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Ceol na nGael
Hosts: Ryan Slattery and Patrick Breen
Ryan Slattery came to Fordham from Cresskill, New Jersey. His love for Irish tradition and music comes from his family's strong Irish background, which has been embraced since his ancestors' arrival in America from Galway, Dublin, and Cork in 1848. Seeking to learn more about his family's roots and the Irish tradition, Ryan was eager to join Ceol na nGael, where he has learned a lot from the great radio community he loves so much.
Patrick Breen has deep ties to the Irish community, with family roots in counties Leitrim, Mayo, and Clare, and listened to Ceol na nGael as a kid, in his parents' car on the way to band practice in New Jersey. He plays fiddle and mandolin, and has competed in the all-ireland irish music competition, Fleadh Cheoil. An irish dancer since age 4, he's a member and Choreography Director for the Fordham Irish Dance team "Sláinte." He competed at the world championships of irish dance in Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, and in the U.S. Patrick says, "I was extremely eager to join Ceol na nGael from the moment I decided on attending Fordham!"