Newcastle Irish Set

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

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

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


  • Central Coast and Newcastle Irish Set Dancers held a great ceili on Sunday, 26th November with Ian Hayden leading The Lakes Ceili Band providing us with great live music. Greg and Jackie made a special trip up from Canberra to help lead (and provide the PA!) A whole host of support musicians from the Hunter, the Central Coast and Sydney helped make the event a very memorable affair.
    Dancers came from Newcastle, various places on the Central Coast and from Sydney. A great feature was dancing James Garner's Hunter Valley Set.
  • A new 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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Coming Events

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

Sets from last class…

Ballykeale Set

Hunter Valley Set (written by James Garner)

Other Events...

Tues, 7:15-9:15pm ** Newcastle Irish Set Dancers.
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
Sat, 2 Dec - night ** INA Ceili – Gaelic Club, Surry Hills (Sydney) with Jimmy Mullarkey Ceili Band. $15 / Light Supper provided. Sets to be danced: Antrim Square, Ballykeale, Ballyvourney Jig, Connemara, Corofin Plain, Mercheant, Plain Set, West Kerry. Contact Trish (02) 9580 4865 or .
Sun, 3 Dec,  3-6pm Traditional Irish Session (1st Sunday of each month): Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Contact Gabriele or Sharyn M: 0418146555 or M: 0418146554 or .
Sun, 17 Dec, 4-6pm Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday of each month): Hotel Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or .
Sat, 17 March 2018 ** St Patrick's Day Ceili – Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers at Kingsgrove Uniting Church Hall [Cnr Kingsgrove Rd & Moreton Ave] (Sydney) with the Coast Ceili Band. Admission $15. Contact Margaret 0419 334 335.
Sun, 18 March 2018
Tentative booking
Traditional Irish St.Patrick's Ceili: Lake Macquarie Hotel (opposite Morisset Railway Station). Dance demonstrations, concert pieces, singing, … Contact Gabriele or Sharyn M: 0418146555 or M: 0418146554 or .
29 March-2 April 2018 National Folk Festival
Get in early to secure your tickets at the best possible price. For more information on Performers, festival ticketing, venues, etc. please visit the website.
27-29 April 2018 ** Comhaltas Melbourne - Set Dance Weekend with special guest instructor Pat Murphy. Ceili music with the Melbourne Comhaltas Band. Contact Mary McBride 03 9435 4435 or Johanna O'Reilly 0428 564 266 .
12-14 October 2018 ** Canberra Irish Set Dancing Weekend featuring Pat Murphy, Set Dance Master from Ireland.

Note: events with ** 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 daned at the occasional ceili.

More Information

Irish Set Dance Instructions

Contact details

For more information choose one of the categories below, or contact one of the teachers:
   Arthur Kingsland and Julia Smith
      Telephone: (02) 4955 5701
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Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club.