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Workshops and ceilis in Ireland

This page lists sets dancing events in Ireland which are open to all dancers. Listings are arranged by date, except that all events in one venue are usually grouped together. When you're looking for something on a particular date, in addition to searching chronologically, look back to the beginning of the list for the many venues with a long list of dates.

Times are shown wherever they're known, but if they're not, you can make a good guess at them because they follow a consistent pattern. Ceilis usually begin at 10pm and finish at 1.30am on Friday and Saturday nights, or at midnight on other nights. Sunday ceilis are most often in the afternoon, generally from 3 to 6pm. Workshops usually start at 10.30am on Saturday, break for lunch from 1 to 2pm and continue till 5pm. Sunday workshops are from 11am to 1pm and are followed by a ceili. Admission costs for ceilis are from €7 to €10, and workshops are around the same.

Events can be changed or cancelled without notice. Wherever possible a contact name is listed to allow you to confirm an event. Look up phone numbers by clicking on the highlighted name or refer to the teachers and organisers page for Ireland.

Everyone is encouraged to send details of events to Bill Lynch for free inclusion in future issues of the magazine and on the Internet. Thanks to everyone who supplied information about events.

The Well, Dublin Road, Moate, Co Westmeath

18 September 2009  9.30pm-1am  Sean Norman Ceili Band
16 October 2009  9.30pm-1am  Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan
20 November 2009  9.30pm-1am  Tulla Ceili Band
18 December 2009  9.30pm-1am  Swallow's Tail Ceili Band

A new series of ceilis in a hotel two miles east of town. Contact Declan Manton.

Oisín Park, Killeshin, Co Carlow

18 September 2009  9.30pm  Copperplate Ceili Band
16 October 2009  9.30pm  Danny Webster Ceili Band
13 November 2009  9.30pm  Copperplate Ceili Band
11 December 2009  9.30pm  Christmas party with Annaly Ceili Band
15 January 2010  9.30pm  Cúpla Ceili Band

The venue is probably the highest dance hall in Ireland at over 1,000 feet with spectactular views over Carlow town and surrounding area. Admission €10. Contact Eddie Whelantea served

Parish Hall, Clarinbridge, Co Galway

18 September 2009  Tico Tico
23 October 2009  Swallow's Tail
27 November 2009  Davey Ceili Band
1 January 2010  Shaskeen
29 January 2010  Lough Ree Ceili Band

Friday night ceilis, 10pm-1am. Contact Gearóid Mulrooneytea served

Sean Treacy Comhaltas Branch, Naomh Mearnóg GAA Club, Blackwood Lane, Portmarnock, Co Dublin

18 September 2009  9.30pm-1am  Davey Ceili Band
16 October 2009  9.30pm-1am  Glenside Ceili Band
20 November 2009  9.30pm-1am  Four Courts
18 December 2009  9.30pm-1am  Brian Ború Ceili Band

Monthly ceilis on the third Friday, €10, with fear an tí Joe Condron. Contact Sean Broderick, Attracta Lynch and Tony Whelantea served

Annual Weekend of Dancing, Highlands Hotel, Glenties, Co Donegal

18-20 September 2009

At the weeekend's welcome ceili on Friday from 9.30pm to 12.30am music is by Triskell Ceili Band. The workshop choice on Saturday is between sets with Pádraig and Róisín McEneany teach sets this weekend and sean nós with Michael and Kathleen McGlynn; classes are from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Copperplate Ceili Band play for the Saturday night ceili from 9.30pm to 12.30am. On Sunday morning a workshop in two-hand dancing is taught by Connie McKelvey and Ann Connaghan with live music by the Gallagher sisters. The farewell dance that afternoon from 3 to 6pm features more music by Copperplate. Contact Connie McKelvey.

Castlebridge Set Dancing Club Weekend, Curracloe Hotel, Curracloe, Co Wexford

18-20 September 2009

A weekend of dancing near the scenic Wexford coast. Workshops by Carmel Kearns take place on Saturday, 10.30am-5pm, and Sunday, 11am-1pm. The weekend's three ceilis begin at 9.30pm on Friday night with Danny Webster. On Saturday at 9.30pm the Brian Ború Ceili Band provides the music and the Glenside Ceili Band plays on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Contact Mary Walsh.

An Rince Weekend, Maritime Hotel, The Quay, Bantry, Co Cork

18-20 September 2009, €165

Another chance to spend a weekend with Timmy McCarthy and the sets of Cork and Kerry following an inaugural weekend at this venue in April. Timmy's classes are on Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 1pm. Donncha Lynch plays for the opening ceili on Friday from 9pm to 1am. Saturday's ceili has music by Pádraig Ó Sé and Tommy O'Sullivan starting at 9pm. Sliabh Notes plays for dancing on Sunday afternoon between 3 and 6.30pm. Price quoted above includes all entertainment, two nights' B&B and one dinner; three-night packages are also available. Contact the Maritime Hotel.

ICA Hall, Castletown, Co Laois

19 September 2009  9.30pm-1am  Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan
11 October 2009  4-7pm  Glenside Ceili Band
8 November 2009  4-7pm  Annaly Ceili Band
10 January 2010  4-7pm  Triskell Ceili Band
21 February 2010  4-7pm  Brian Ború Ceili Band
28 March 2010  4-7pm  Glenside Ceili Band
18 April 2010  4-7pm  Sean Norman Ceili Band
16 May 2010  4-7pm  Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter

Contact Maureen Culleton.

