac University, and a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

     On March 29, 2018,  the "Mayor of Naugatuck, in conjunction with the Exchange Club of Naugatuck and the citizens of this community" proclaimed "Maureen Horgan Citizen of the Year" and "2018 Community Champion".  Maureen also was recognized with an Official Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly which read in part:

     "In recognition of your selection as the Naugatuck Exchange Club's 2018 Citizen of the Year.  Your Outstanding efforts above and beyond the call of duty in service to the Naugatuck Community are recognized and commended by the entire delegation.  We wish you many years of continued public service and success."

On St. Patrick's Day 2010, she was selected by the AOH as "an individual that exemplifies the Irish community's heritage and values while contributing to the enrichment of the community" and proclaimed by the Borough of Naugatuck as 2010 Irish Mayor for the Day, along with Irene. She was also recognized with an official Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly which read in part:

"In recognition of being named Irish Mayor for the day in Naugatuck.  Your work on behalf of the Irish community has been truly unselfish and exemplary.  It serves as a model for all.  We join with family and friends in thanking you for your generous gifts of time and talent to your community."  

Maureen enjoys building teamwork and cooperation skills among all levels of students through ceili dancing.

Founder: Mrs. Maura Horgan, Feis Secretary

Mrs. Horgan - our "Irish Dancer Mom"! Maura excelled in traditional Irish Dance in her native County Leitrim, Ireland. She served as Feis Secretary for all Horgan Academy sponsored feiseanna as a member of the North American Feis Commission.

Mrs. Horgan was honored as Naugatucks's Irish Mayor for St. Patrick's Day 1999 and awarded an official Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly "in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the community and her status as an exemplary role model of Irish heritage and culture."

In 1999, the President of Ireland presented Mrs. Horgan with a message, which read in part:

"Dance has always held a special place in the culture of Ireland and through the tireless efforts of people like Maura, it has also played a key role in the fostering of a sense of community among Irish people abroad. We can be reassured that the promotion of Irish Culture is in very good hands."

Irish traditions have been passed on to each and every Horgan Academy dancer.

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