Newcastle Irish Set

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Welcome to the New Year!
Look forward to our next dance class on Tuesday, 5th February at The Place (Charlestown Community Centre).

Irish Set dancing classes - the social dancing of the Irish. Come and join the craic!

The group dances at The Place - Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown (Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia). The group is part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club. The Place also generously supports the classes.

Regular classes – Next class 5th February 2019

Every Tuesday from 7:15-9:15 pm at The Place - Charlestown Community Centre, cnr Frederick & Ferris Sts, Charlestown.
Cost: $5 for members of the Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club / $6 for non-members.
Downloadable map (PDF) showing how to get to our venue.

New to Irish Set Dancing? Have a look at our Handy Hints for Beginners


We have classes every week from the start of February through to mid December (with the exception of the Tuesday immediately following Easter).

  • The Australian Irish Set Dance community is saddened by the passing of Norm Merrigan who led the Coast Ceili Band for many years playing for the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers weekly classes, and at many ceilis in Sydney, Gundagai, Goulburn, Yass, Canberra, etc. Our thoughts are with Pam and her family.
  • We're taking a break until the first Tuesday in February (5th), so we hope to see everyone back at The Place (Charlestown Community Centre).
  • The Place have launched a fresh, new website -
  • A video of the Charlestown Set has appeared on the internet hosted by the Association Ceili 7 en Vienne: YouTube video. …opens in a new window!
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Sets for Trentham workshops…

The sets for Arthur's Trentham Irish Set-Dancing Weekend workshops (and ceilis) are:

Charlestown Set

Hunter Valley Set

Sets from the last class…

We danced various figures from the following sets:

Merchant Set

Claddagh Set

Charlestown Set

Cashel Set

Other Events...

Dance Event Newcastle Irish Set DancersNote: Class in recess until February 2019
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Fri-Sun, 18-20 January 2019 Dance Event Trentham Irish Set-Dancing Weekend. Saturday night Ceili with Paddy Fitzgerald & The Melbourne Ceili Band. Sunday afternoon Ceili with Borderline Kaylee. Workshops with Kirsty & Richard Greenwood, Matt Harriage
& Arthur Kingsland
Info: Rachel McIntosh: 0430 934 329 or / George Ansell: 03 9890 5650 or / Mary Reilly: 03 9499 5965 or …opens in a new window!
Sun, 20 Jan, 3-6 pm Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday of each month): The Town Hall Hotel (Cnr Turton Rd & Station St). Off-street parking via Station St / Close to Waratah Railway Station. Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sun, 3 February 2019, 3-6pm Traditional Irish Session (1st Sunday each month): Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn
Tue, 5 February 2019
Dance EventNewcastle Irish Set Dancers first class at The Place for 2019.
Sat, 16 March 2019
Dance Event St Patrick's Eve Ceili – Kingsgrove Uniting Church Hall (enter from Moreton Ave, Kingsgrove). Hosted by the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers with music by The Coast Ceili Band. Entry $15 – Supper provided. Enquiries to Margaret Winnett …opens in a new window!

Note: events with Dance Event on the left are event primarily with Irish Set Dancing. The others have only part (or none) of the event devoted to Irish Set Dancing.
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Local contributions to the Irish Set Dance community

Two Irish Set dances have been created directly connected to our local group:

  • The Charlestown Set was written by Julia Smith and entered into the “New Irish Set Dances” competition conducted at the “Sweets of May” festival in Tralee, Ireland in 2013. This set is becoming increasingly popular, not only in Australia, but also in Ireland and quite a few other countries. For example, there is a YouTube video …opens in a new window! of this set being taught by the Association Ceili 7 en Vienne.
  • The Hunter Valley Set was written by James Garner (a former member of the Newcastle Irish Set Dancers, now resident in Sydney) was also entered in the same “New Irish Set Dances” competition. James’ set won the competition! James' set has also been taught at workshops and danced at the occasional ceili.

More Information

Irish Set Dance Instructions

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers concentrates on dancing sets, but occasionally dances some ceili dances. We have instructions for various Set Dances and a few ceili dances.

Contact details

For more information choose one of the categories below, or contact one of the teachers:
   Arthur Kingsland and Julia Smith
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Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club.

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