St Mark's GAA Club, Cookstown Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24

19 September 2009  Matt Cunningham
17 October 2009  Johnny Reidy
21 November 2009  Fódhla Ceili Band
19 December 2009  Glenside Ceili Band

Dancing from 9.30pm to 1am, every third Saturday of the month. Contact Carmel Jameson and Annette Phelantea served

Barn Dances, Cluain Ceoil, Watergrasshill, Co Cork

19 September 2009  Neily O'Connor
17 October 2009  Danny Webster
21 November 2009  Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter
21 December 2009  Christmas party

A remarkable dance hall converted from a cow shed - friendly, comfortable, full of character, located on a tiny country lane surrounded by fields. Contact Michael Murphytea served

Gortaganny Hall, Gortaganny, Ballyhaunis, Co Roscommon

19 September 2009, 10pm

A ceili with Swallow's Tail Ceili Band. The hall is 3½ miles from Ballyhaunis on the Ballaghadereen road. Contact Michael Nolan.

Saints Peter and Paul School Hall, Kickham Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

19 September 2009, 11am-3pm, €20

Róisín Ní Mhainín from Connemara teaches a sean nóas dancing workshop. The venue is next to Oakville Shopping Centre. Contact Nell and Paul McCarthy.

Devil's Bit Ceili, Templemore Arms Hotel, Templemore, Co Tipperary

20 September 2009  4-7pm  Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter
22 November 2009  4-7pm  Brian Ború Ceili Band
24 January 2010  4-7pm  Danny Webster
14 February 2010  4-7pm  Annaly Ceili Band
21 March 2010  4-7pm  Matt Cunningham Ceili Band
11 April 2010  4-7pm  Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh
20 June 2010  4-7pm  Matt Cunningham Ceili Band
25 July 2010  4-7pm  Copperplate Ceili Band
22 August 2010  4-7pm  Ceili Time
19 September 2010  4-7pm  Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter
21 November 2010  4-7pm  Brian Ború Ceili Band

Sunday afternoon ceilis. Contact Joan Pollard Carew and Danny Webstertea served

An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co Louth

21-25 September 2009, €360

A set dancing course from Monday to Friday with a teacher to be confirmed. Price includes on-site accommodation and full board. Contact Maureen Dennis.

Durrow Ceili Club, Durrow Hall, Durrow, Tullamore, Co Offaly

22 September 2009  9pm-12am  Brian Ború Ceili Band
13 October 2009  9pm-12am  Carousel
10 November 2009  8.30-11.30pm  Danny Webster
15 December 2009  8.30-11.30pm  Christmas party with Glenside Ceili Band

Popular ceilis in a country hall between a church and cemetery along the road from Kilbeggan to Tullamore. Contact Martin Newtontea served

Claddagh Hall, Nimmo's Pier, Claddagh, Galway, Co Galway

25 September 2009  Five Counties Ceili Band
16 October 2009  Matt Cunningham
13 November 2009  Four Courts
4 December 2009  Tulla Ceili Band
18 December 2009  Glenside Ceili Band
8 January 2010  Four Courts
22 January 2010  Davey Ceili Band
12 February 2010  Five Counties Ceili Band
26 February 2010  Matt Cunningham
12 March 2010  Tulla Ceili Band
26 March 2010  Morning Dew Ceili Band
9 April 2010  Glenside Ceili Band
7 May 2010  Four Courts
4 June 2010  Tulla Ceili Band
25 June 2010  Copperplate Ceili Band
23 July 2010  Glenside Ceili Band
13 August 2010  Swallow's Tail Ceili Band
27 August 2010  Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh
24 September 2010  Five Counties Ceili Band
15 October 2010  Matt Cunningham
12 November 2010  Four Courts
3 December 2010  Tulla Ceili Band
17 December 2010  Glenside Ceili Band

Dancing on Fridays, 10pm to 1.30am. Contact John Henchybar available

Palatine GAA Club House, Benekerry, Co Carlow

25 September 2009  9.30pm-1am  Carousel Ceili Band
30 October 2009  9.30pm-1am  Danny Webster
27 November 2009  9.30pm-1am  Cúpla Ceili Band
26 December 2009  9.30pm-1am  Brian Ború Ceili Band

Monthly dances on the last Friday, admission €10. The venue is two miles from Carlow on the Hacketstown Road. Contact Peter O'Neilltea served

Pepper's Marquee, Feakle, Co Clare

25 September 2009  Turloughmore Ceili Band
30 October 2009  Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh
27 November 2009  Merriman Ceili Band and Christmas party

Ceilis at 9.30pm. Contact Marie McMahon and Gary Pepper.

Rathmolyon Cultural Festival, Rathmolyon Village Hall, Enfield Road, Rathmolyon, Co Meath

25 September 2009, 9.30pm

A ceili with local triple All-Ireland winners Naomh Pádraig Ceili Band. Contact Michael O'Brientea served

Fairview Christian Young Men's Club, 80 Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview, Dublin 3

25 September 2009, 9pm-12.30am, €10

Dancing to Glenside Ceili Band and calling by Mary Brogan. Contact Bill Dorristea served

Sean Treacy Comhaltas Branch, Clasach Comhaltas Regional Resource Centre, Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3

25 September 2009, 9.30pm-1am

Ceili with music by Swallow's Tail Ceili Bandtea served

Denny Street, Tralee, Co Kerry

25 September 2009, 6.30pm

Another attempt to break the world record number of people dancing an Irish dance, now held by Dublin, Ohio, and 10,036 dancers. Paddy Hanafin serves as MC.

