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Sets.ie

the website for Irish set dancers

Welcome to Sets.ie, a website about Irish set dancing with an abundance of upcoming events, articles and photos. Set dancing is probably Ireland’s most popular form of traditional dance, and can be enjoyed all across the country and in many places around the world. For an introduction to set dancing, please read the article The Joy of Sets.

The site’s sections are described below with links to some of the contents. You can use the section titles as shortcuts—tap one and you’ll return to what you were last looking at. To return to the home page from elsewhere in the site, tap Sets.ie at the top left. The site’s full contents are available from menus which appear when you tap the capitalised heading or headings at the top of the window.

The Home page appears by default when you visit Sets.ie. If instead you would like skip the home page and return directly to what you were last looking at on your previous visit, tap the second option below.

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Calendar

thousands of Irish set dancing events

Today’s Calendar

ALL LOCATIONS

Sets.ie is the best source of information on upcoming set dancing ceilis, workshops and classes. Events taking place today are shown above.

Where would you like to go dancing? Tap on a location below to see the full calendar of events taking place there—

Do you follow a favourite ceili band? Look up the schedules for dozens of bands and musicians, including these popular ones—

Find classes and workshops by hundreds of teachers, including—

If your interests are more specialised, try looking here—

Don’t see what you’re looking for above? You can also view events for individual venues, callers and contacts, and more. Browse the full menus by clicking on HOME above and then choose the Calendar option. You’ll then see two extra menu headings giving access to all event categories. Also, look for the search icon % at the top right of the calendar page—tap it, type a few letters and you’ll see a list of matches.

Note that classes are normally hidden from view—there are so many that it makes it hard to find other events. If you’re specifically looking for classes, make sure they are visible. Tap the appropriate option below to change the setting.

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Set Dancing News

articles from the magazine for Irish set dancers, 2014–2017

Referred to as “the set dancer’s Bible” by some of its loyal readers, Set Dancing News magazine was published bimonthly for nineteen years from December 1997 to December 2016, a total of 115 issues. Here you’ll find articles from issues published from 2012 through 2016, plus a few from 2017 which have not been seen before. Earlier issues will be added until the full collection is online.

Shown below are links to the most recently added articles—just tap the one you’d like to read. To see all the issues and articles available, tap on HOME at the top and choose Set Dancing News. You’ll then see two more menu headings allowing you to choose any issue and article. While viewing articles, tap the search icon % at the top right to perform a text search of all the available issues and articles.

Photos

the largest online collection of Irish set dancing photos

A team of photographers documented set dancing events across and beyond Ireland on behalf of Set Dancing News magazine. Only a fraction of the photos from each event were published in print, but many more are available in the hundreds of albums on Sets.ie. The collection stretches back to 2001, and is organised by year and venue or event. Links to the latest albums are shown below—tap one to see its photos. To browse the full collection, tap the word HOME in the green banner at the top and choose Photos from the drop-down menu. This reveals two further menus which allow you to choose years and albums. When browsing photos, tap on the search icon % at the right of the top green banner to do a menu search—type three or more letters to see all the matching albums.

Special thanks is offered to all the photographers who volunteered to take the pictures available here. Among them are Joan Pollard Carew, John Finbarr Crowley, Chris Eichbaum, Patsy Finn, Carol Gannon, Maura and Pat Lyons and Pat Murphy, and you’ll see the names of others as you browse.

The Set Dancing Anthology

interesting and historical reading about dancing

The excerpts here are about dancing in the past and are taken from books and magazines published from twenty to 200 years ago. There are some first-hand accounts of ceilis and learning to dance in Ireland, and several on dance etiquette. The most recently added excerpts are listed below—tap on one to read it in full. To browse the full collection, tap on HOME in the top green banner and choose The Set Dancing Anthology. You’ll see two additional menus which let you choose one of five volumes and the articles therein. Tap the search icon % at the right of the top green banner to type some text and find matching articles.

