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Set Dancing / Sean Nos Classes in Clonskeagh (Windy Arbour / Churchtown / Milltown area), South Dublin, Ireland

Tuesdays: Our Lady's National School Clonskeagh,
St Columbanus Road,
Dublin 14

South Dublin, right beside the Windy Arbour Luas Station on Lower Churchtown Road (previously held in The Glenside Pub, Churchtown)

Map coordinates: 53.30169,-6.249898 - click here for online map
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New Term Starting: Tue 2nd May 2017 at 8pm (Steps afterwards, 10:00pm-10:30pm)

Set Dancing Class, South Dublin, Ireland, Tuesdays

Great fun and good exercise as well. Come along and try it out for just one night any Tuesday evening, to see if it's something you'd enjoy doing.

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If you decide it is something you'd like to have a go at, you'll be very welcome to join us any Tuesday. If you decide it's not for you, there is no obligation whatsoever to come back. Everyone welcome, partner not required. People who have never done set dancing before are especially welcome.

Admission is 10 Euro, pay on the night, no need to book, just turn up. The class is for for adults and is attended by people of all ages.

Learn set dancing, join in the Ceili and enjoy the craic! - the most common reaction of people who try set dancing for the first time is "it's really great fun, I wish I had found out about this years ago!". There is absolutely nothing to lose by coming along and giving it a try - if you decide it's not for you, there is no obligation whatsoever to come back again. One thing for sure is that you will be made welcome. The majority of people come along on their own and we are all delighted to see new people coming through the door for the first time, whether they are men on their own, women on their own, or couples. Within minutes, you will feel totally at home with a friendly bunch of people, who are out to enjoy the craic. In addition to the weekly class, some of the gang meet up at local festivals and ceilis throughout the year, where the craic continues. You will not find a more fun way to exercise!

Why not give it a try, it could well be the start of a new and very enjoyable lifelong pastime!

Class Format:
  • During the first half of the night, we teach a set from scratch, starting with the basics. No prior knowledge of dance is assumed or expected. This part of the night is particularly suitable for people who are new to set dancing
  • At around 9 pm, we declare a break, during which you have the option of taking a rest, or, if you play an instrument, you are very welcome to join our Learner's Session.
  • After the break, we typiclly dance through one, two or maybe even three sets, which we have covered previously in class. This gives the "regulars" a chance to put into practice some of the dances that have previously been taught. Newcomers are encouraged to join in, but it's absolutely no problem if you decide to sit out a set. The emphasis is primarily on having a bit of fun and no one takes it in any way seriously if something goes astray.
  • We typically finish off with the same short set each night, currently The Ballyvourney Jig Set, finishing at 10pm
The reason for finishing with the same set each night is that, if you attend regularly, you will know this set "like the back of your hand" and you will be able to dance it "on auto-pilot", without thinking, which is by far the most enjoyable way to dance. We typically stick with the same finish set for many months, so that everyone gets to know it well.

From time-to-time, we occasionally have a night of ceili and two-hand dances instead of set dancing. Ceili dances, such as The Siege of Ennis and The Walls of Limerick and two-hand dances such as Shoe the Donkey and The Stack of Barley are very popular at weddings and other family gatherings and whenever we want to celebrate our Irishness, such around St. Patrick's Day.

Directions and Dates:

For detailed online directions, click here to go to Google Maps and then click "Get Directions".

  • By Luas:
    The Windy Arbour Green Line Luas Tram stop is literally right outside the door of the school. No directions needed, just get off the tram at Windy Arbour, walk past the bike racks and you're there - click here to view Green Line stops

    Set Dancing Classes near Luas Station
    Dance Class near Luas station: Windy Arbour, South Dublin

  • By Car:
    There are several ways to get there by car, for example, see next bullet point below, "By car from The Glenside".

    No matter which way you come at it, you'll end up driving through a housing estate and you may think you've gone astray. If you are not already familiar with the location, then, for the first night, you could follow the "from The Glenside" directions below, or click here to see the location marked on Google Maps and use the "get directions" feature of Google Maps to get there.