Dun Mhuire Theatre, South Main Street, Wexford, Co Wexford

25 September 2009, 8pm

A free evening of set, ceili and old-time with music by Pat Bass and his group and calling by Nicky Dempsey, as part of Wexford Culture Night. Mummers from Screen and Curracloe will also make an appearance. Contact Sinéad Redmond.

Johnny Doherty Festival, Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara, Co Donegal

25-27 September 2009

A weekend of concerts, ceilis and workshops opening on Friday night, 10pm-1am, at a ceili by the Emerald Ceili Band. The workshops on Saturday include sets with Sheila Gormley, ceili with Clement Gallagher, two-hands with Edie Bradley and sean nós with Mick Mulkerrin, plus a full programme of music workshops. On Saturday night there barn dancing with Cascade in the Hills Bar at 10pm. The Tirconnail Ceili Band play for sets and ceili on Sunday afternoon, 3-6pm. Nightly concerts feature big name trad acts. Contact Pat McGill and Eileen Golden.

Cois na hAbhna, Gort Road, Ennis, Co Clare

26 September 2009  10pm-1am  Five Counties Ceili Band
2 October 2009  9.30pm-12.30am  Johnny Reidy Ceili Band
17 October 2009  10pm-1am  Lough Ree Ceili Band
15 November 2009  4-7pm  Abbey Ceili Band
22 November 2009  4-7pm  Star of Munster Ceili Band
13 December 2009  4-7pm  Matt Cunningham
26 December 2009  10pm-1am  Shaskeen Ceili Band

This hall was purpose-built for set dancing thirty years ago and has been refurbished and extended with a new bar, kitchen and toilets. The beautiful original floor has been preserved. Contact Doreen Norristea served

Community Centre, Eyrecourt, Co Galway

26 September 2009  10pm-1.30am  Glenside Ceili Band
29 November 2009  3-6pm  Annaly Ceili Band

Contact Eugene McCormacktea served

Community Centre, Belcarra, Co Mayo

26 September 2009  Heather Breeze Ceili Band

Located between Castlebar and Balla on the N60. Contact Maureen Cunningham.

Ceili Fun Night, Naas Community Centre, Sallins Road, Naas, Co Kildare

26 September 2009, 8.30pm, €10

A night of dancing for charity led by Syl Bell and Liz Hand.

Belfast Castle, Cavehill, Antrim Road, Belfast BT15

27 September 2009  Ceili Time
25 October 2009  Triskell Ceili Band
22 November 2009  Oriel Ceili Band
27 December 2009  Cathal McAnulty
31 January 2010  Copperplate Ceili Band
28 February 2010  Gleann an Iolair Ceili Band
28 March 2010  Cathal McAnulty
18 April 2010  please confirm
25 April 2010  please confirm

A ceili from 7 to 10.30pm, £7, in a beautiful and historic seventeenth century castle overlooking the city of Belfast. Contact Ronán Eastwood.

Kilcoona Social Centre, Kilcoona, Headford, Co Galway

27 September 2009, 3.30-6.30pm

Matt Cunningham plays in his local hall off the main road three miles south of Headford - turn at the Hazel House sign and continue ¾ of a mile.

Also on: 1 November, 6 December 2009

Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co Cork

27 September 2009  3.30pm  Abbey Ceili Band
31 December 2009  10pm  New Year's Eve mixed dancing with Johnny Reidy
4 April 2010  3.30pm  Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan
16 May 2010  3.30pm  Jerry McCarthy
26 September 2010  3.30pm  Abbey Ceili Band

Admission €10. Contact Paddy O'Riordantea served

Community Centre, Rathowen, Co Westmeath

27 September 2009  Brian Ború Ceili Band
6 December 2009  Glenside Ceili Band

Sunday afternoon ceilis from 4 to 7pm, €10. The village is on the N4 between Mullingar and Edgeworthstown. Contact Patsy Finn and Yvonne Keaneytea served

Kinturk Cultural Centre, 7 Kinturk Road, Kinturk, Ardboe, Co Tyrone

27 September 2009, 7.30-10.30pm

Copperplate Ceili Band plays for a ceili. Contact Desmond McGartland and Vincent Lewistea served

Dún na Sí Heritage Centre, Moate, Co Westmeath

2 October 2009  10pm-1am  Cúpla Ceili Band
18 October 2009  4-7pm  Glenside Ceili Band
6 November 2009  10pm-1am  Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh
15 November 2009  4-7pm  Annaly Ceili Band
4 December 2009  10pm-1am  Lough Ree Ceili Band
20 December 2009  4-7pm  Glenside Ceili Band

Dancing on the first Friday of the month, 10pm-1am, and monthly Sunday afternoons, 4-7pm, €10. Contact Dún na Sí Heritage Centretea served

Clonduff Ceili Club, Hilltown Hall, Hilltown, Co Down

2 October 2009  9.30pm-12.30am  Copperplate Ceili Band
1 November 2009  4-7pm  Glenside Ceili Band

With fear an tí Joe Farrell. Contact Patsy O'Hagantea served

Dungarvan Comhaltas Weekend, Lawlor's Hotel, Bridge Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

2-4 October 2009, €35

This weekend of set dancing moves into Dungarvan town to a hotel on the harbour. The first dancing is on Friday night when the Annaly Ceili Band plays for a ceili from 9pm to 12.30am. On Saturday Pádraig and Róisín McEneany teach a workshop from 10.30am to 5pm, and the ceili that night has music by Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan. Pádraig and Róisín teach a workshop of two-hand dances on Sunday from 11am to 1pm, and Brian Ború Ceili Band finish the weekend with one final ceili from 2.30-5.30pm. Contact John Creed and Mary Rossiter.