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West Limerick Set Dancing Club

26th Annual Workshop

9–11 February 2018

Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine County Limerick

Friday 9 February

7.30pmMusic & singing session in hotel reception area
Bring your instruments!

9pmCeili with Taylor’s Cross Ceili Band

Saturday 10 February

10.30am–1pm & 2–5pmSet Dancing Workshop with Maureen Culleton

9pmCeili with Striolán Ceili Band

Sunday 11 February

11am–1pmWorkshop with Maureen Culleton

2.30pmCeili with the Johnny Reidy Ceili Band

AccommodationDevon Inn Hotel069 84122€120pps
Ashford House069 84001Aaron Lodge069 84999Leen’s Hotel068 31121

Contact Nora Murphy069 76327Kevin Hennessey086 4081739
Con Egan087 6259340conegan21@gmail.com

Trip to Durrow Céilithe

Castle Arms Hotel Durrow Co Laois

2017

Friday 8 December

9pm–12am

Uí Bhríain

2018

Friday 19 January

Friday 2 February

Friday 2 March

Saturday 3 March

Friday 6 April

Friday 11 May

Friday 13 July

Friday 10 August

Friday 7 September

Friday 5 October

Friday 2 November

Friday 7 December

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Johnny Reidy

Ger Murphy & Ken Cotter

Johnny Reidy

Uí Bhríain

Striolán

Taylor’s Cross

Uí Bhríain

Johnny Reidy

Neily O’Connor

Shandrum Five Counties

Brian Ború

Uí Bhríain

€10 admission Refreshments served

Join us every Monday 8–10pm for our weekly class & ceili

ContactDeclan Doocey & Grace O’Donnelltap names for contact info

Sets by the Sea

Set Dancing Weekend 9–11 March 2018

Bellbridge House Hotel Spanish Point Co Clare

Friday 9 March

6.30–8.30pmTea & Coffee Reception & Seisiún Fáiltithe

8.30–9.30pmCountry Social Dancing

9.30pm–12.30amCéilí Fáiltithe Johnny Reidy Céilí Band

12.30amLate Seisiún—ceol, caint, craic & amhráin

Saturday 10 March

11.30am–1.30pmTwo-hand Dance Workshop Mary Clancy

12-2pmSeisiún

2.30–5.30pmAfternoon Céilí Ceol na Mara Céilí Band

8.30–9.15pmCountry Social Dancing Michael Regan

9.30pm–12.30amCéilí Mór Abbey Céilí Band

12amLate Seisiún—ceol, caint, craic & amhráin

12.30amLate Social Dancing Michael Regan

Sunday 11 March

11am–1pmSean Nós & Clare Steps Workshop Aidan Vaughan

2–5pmCéilí Deireanach Swallow’s Tail Céilí Band

5–7pmSeisiún

Complimentary tea & coffee served at all of the céilí intervals

Contact Tina 087 2988005 Mary 087 9380921

The Bellbridge House Hotel
065 7084038info@bellbridgehotelclare.comwww.bellbridgehotelclare.com

B&Bs Red Cliff Lodge 065 7085756 Quilty Tavern 065 7087164
Phil Barker 087 2929718 Coast Lodge 085 8519199 Berry Lodge 065 7087022

Redoutensaal Theaterplatz 2 Erlangen Germany

Friday 9 February

Ceili9pm–12am

Session

Saturday 10 February

Workshops10am–12.30pm2–4.30pm

Carnival Ceili8.30pm–12.30am“The Roaring 20s”
Feel free to dress up in the spirit of German Carnival

Session

Sunday 11 February

Workshop10–11.30am

Ceili12.30–3.30pm

Don't miss the Night at The Brewery from 6pm
Steinbach Bräu Vierzigmannstr. 4 Erlangen

Registration & Information: Andrea Forstner
+49 173 575 4886 or +49 9131 34821
andreaforstner@aol.comwww.setdance.net

