My mother, Mae Penrose McManus, was born in the United States and raised by relatives in Ireland, in County Westmeath and County Cavan. After she married my father, Seamus McManus, in County Cavan, they moved to Westport, Co. Mayo. When I was ten years old I went with my mother to live in New York City with my grandmother, Catherine Penrose, at 235 East 53rd Street in Manhattan.
Mae Penrose McManus
ABOUT THE BOOK
There were two revolutions before in the United States, I was fortunate to be a part of the first revolution that introduced this style of dancing. In New York City the McNiff Irish Dancers and the main senior team called ‘The Big Eight’, (comprised of Hannah Mary O’Sullivan, Joan McNiff, Peggy Buckley and Eva McManus, Cyril McNiff, Mike Bergin, Jimmy Erwin and Peter Smith) were lucky to be in at the beginning of a great interest in this type of Irish dancing. Where did we come from and how did we get involved?.