GROTON -- The Flying Irish Dancers are coming to Groton.

On Saturday, March 15, the Flying Irish will be performing at the St. Patrick's contra dance at the Groton Grange Hall. They will dance during the break, at approximately 8:45 p.m.

The contra dance performance will be the first time the Flying Irish have been at the Grange, prior to classes being offered there starting in September.

Mary-Sarah O'Hanlon, director and instructor of the Flying Irish, taught an after-school session at the Florence Roche Elementary School in the fall, and her experiences teaching Groton children made her eager to open a location in the town.

"I really enjoyed teaching at Flo-Ro. The kids were so enthusiastic. We had a blast. I hope some of those students continue with lessons at the Grange Hall," she said.

The Flying Irish perform year-round and they compete.

Eilish Ferrara, 9, of Groton, is in her third year of lessons with the Flying Irish and has danced in solo and team competitions. She was a member of a four-hand dance that won third in the Mid-Atlantic Championships last January.

"I love traveling to competitions. Doing the group dance was fun because my friends and I were working together. We were so happy when we placed!" Eilish said.