Boardsmill Hall, Boardsmill, Trim, Co Meath

3 October 2009  Tara Ceili Band
7 November 2009  Carousel
5 December 2009  Brian Ború Ceili Band

First Saturday ceilis, 10pm to 1am. The hall is four miles from Trim on the Kinnegad road. Contact Michael O'Brientea served

Community Centre, Shrule, Co Mayo

3 October 2009  Annaly Ceili Band
16 January 2010  Matt Cunningham

Keane's of Curraheen, Curraheen, Tralee, Co Kerry

3 October 2009, 9pm-12.30am, free

A rambling house ceili night with music by Danny Webster. The venue is three miles from Tralee on the Dingle road. Contact Denis McCarthy and Keane's of Curraheen.

Future dates: 7 November 2009

Rainbow Ballroom, Glenfarne, Co Leitrim

3 October 2009, 10pm-1am

A ceili with music by Copperplate Ceili Band. Contact Teresa McKeaney and Kathleen Keaneytea served

Ballyclough Community Centre, Ballyclough, Mallow, Co Cork

3 October 2009, 9.30pm, €10

Dancing in a spacious hall to the music of Alan Finn, who played for Barack Obama in the White House on St Patrick's Day. Contact Judith Bolstertea served

Thurles Ceili and Set Club, Band Hall, Stradavoher, Thurles, Co Tipperary

4 October 2009  Taylor's Cross
1 November 2009  Danny Webster
6 December 2009  Tom McCarthy
3 January 2009  Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter
7 February 2009  Carousel Ceili Band
7 March 2010  Danny Webster
14 March 2010  St Patrick's Day parade ceili with Matt Cunningham
4 April 2010  Tom McCarthy
8 May 2010  Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh
9 May 2010  20th anniversary celebration with Tom McCarthy, 3-6pm
9 May 2010  Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter
6 June 2009  Sean Norman
4 July 2010  Cúpla Ceili Band
5 September 2009  Taylor's Cross
3 October 2010  Matt Cunningham
7 November 2010  Suirside Ceili Band
5 December 2010  Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter

Monthly Sunday ceilis, all at 8pm. The entrance to the hall is beside F&M Motors. Contact Michael Loughnanetea served

West Limerick Set Dancing Club, Convent Hall, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

4 October 2009  Davey Ceili Band
8 November 2009  Matt Cunningham
6 December 2009  Taylor's Cross
10 January 2010  Allow Ceili Band
7 February 2010  Brian Ború Ceili Band
11 April 2010  Swallow's Tail Ceili Band
9 May 2010  Abbey Ceili Band
12 September 2010  Abbey Ceili Band
3 October 2010  Davey Ceili Band

Sunday afternoon ceilis from 4 to 7pm. Contact Josephine O'Connor, Ann Curtin, Con Egan and Nora Murphytea served

Siamsa Charman, Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford, Co Wexford

4 October 2009  9pm  cancelled
8 November 2009  3pm  Abbey Ceili Band
6 December 2009  9pm  Waterford Comhaltas Ceili Band

The hotel is just across the bridge from town. Contact Doreen McGrath and John Byrne.

St Canice's Hall, Main Street, Dungiven, Co Derry

4 October 2009, 4-7pm

Ceili with the Copperplate Ceili Bandtea served

Clane GAA Centre, Prosperous Road, Clane, Co Kildare

4 October 2009, 4-7pm, €10

The Annaly Ceili Band plays music for a ceili called by Frank Keenan. Contact Tom Dillontea served

Cork Folk Festival, Cork City, Co Cork

5 October 2008

Dancers take to the streets of Cork for an outdoor céilí mór with the Kilfenora Ceili Band and Sliabh Notes. Dancing is from 2 to 6pm in Grand Parade. Contact William Hammond.

McHugh's Bar, 1 Chord Road, Drogheda, Co Louth

8 October 2009, 9pm-12am

Triskell Ceili Band plays the music and John McEvoy calls the sets. Contact John and Sheila McEvoy and Jim Finegan.

Halla Tadgh Gaelagh, Tournafulla, Co Limerick

9 October 2009  Allow Ceili Band
6 November 2009  Johnny Reidy Ceili Band
27 November 2009  Abbey Ceili Band

Dancing from 9.30pm to 1am. Contact Joan O'Sullivan and Sean Hartnetttea served

Cliffony Parish Hall, Cliffony, Co Sligo

9 October 2009, 10pm-1am

A fundraising ceili with the Glenside Ceili Band. Contact John Barrytea served

Killybegs Set Dancing Weekend, Bayview Hotel, Killybegs, Co Donegal

9-11 October 2009

Killybegs is a picturesque harbour town and a busy fishing port. All the buildings here overlook the harbour and there are great views from the hotel where this weekend takes place. Dancing opens on Friday with a ceili by the Emerald Ceili Band, 10pm-1am. On Saturday, Pat Murphy teaches sets in the Bayview Hotel from 10.30am to 5pm. Matt Cunningham plays for both the Saturday night ceili from 10pm to 1am, and for the Sunday afternoon ceili from 2.30 to 5.30pm. There's also two-hand dancing in the Harbour Bar on Saturday night from 8 to 10pm. On Sunday Edie Bradley joins Pat 10.30am to 1pm on Sunday morning for a workshop in sets and two-hand dances. Contact Kay McGuinness.