Weekend Fee €75

For a selection of hotels close to the venue: www.setdance.net

Erlangen Tourist Information: +49 9131 89510

The Mickey Kelly
Memorial
Set Dancing
Weekend

with
Pat Murphy

The Mickey Kelly
Memorial
Set Dancing
Weekend

with
Pat Murphy

2–4 March 2018

Mulranny
Park Hotel

Mulranny Co Mayo

2–4 March 2018

Mulranny
Park Hotel

Mulranny Co Mayo

Friday 2 March

8pmSession in Hotel Lounge with Mick Mackey & friends

9.30pmCeili with Duntally Ceili Band

Saturday 3 March

10.30am–1pmSet Dancing Workshop with Pat Murphy

2–4.30pmWorkshop with Pat Murphy

5pmMass

8pmSession in Hotel Lounge with Mulloy Brothers

9.30pmCeili with Matt Cunningham Ceili Band

Sunday 4 March

10.30am–12pmWorkshop with Pat Murphy

12pmSean Nós Dancing with Cathy Scanlon

2.30pmCeili with Brian Ború Ceili Band

7pmSession in Hotel Lounge with Mick Mackey & friends

Accommodation

Mulranny Park Hotel is a 4-Star Hotel 16km from Newport on the Achill Road.

098 36000+353 98 36000 Reservations 1850 336 000 Fax +353 98 36899
Email info@mulrannyparkhotel.ie

2 nights B&B PPS + 1 evening meal €140 3 nights B&B PPS + 2 evening meals €190

For all accommodation enquiries please contact hotel.

Other enquiries: Mary Kelly 087 2221855 & Maureen Halpin 087 1357451

Those traveling from the UK please contact Eileen McGuire +44 1241 857518
& Event Coordinator John Holian +44 1922 403603.

The Devil’s Bit Ceili Club

Templemore Arms Hotel Templemore Co Tipperary

Sunday ceilis at the new time of 7–10pm €10 tea & scones

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Tim Joe and Anne

Neily O’Connor

Ger Murphy & Ken Cotter

Ceili Time

Glenside

Taylor’s Cross

Brian Ború

Sets called by Joan Pollard Carew

1st Thursday Rambling House

7 December4 January1 February1 March5 April7 June

Contact Joan Pollard Carew 086 8718819
& Danny Webster 087 7936113

Pat Murphy’s definitive reference books for Irish set dancing

Featuring instructions for over 360 dances in total, the history of set dancing and its revival, explanations of steps, definitions, and more

Toss the Feathers was Pat’s first book originally published in 1995, now reprinted in a new and updated edition with 64 classic sets including the Plain, Sliabh Luachra, Caledonian, West Kerry and Connemara, plus descriptions of the steps and a detailed history of set dancing.

The Flowing Tide, the second volume, documents 57 newly revived sets, among them the Donegal, East Galway (2 versions), Williamstown, Mealagh Valley, Glencree and Hurry the Jug. The original edition from 2000 is hard to find, and it is now available in a new version.

Apples in Winter was published by Pat himself in 2009 with instructions for 47 sets, 32 two-hand dances and 11 céilí dances. Instructions for popular favourites such as the Ballyduff, Kilfenora Plain, Boyne, Claddagh, Moycullen and Sliabh Fraoch can be found inside.

Tabhair dom do Lámh (Give Me Your Hand) is the fourth volume in the series, with 52 recently revived and newly composed sets like the Ballyfin, Ballykeale, Camp, Corballa, Merchant, Moate, Rinkinstown and Templebeg, plus a selection of two-hand and céilí dances.

New! Come West Along the Road is Pat's fifth book, which includes a total of 76 dances, including 37 of the latest newly composed and revived sets, a unique collection of 17 reels from Kerry, and much more.

All books are available directly from w Pat Murphy (tap name for contact info, tap icon for Pat’s full workshop schedule).

Pat’s upcoming workshops

Saturday 2 December Bologna Weekend Italy

Saturday 13 January Connie Ryan Weekend Co Tipperary

Saturday 10 February Erlangen Weekend Germany

Saturday 3 March Mickey Kelly Weekend Co Mayo

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