Irish Dance Class Dublin Ireland: Set Dancing Sean Nos and Ceili
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Set dancing classes on Wednesday nights in Dublin City, Ireland

Wednesdays: Marino Institute of Education
Charlemont, Griffith Avenue,
Drumcondra, Dublin 9 (City North)

Next class: Wed 26th Feb 2020 8pm to 10pm

directions   upcoming dates

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Map coordinates:
Marino Institute of Education is on a large campus. If you are using Google Maps, you can Click here for map, but if you are using a different Sat Nav system, you can enter the Entrance Gates coordinates below, since some Sat Nav systems have difficulty giving correct directions to places on private grounds.

Reception: 53.3735363,-6.2341618 Map showing reception door pointer

Entrance Gates: 53.372651,-6.236194 Map showing entrance gates pointer

reception Northside Dublin: Set Dancing Class, Wednesdays 8pm

Marino Institute of Education is on Griffith Avenue on the North side of Dublin City and is within easy reach of Marino, Drumcondra, Whitehall, Clontarf, Raheny, Coolock, Glasnevin, Beaumont, Phibsborough, Dublin City Centre and surrounding areas.

For details of classes in other locations, on other days of the week, click here.

A great fun way to exercise. Come along and try it, to see if it's something you'd enjoy doing.

You might like to check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page first and then use "Back" to come back to here.

If you decide it is something you'd like to have a go at, you'll be very welcome to join us any Wednesday. 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.

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! While it's primarily a set dance class, we generallly also do a bit of solo dancing, or Sean Nos, as it is commonly known.

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 as around St. Patrick's Day.

This page mainly has details about to get to the set dancing class in Marino Institute of Education. For directions to the venue, please see below.

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The Marino Institute of Education campus is located on the north side of Dublin City, in the Drumcondra/Marino area, within easy reach of Dublin City Centre. The class is held in the Edmund Hall, a lovely old stone building, located in the central courtyard. The venue is easy to find, has lots of parking and good public transport. For directions on how to get there by car or by public transport, please see the directions section below, which includes a link to an online map.

When you pass through the gates to the Marino Institute of Education campus, follow the signs for Car Parking and then Conference Centre, then go through the revolving glass doors to Reception and ask for directions to the Set Dancing Classes in the Edmund Hall.

Set Dancing Classes

Wednesday nights at 8 - 10 pm, in the Edmund Hall,

Marino Institute of Education, Charlemont, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9

Learn/practise the steps, figures & time of the popular sets and enjoy the fun of the ceili

No experience required - suitable for complete beginners

Partner not required, no need to book - just come along

Guaranteed fun!

Join us alone, with a partner, or with friends


Admission to the class in Marino is 10 Euro, payable on the night.

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.

Directions and Dates:

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


The Marino Institute of Education can be easily reached by car (there's plenty of parking), or public transport.
  • By car:

    From M50:
    Travel northbound on the M50 as far as the Airport/M1 exit (Junction 3).
    Exit at Junction 3 onto the M1, direction City Centre.
    Travel southbound on the M1/N1 towards the City, avoiding the tunnel.
    As you approach the tunnel, stay in the left lane, marked "City", to the left of the tunnel.
    After the Bonnington Hotel, turn left at the next set of traffic lights, onto Griffith Avenue.
    At the fourth set of traffic lights on Griffith Avenue, take a left into the "Charlemont Estate".
    Then, turn right into the grounds of Marino Institute of Education, as soon as the road becomes two-way.
    Once inside the grounds, follow the signs for "Car Park", then park up and follow the signs for St. "Mary's / Reception".
    The Reception Desk is just inside the revolving doors. Ask at Reception for directions to Set Dancing in the Edmund Hall.

    From Dublin City Centre:
    From the city, follows signs for N1/M1/Airport/Belfast.
    Travel northbound on the N1 to Upper Drumcondra Road.
    After the Skylon Hotel (which is on your left), take a right at the next large crossroads onto Griffith Avenue.
    At the fourth set of traffic lights on Griffith Avenue, take a left into the Charlemont Estate.
    Take the first right turn into the grounds of Marino Institute of Education.

  • By bus:
    The Dublin Bus Number 123 travels from the City Centre and there is a stop just outside the entrance to Charlemont, which leads to Marino Institute of Education, on Griffith Avenue, get off at Charlemont (stop number 1487).

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When you pass through the entrance gates, follow the signs for Car Parking and then St. Mary's / Reception, then go through the revolving glass doors and ask at reception for directions to Set Dancing in the Edmund Hall - the badge outside the hall reads Edmund Hall, but by that time, you'll probably hear the music and you'll know you've arrived!

Upcoming dates:

no class on 19th Feb (mid term)
Wed 26th Feb 2020
Wed 4th Mar 2020
Wed 11th Mar 2020
Wed 18th Mar 2020
Wed 25th Mar 2020
Wed 1st Apr 2020
Easter Break 2020
Wed 22nd Apr 2020
Wed 29th Apr 2020
Wed 6th May 2020
Wed 13th May 2020
Wed 20th May 2020
Wed 27th May 2020
Summer Break 2020
Wed 9th Sep 2020

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

Marino Institute of Education - gates to Irish dance class in North Dublin
This is the entrance to Charlemont, off Griffith Avenue.

Charlemont - entrance to Dublin set dance class
This is the entrance to Marino Institute of Education, off Charlemont.

Follow the signs to RECEPTION.

Reception: at the desk on the left inside the door, ask for directions to the Edmund Hall, also known as the Conference Hall.

Edmund Hall:

North Side Dublin: Set Dancce Classes, Wednesdays 8pm

This is the hall, where the set dancing takes place - it's a lovely bright room with high ceilings, a wooden floor and tall windows along each side.

More Information:

Well, 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, 21st February 2020. 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 Wednesday night at 8pm and we will answer your questions then.

Visiting Dublin:

If you are visiting Dublin, whether from abroad or elsewhere in Ireland, you are very welcome to join us any Wednesday 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 the second Wednesday in September until the last Wednesday in May the following year.

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