St Mary's GAA Club, Saggart, Co Dublin

10 October 2009  9.30pm-1am  Triskell Ceili Band
25 October 2009  3-6pm  Glenside Ceili Band
14 November 2009  9.30pm-1am  Abbey Ceili Band
12 December 2009  9.30pm-1am  Glenside Ceili Band

Monthly ceilis with the top bands, admission €10. Contact Eileen Coyne and Finola O'Brientea served

Dunderry Set Dancing and Cultural Group, Dunderry Hall, Dunderry, Co Meath

10 October 2009  Cathal McAnulty Ceili Band
14 November 2009  Glenside Ceili Band
12 December 2009  Christmas party with Carousel

Dancing from 10pm to 1.30am with calling by Frank Keenan. Contact Henry and Carmel O'Callaghan.

Na Fianna GAA Club, St Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

10 October 2009  Glenside Ceili Band
14 November 2009  Fódhla Ceili Band
12 December 2009  Brian Ború Ceili Band

These ceilis are held on the second Saturday of every month, 9.30pm-1am, and feature ceili dances, sets and waltzes. Contact Mary Murphy and Ann Ryantea served

Owenabue Valley Traditional Group, GAA Pavilion, Carrigaline, Co Cork

10 October 2009  Mort Kelleher
14 November 2009  Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan
12 December 2009  Abbey Ceili Band

Thirty sets dance every month in this spacious hall from 9.30pm to 1.30am, €10. Contact Kitty Murphy and Barry Cogantea served

Community Centre, Taugheen, Claremorris, Co Mayo

10 October 2009, 10pm-1am

A ceili with Carousel. Contact Chris Oates, Chris White and Phil Cawe.

O'Dwyer's GAA Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

11 October 2009, 9pm-12am

Monthly Sunday night ceilis featuring music by Liam Carter for sets, two-hands and waltzes. Contact Maria McInerney and Freda Smithtea served

Future dates: 1 November, 29 November 2009

Workshop weekend, Listowel Arms Hotel, Listowel, Co Kerry

16-18 October 2009

This year's opening workshop at the big weekend of dancing in Listowel offers line dancing with Mark Bryan, 8-9.30pm. Next up is a ceili with the Abbey Ceili Band from 10pm to 1.30am. Saturday's programme starts with a sets and steps workshop with Ger Butler, 10.30am-1pm. Then between 2 and 5pm there's more dancing at a ceili with the Glenside Ceili Band. Ger is back for a jive workshop, 7-8.30pm, which is followed by an hour of country music with Martin Williams. Swallow's Tail play for the Saturday night ceili from 10pm to 1.30am. On Sunday morning Michael O'Rourke and Edwina Guckian teach sean nós and steps for sets, 11.30am-1.30pm. The afternoon ceili from 2.30 to 5.30pm features Johnny Reidy, and Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh play for the final ceili that night from 8 to 11pm. Contact Mary Philpott, Jerry O'Rourke and Michael O'Rourke.

Tourmakeady Hall, Tourmakeady, Co Mayo

17 October 2009  Annaly Ceili Band

Omagh Traditional Dancing Club, Dun Uladh Heritage Centre, Carrickmore Road, Ballinamullan, Omagh, Co Tyrone

18 October 2009, 4-7pm

The Annaly Ceili Band plays for this ceili. Contact Paul Cairns, Mairéad McMahon and Marie Garritytea served

Scoil Cheoil na Botha, Urbleshanny Hall, Scotstown, Co Monaghan

18 October 2009, 3-6pm

Festival ceili with the Emerald Ceili Band. The weekend includes concerts, music workshops and sessions. Contact Sean McElwain.

Julian's, Midfield, Swinford, Co Mayo

19 October 2009  Annaly Ceili Band
9 November 2009  Annaly Ceili Band
30 November 2009  Annaly Ceili Band

Dancing every Monday night from 9.30pm to 12.30am. Contact May Julian.

St Patrick's Hall, Delvin, Co Westmeath

23 October 2009  10pm-1am  Glenside Ceili Band
27 November 2009  10pm-1am  Brian Ború Ceili Band
27 December 2009  3.30-6.30pm  Glenside Ceili Band

Contact Cormac O'Neilltea served

Community Centre, Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny

23 October 2009, 9.30pm-1am

Sets, old-time and two hands with Ger Murphy and Ken Cotter. The venue is five miles from Waterford city between the N24 and N9. Contact Mary Phelantea served

New Pavilion, St Laurence's GAA, Old Grange, Narraghmore, Co Kildare

23 October 2009, 9pm, €10

Brian Ború Ceili Band supply the music at this ceili. The village is halfway between Athy and Kilcullen. Contact Betty Davis and Syl Belltea served

Kilwee Set Dancers, Our Lady Queen of Peace Hall, Stewartstown Road, Belfast

23 October 2009, 9.30pm-1am, £6

A ceili with music by the Cathal McAnulty Ceili Band and calling by Joe Farrell. Contact Maeve Gilmore and Lawrence Connollytea served

Oakland Hotel, Ballymoe Road, Glenamaddy, Co Galway

23 October 2009  9.30pm-12.30am  Annaly Ceili Band

Willie Keane Memorial Weekend, Halla an Phobail, Doonbeg, Co Clare

23-26 October 2009

The weekend in honour of Doonbeg's famous dancer opens at a welcome session with Colm O'Donnell and friends on Friday night at 10pm in Igoe's Inn. On Saturday there's a workshop in set dancing and jiving with Mary Murrihy and sean nós dancing with Suzanne Leahy, plus a ceili for kids on Saturday evening. That night from 10pm to 1.30am there's a ceili with the Glenside Ceili Band. On Sunday Larry McEvoy plays for an afternoon of set and old time dancing, and Brian Ború Ceili Band provides music for a final ceili in the hall on Sunday night at 10pm. The weekend also includes workshops in trad instruments and singing, plus sessions. Contact Margaret Dillon and Peggy Doherty.