    After you've seen the location, you may be able to find a shorter route. For example Churchtown Road Lower is very close and it is possible to walk, but not drive, across the Luas line. Also, it is possible to come in from Dundrum Road, opposite the Central Mental Hospital, via St. Columbanus Road, but, just before the entrance to the school car park, the road changes to one-way in the other direction - so, if you come in this way, you will need to park on the road, or be prepared to drive the wrong way up a one-way street for about 10 metres to get to the entrace to the staff car park, which, of course, I wouldn't dream of recommending!

    The school Staff Car Park is available for us to use. There is also plenty of free on-street parking nearby.

  • By car from The Glenside Pub (where the class was previously held):
    • Drive out of The Glenside car park & turn left, go to the end of Landscape Road, turn right onto Braemor Road,
    • continue to the Luas bridge and turn left onto Dundrum Road,
    • continue to the pedestrian lights & yellow box opposite the end of the high stone wall (Central Mental Hospital) and turn left onto St Columbanus Road,
    • drive in through the housing estate and you should find on-street parking in the triangular area just before the school - there is a school car park, but the road changes to one-way just before the entrance to it.
    Alternatively, you could come in at the other end of St Columbanus Road, through Farrenbowley Park & park in the school's staff car park

  • On Foot or by Bike:
    As the sign across the road shows, the school is just 2.3km from University College Dublin (UCD), which is less than 10 minutes cycling and less than 30 minutes walking distance. Dance Class near University College Dublin (UCD)

Upcoming dates:

Easter Break
Tue 2nd May 2017
Tue 9th May 2017
Tue 16th May 2017
Tue 23rd May 2017
Tue 30th May 2017
Summer Break
Tue 12th Sep 2017
Tue 19th Sep 2017
Tue 26th Sep 2017
Tue 3rd Oct 2017
Tue 10th Oct 2017
Tue 17th Oct 2017
Tue 24th Oct 2017
Tue 31st Oct 2017
Tue 7th Nov 2017
Tue 14th Nov 2017
Tue 21st Nov 2017
Tue 28th Nov 2017
Tue 5th Dec 2017
Tue 12th Dec 2017
Tue 19th Dec 2017

Please note that dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances - please check back here from time-to-time for updates.

About the class:

The emphasis is on dancing for enjoyment. It really is great fun and well worth a try - just come along any Tuesday night at around 8pm. Most people turn up on their own, but if you can convince others to come along with you, so much the better - the more, the merrier! Most people get great enjoyment of of it, but, if you decide it's not for you, there is no obligation whatsoever to come back. So, there's a lot to gain and very little to lose.

New dancers are welcome at any time. We start a new set from scratch every few weeks, so newcomers are not at any disadvantage. While of course, we'd love if you could attend every class, we realise that this is not always possible. You are always welcome to join us whenever you are available, whether you are an experienced or inexperienced dancer, even if it is only for a single night. While it's mainly a set dance class, we generallly also do a bit of solo dancing (Sean Nos), at some stage during the night.

Above all else, the primary objective is to have fun!

Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome at any time.

It is not necessary to book in advance, just come along.

Why not give it a try - you will be very welcome.

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Visiting Dublin:

If you are visiting Dublin, whether from abroad or elsewhere in Ireland, you are very welcome to join us any Tuesday night. The class provides a relaxed and friendly environment in which to enjoy the fun of Irish set dancing. The class runs each year from mid-September until the last Tuesday in May the following year.

See you at the Ceili
Many class members meet up at ceili events and festivals throughout the year.

More Information:

After that, there isn't really any more information about the dancing class - we've put everything we can think of here on this website, which is up to date as of today, 26th April 2017. But, if you have read everything on this website, including:

and you still don't have enough information to make a decision on whether or not to come along, then we have forgotten something. In this case, please click here to contact us and we will get back to you by email as soon as possible. If your do not have access to email, please come along any Tuesday night at 8pm and we will answer your questions then.

Our Lady's National School, St Columbanus Road is next door to Windy Arbour Luas Station in South Dublin and is within easy reach of Milltown, Churchtown, Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Nutgrove, Terenure, Dundrum, Ballinteer, Goatstown, Clonskeagh, Dartry, Rathmines, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Kilmacud and surrounding areas.

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