We have classes every week from the start of February through to mid December (with the exception of the
Tuesday immediately following Easter).
|| ** Newcastle Irish Set
Regular class at The Place, Charlestown Community Centre in Charlestown Shopping Centre.
|29 March-2 April
||National Folk Festival
For more information on Performers, festival ticketing, venues, etc. please visit
|Tue, 3 April
||No class – Tuesday immediately following Easter
|Sun, 15 Apr, 4-6pm
||Irish Music Session (3rd Sunday of each month): Hotel
Bennett, (cnr. Steel & Denison Rds, Hamilton). Contact Shayne or Roz 4967 3167 or
||** Comhaltas Melbourne - Set Dance Weekend with special guest instructor Pat
Murphy. Ceili music with the Melbourne Comhaltas Band. Contact Mary McBride 03 9435
or Johanna O'Reilly 0428 564 266
|Sun, 6 May, 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
|Sat, 26 May
||Sydney Irish Set Dance ceilis for 2018…
26 May, 25 August, 22 September, 27 October and 1 December
||** 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 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.
For more information choose one of the categories below, or contact one of the teachers:
and Julia Smith
Telephone: (02) 4955 5701
Newcastle Irish Set Dancers are part of the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk