Irish dancer steps up for troops in Iraq
Lieutenant Kaitlin Kenny organizing ceilis for U.S. troops
“Mom, can you send my soft shoes over? We're doing a ceili for the troops.”
These were the words of First Lieutenant Kaitlin Kenny to her mom a few weeks before St. Patrick ’s Day.
Jack and Marti are extremely proud of Kaitlin, who began her first tour in Iraq in January. In the run-up to St Patrick's Day, the lieutenant was thinking of ways to lift the morale of the troops. A longtime Irish dancer, she decided that a good ‘ol ceili would be just the thing to rouse the men and women at the base.
Once she got her shoes from home, she duly ceilied St. Patrick's Day away and taught some of her colleagues some jigs and reels.
“It’s the spirit of the Irish to have a good time,” says Marti as Jack chimed in: “And make everyone around them have a good time too!”
Her husband Jack traces his Irish heritage to County Mayo.