Cooley-Collins Festival, Gort, Co Galway

23-26 October 2009

Joe Cooley and Kieran Collins are two local musicians who are remembered at this popular music weekend held in and around the town of Gort. Events on the opening Friday night take place in the nearby village of Peterswell. After Mass at 8pm, the official opening is in the Cooley Lodge at 9pm with music by Denis Liddy and young musicians from Barefield, Co Clare. The Four Courts take over from 10.30pm for the ceili. On Saturday there are music workshops in Gort Community Centre on the Ennis road. McCarthy's Lounge in the village of Kilbeacanty features a ceili at 10pm on Saturday night with the Tulla Ceili Band. After a Sunday afternoon concert at 4pm there's a ceili in the Lady Gregory Hotel with Matt Cunningham Ceili Band from 9.30pm to 12.30am. On Monday afternoon the Glenside Ceili Band play for the final ceili from 2 to 5pm in McCarthy's Lounge, Kilbeacanty. Contact Mary Coen.

Newtownshandrum Hall, Newtown, Charleville, Co Cork

24 October 2009  Ger Murphy
5 December 2009  Kevin Lynch and Marie Twomey

Ceilis from 9.30pm to 1am, €10. Contact Margaret Gearytea served

Community Centre, Curry, Co Sligo

24 October 2009  10pm-1am  Swallow's Tail Ceili Band
13 February 2010  10pm-1am  Glenside Ceili Band

Contact Seamus and Margaret Bretttea served

Father Casey's GAA Club, Listowel Road, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

24 October 2009, 9.30pm

Charity ceili with the Sliabh Luachra Ceili Band. Contact John Nolan.

Friends of Kenya Set Dancing Club, Killarney Heights Hotel, Cork Road, Killarney, Co Kerry

25 October 2009, 4-7pm, €10

A charity ceili with Johnny Reidy. Contact Charlie O'Connor and Tony O'Connor.

St Barry's Hall, Tarmonbarry, Co Longford

25 October 2009, 10pm-1am

A ceili with the Annaly Ceili Band. The hall is on the N5 five miles west of Longford. Contact Seamus Bennetttea served

Patrick O'Keeffe Traditional Music Festival, River Island Hotel, Castleisland, Co Kerry

26 October 2009, 3-6pm

Festival ceili with music by Ger Murphy. Contact T J Nelligan.

Tulsk Inn, Tulsk, Co Roscommon

26 October 2009, 4-7pm

Carousel Ceili Band plays for this ceili. Contact Karen Feerick.

Halloween Workshop Weekend, St Joseph's Hall, Saintfield Road, Carryduff, Co Down

30 October-1 November 2009, £22

Halloween is taken seriously at this weekend of dancing in a hall on the edge of Belfast, when otherwise sensible people dress up in outrageous costumes. The dancing opens on Friday night with the Annaly Ceili Band, 9.30pm-12.30am. Pat Murphy holds a workshop on Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm. The Copperplate Ceili Band is in residence for the rest of the weekend, with a ceili on Saturday night from 9.30pm to 1am. At the Sunday morning workshop, 11am-1pm, Pat concentrates on two-hand dances, and that afternoon there's a repeat appearance by the Copperplate, 2-5pm. Contact Rosaleen Murphy, Hugh McGauran and Teresa Quigg.

Loughnane-Quinn Memorial Hall, Labane, Ardrahan, Co Galway

31 October 2009  10pm-1am  Star of Munster Ceili Band
6 December 2009  4-7pm  Copperplate Ceili Band

Charity ceili in a sixty-year old hall beside the N18 between Ardrahan and Gort, admission €10. Contact Frank Hollandtea served

'98 Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck, Co Longford

31 October 2009, 10pm-1am, €10

A ceili with the Annaly Ceili Band from Longford. Contact Kieran Duffytea served

John Egan Traditional Music Festival, Co Sligo

31 October 2009

On the Saturday afternoon of this weekend festival there is a workshop and a ceili. Contact Teresa McCormack and Francis Taaffe.

Olde Brogue, Killimer, Kilrush, Co Clare

31 October 2009, 10pm-12.30am

Ceili and old-time with Matt Cunningham in the pub beside the Shannon ferry. Contact Pat Donovan.

O'Dwyer's GAA Clubhouse, Bremore, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

6 November 2009  9pm-12.30am  Cathal McAnulty Ceili Band
11 December 2009  8.30pm-12.30am  Christmas party with Liam Carter

Ceilis with live music and fear an tí Joe Condron. Contact Maria McInerney and Freda Smithtea served

Galway Bay Set Dancing Festival, Clybaun Hotel, Clybaun Road, Knocknacarra, Galway

6-8 November 2009, €40

The third year of this festival features workshops with three top teachers. Pat Murphy, Séamus Ó Méalóid and Tony Ryan share workshops on Friday from 7 to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 1pm. Music is by Matt Cunningham at the Friday ceili, by the Four Courts on Saturday night, both from 10pm to 1am, and by the Glenside Ceili Band on Sunday afternoon from 2.30 to 5.30pm. Contact Tony Ryan.

