Irish Set Dancing Weekend

16th annual Irish Set Dancing weekend: Friday 7 October – Sunday 9 October 2022

Hall Pavilion, Gladstone St (Showground), Hall ACT 2618. Location map

We’re back! After a two year hiatus, the Irish Set Dancing weekend is happening again.

Saturday and Sunday teaching sessions with James and Sally Garner
Saturday evening ceili with Ian Hayden & Friends Ceili Band.

$75 for the full weekend (session tickets available). 10% discount for bookings by 11 September. We are trialling a new booking system with a commerical booking company. A link will be added here shortly.

Meet up at King O’Malley’s in the city on Friday 7 October for a ‘meet and greet’. Catch up with old and new friends, and dance in the pub to kick off the weekend.

If you wish to be on the mailing list for this event, please email us: isdcanberra@gmail.com

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The event was not held in 2020 or 2021 due to Covid-19.

To remind you of the fun we have had in previous years, below is bit about the last two events.

15th annual weekend, 11 – 13 October 2019

Attended by close to 100 people from around Australia, the weekend featured workshops with Margaret and Bill Winnett (NSW) and Matt Harriage (Vic), and three ceilis dancing to the music of The Friends Ceili Band.

Even if we didn’t perfect the more difficult moves of some new and intricate sets taught at the workshops, there was much hilarity in trying to get there. Some dancers came well prepared for the challenge; wearing T-shirts proclaiming: It’s not a mistake – It’s just a variation.

The Friends Ceili Band, led by Ian Hayden, gave us wonderful music for three ceilis over the weekend. As has become a bit of a tradition, numbers swelled on the Friday and Saturday evenings with people drawn by the opportunity to dance to live, and lively, Irish music.

The Embassy of Ireland has been a generous sponsor and supporter of the dance weekend in previous years, and was so again in 2019. The ISD group is very grateful to the Embassy of Ireland for its ongoing sponsorship and support.

14th annual weekend, 12-14 October 2018

We crammed over 130 people into the Hall Pavilion for a fantastic weekend of dancing and laughter. We were so very fortunate to have Maureen Culleton, Irish Set Dancing Master from County Laois. We learned so much from her in just two days, including Sean N’os (solo dancing), and were treated to her singing for us in Gaelic.

The Jimmy Mullarkey Ceili Band gave us ‘can’t sit in your seat’ music for three ceilis. Nothing like live music to get people onto the floor.

Photos: melbourneceilicamera.org

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