The Cashel Set from Co. Tipperary, also known as The Castle Set
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The Cashel Set, also known as The Castle Set (from Tipperary):

Pattern for figures 1 to 3:
Tops: dance the figure
Tops: repeat the figure
Sides: dance the figure
Sides: repeat the figure

The Figure for figures 1 to 3:
1st figure (slide):

Dancing couples: House around each other [8], pass through, turn clockwise on the spot and pass back [8]
All (*1): Right hand in right, advance/retire twice [8] and swing in the corners (ladies go right when tops are dancing and left when sides are dancing) [8]
All: With each gent on the left of his new partner, all circle up, advance/retire twice [8], dance back to your own partner and swing [8]
2nd figure (polka):

Dancing couples: House around each other [8], advance/retire [4], ladies cross and do one quick turn with the opposite gent [4], ladies raised right hands in the centre, lead around [8] and swing [8]
3rd figure (polka):

Dancing couples (*2): House around each other [8], ladies chain, low-hand around opposite gent and chain back home [8], leading gent and opposite lady swing, break off and reverse in between the couple on the left of your home position [8], leading lady and opposite gent advance/retire twice [8], threes advance/retire twice [8], all dance two bars to your partner and swing [8]


4th Figure (hornpipe):
Pattern for the 4th figure:
Tops: dance the figure
Sides: dance the figure
Tops: repeat the figure
Sides: repeat the figure

The Figure (*3):
Dancing couples: House around each other[4], gents cross[4], house with the opposite lady [4], gents cross [4], house with your own partner [4], gents cross[4], house with the opposite lady [4], gents cross [4], house with your own partner[4].


5th Figure (slide):
Pattern for the 5th figure (*4):
All: lead around [16]
Tops: dance the figure
Sides: dance the figure
Tops: repeat the figure
Sides: repeat the figure
All: circle advance/retire twice [8]

The Figure:
Dancing couples: House around each other [8], slide in/out, dance across, slide in/out, dance back home [16], house [8], ladies chain [8]
All: lead around [16]


6th Figure (polka):
All: Circle advance/retire twice [8] and swing [8]. Gents step in, ladies move on, lead around [8] and swing [8]. Continue until you swing your own partner again.

Notes:
  • *1: In some parts of Ireland, only the dancing couples advance/retire, right-in-right, in the first figure.

  • *2: First sides are on the left.

  • *3: In the 4th figure the house is done in 4 bars as dance across, double back to place. After the gents cross, the dancing couples face each other and do clap, clap, stamp, stamp, before dancing the next house. Note that because the house and cross are each done in 4 bars and there is an uneven number of 4-bar movements in the figure, the sides start the figure in the middle of an 8 bars, which is unusual.

  • *4: The lead around in the 5th figure is danced on for two bars, then on the spot for two bars, all the way around, holding left-in-left - it's the lady's choice whether the right hands are on her right shoulder, or at her waist. The version of the 5th figure described here is the most popular. In some parts of Ireland, the first lead around is replaced by a circle advance/retire twice. There is yet another version of the 5th figure, seldom danced nowadays, called the "five circles", where the circle advance/retire twice is danced five times.

This summary is intended as a memory aid for people attending my classes, it is not intended as stand-alone instructional material

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The Cashel Set from Co. Tipperary, also known as The Castle Set