Diamond Set Dancing Weekend, Diamond Coast Hotel, Bartragh, Enniscrone, Co Sligo

6-8 November 2009

It's happening again in Enniscrone after a successful inaugural weekend in a new hotel on the coast last year. Oliver Fleming starts the dancing with a class on jiving from 8 to 10pm on Friday evening. There's great set dancing after that with Brian Ború Ceili Band from 10pm to 1am. Gerard Butler takes charge of the workshop from 11 am to 5pm on Saturday. There's country dancing with Duets between 5 and 7pm, and then the Copperplate Ceili Band play for sets from 10pm to 1am. On Sunday Marie Garrity teaches two-hand dancing from11am to 1pm, and then the Copperplate reappear for the final ceili from 2 to 5pm. There's also a session following each ceili with the Duets Band. Contact Oliver Fleming.

Cois Bearbha Set Dancing Club, Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny

7 November 2009  Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh
6 February 2010  Johnny Reidy Ceili Band
17 April 2010  Abbey Ceili Band
6 November 2010  Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan

Dancing begins at 9.30pm. Contact Gerry Kavanagh and Angela O'Connortea served

Cois Abhann Centre, Hollymount, Co Mayo

7 November 2009  Annaly Ceili Band

Dancing from 10pm to 1am. Contact Gertie Tighetea served

Cork-Kerry Weekend, Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co Cork

13-15 November 2009

If you like polka sets, you've come to the right place. This is Timmy McCarthy's seventeenth weekend dedicated to the music and dance of Cork and Kerry. The ceili on Friday, 10pm sharp, has music by Donncha Lynch, his family and friends, plus Timmy, his son Tony and their friends. On Saturday night, also 10pm, the Dingle duo Padráig Ó Sé and Tommy O'Sullivan let rip with their unique brand of Kerry music (bring towels and spare shirts). The Sunday afternoon ceili, 3pm, features the three members of Sliabh Notes, box player Donal Murphy, fiddler Matt Cranitch and Tommy O'Sullivan on guitar, and no doubt more friends. Timmy himself is a powerful presence throughout the weekend, conducting classes on Saturday and Sunday, playing box at the workshops and for a few sets at the ceilis, and serving as MC the rest of the time. The weekend also includes a dinner for dancers on Saturday, a walking tour of Ballyvourney on Sunday afternoon and a free concert on Sunday night. Contact Timmy and Rhona McCarthy.

St Brigid's Hall, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

14 November 2009

Tubbercurry Comhaltas hold a workshop and ceili today during a weekend of music, song and dance. P J Gorevan and Helen Kilgallen teach a morning workshop in Cawley's Hotel, 10am to 1pm, and that night there's a ceili with the Annaly Ceili Band from 10pm to 1am. Contact Joe Corscadden and Liam Flynn.

Boree Log, Lissycasey, Co Clare

14 November 2009

A mixed night of Caledonian Sets and social dancing with Matt Cunningham.

Edel Quin Hall, Kilbrin Road, Kanturk, Co Cork

14 November 2009, 9.30pm-12.30am, €10

Music by the Five Counties Ceili Band. Contact Marie Collinstea served

Community Centre, Killawalla, Westport, Co Mayo

14 November 2009  10pm-1am  Carousel

Eamonn an Chnoic Lounge, Raheen, Abbeyleix, Co Laois

14 November 2009  9.30pm  Brian Ború Ceili Band

Dancing in a cosy and comfortable pub lounge. Raheen is signposted on the road between Portlaoise and Abbeyleix. Contact June Cartertea served

Parish Hall, Schull, Co Cork

15 November 2009, 3pm

A ceili with music by Conor Moriarty and calling by Bert Moran. A workshop precedes the ceili from 1.30 to 2.30pm. Contact Bert and Annie Moran.

Sean-Óg Weekend, Longford Arms Hotel, Longford, Co Longford

20-22 November 2009

Mention Longford to a set dancer and their eyes will flash with excitement if they've ever attended one of the year's top set dancing weekend held here. The programme is packed with nearly continuous music and dancing from 7pm on Friday night all the way into the very early hours of Monday morning. The crowds are big enough to fill two hotels, the Longford Arms, the main venue, and its sister hotel, the Annaly, located on opposite sides of the main street, plus all the remaining local accommodation.

Gerard Butler starts off the dancing from 7 to 10pm on Friday with a jiving workshop with live music by Carmel McLoughlin in the Annaly Hotel. The ceili that night from 10pm to 1.30am is with the Abbey Ceili Band in the Longford Arms. Brona Graham and band keep the dancing going at the post-ceili late session.

Saturday begins with a morning workshop by Pat Murphy from 10pm to 1am in the Longford Arms. Gerard holds a class in the Annaly Hotel on sean nós dancing from 11am to 12.30pm. After lunch, the young Scottish band Johnny Rocks plays for a short ceili from 2 to 3pm, and then Patrick Feeney plays for social dancing till 5pm. Carmel McLoughlins entertains in the Annaly bar from 7 to 9pm, followed by the Annaly Ceili Band who play from 9pm to 12am. Across the street in the Longford Arms, Swallow's Tail play for the main ceili from 10pm to 1.30am. Afterward, there's more from Johnny Rocks.

Pat Murphy holds a workshop again on Sunday morning from 11pm to 1am, and Johnny Rocks make another appearance in the Annaly Hotel from 12.30 to 2pm. The afternoon ceili features Johnny Reidy from 2.30 to 5.30pm, followed by a singalong with Fergus Harmon, 7-9pm. That night the Lough Ree Ceili Band plays from 9pm to 12am for the closing ceili, followed by a farewell session.

Contact Gabrielle Cassidy and Gerard Butler.

McCarthy's Lounge, Kilbeacanty, Gort, Co Galway

21 November 2009, 10pm

The Glenside Ceili Band plays for a 21st birthday party. Contact Clare Smyth.

Community Centre, Kilconly, Tuam, Co Galway

21 November 2009  Carousel

Workshop weekend, Westport Woods Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo

27-29 November 2009, €40

It's always a treat to dance in the beautiful town of Westport, especially during this popular annual weekend. Swallow's Tail Ceili Band opens the dancing at a ceili on Friday night, 9.30pm-1am. Pat Murphy teaches the workshop on Saturday from 10.30am to 5.30pm. The ceili on Saturday night features music by Heather Breeze, 9.30pm-1am. Pat is back for another workshop on Sunday morning from 11am to 1pm, and the Glenside Ceili Band plays for one last ceili on Sunday afternoon, 2.30-5.30pm. If you can stick around, don't miss the lively closing session on Sunday night in Matt Molloy's Pub. Contact Eamonn Gannon.

Edel Quin Hall, Kilbrin Road, Kanturk, Co Cork

28 November 2009, 9.30pm-12.30am, €10

Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan play for a charity ceili. Contact Gerry Kelleher.

Crookstown, Co Cork

28 November 2009  Matt Cunningham

Ballinascreen Sets Group, An Ráth Dubh Centre, Moneyneena, Draperstown, Co Derry

29 November 2009, 4-7pm

Music by the Copperplate Ceili Band. The hall is on the Dungiven-Draperstown road. Contact Colm and Bernadette Murraytea served

Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin, Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney, Co Cork

4-5 December 2009, 9.30pm-1am, €10 each

The Éigse offers two ceilis with music by two local bands - Johnny Reidy plays on Friday night and by Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan on Saturday. In addition, there's a sean nós dancing workshop with Oireachtas winner Máire Áine Ní Iarnáin on Saturday from 11am-12.30pm at the Ionad Cultúrtha. Contact Paddy O'Riordan and Eilís Ní Shúilleabháintea served

Next Éigse: 3-4 December 2010

Guide Dog Dance Day, GAA Centre, Western Road, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

5 December 2009

Your last chance for a full day of dancing before Christmas. Gerard Butler teaches a workshop today, 10.30am-4.30pm, and the Lough Ree Ceili Band play for a ceili tonight, 9pm-12am. After the ceili it's time for the hooley! Proceeds to charity. Contact Chris Eichbaum.

Community Centre, Clonberne, Co Galway

5 December 2009  Matt Cunningham

Dunderry Comhaltas, Dunderry Hall, Dunderry, Co Meath

10 December 2009  Christmas party

Dancing from 10pm to 1.30am, called by Frank Keenan. Contact Ena McKiernantea served

Community Centre, Kilmactigue, Aclare, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

11 December 2009  Matt Cunningham

Community Centre, Roundfort, Co Mayo

12 December 2009  Matt Cunningham

Contact Chris Oates.

Claddagh Hall, Nimmo's Pier, Claddagh, Galway, Co Galway

13 December 2009, 3-6pm

Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh play for Marie Philbin's annual charity Christmas ceili. tea served

Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville Street, Derry, BT48 6LP

13 December 2009, 4-7pm

Christmas ceili with dancing to Copperplate Ceili Band. Contact Sean and Maura Herron and Ann Mulroe.

Community Centre, Ballyfin, Co Laois

14 December 2009, 8pm

A charity party and ceili night. Contact Maureen Culleton.

Holy Family Parish Centre, Cavehill Road, Belfast BT15

15 December 2009, 9pm-12.30am

Christmas ceili with Copperplate Ceili Band. Contact Ronán Eastwood.

Also on: 16 March 2010 with Oriel Ceili Band

Community Centre, Partry, Co Mayo

19 December 2009  10pm-1am  Matt Cunningham Ceili Band

Cashel CCÉ Ceili and Set Dance Club, Halla na Féile, Cashel, Co Tipperary

26 December 2009  4pm  Annaly Ceili Band

Contact Donnchadh Ó Cinnéide, Margaret Redmond and Margaret Carrietea served

4 Nights of Music, Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Lower Glanmire Road, Tivoli, Cork

31 December 2009-3 January 2010, €319

A mix of country and ceili music the attraction at this long New Year's weekend. Opening on New Year's eve there's dancing to the Donal Ring Ceili Band from 9 to 11.30pm, followed by country music with Pat Hayes to see out the old year. On the nights of 1 and 2 January Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh play for ceilis from 9 to 11pm, and Johnny Reidy plays on Sunday afternoon, 3 January, from 3 to 6pm. Country music begins after each ceili with Brendan Lee, T R Dallas, Kathy Durkin, Mary Darcy and others. Price includes four nights B&B, four evening meals and entertainment. Contact Pat Hayes.

Hotel Newport, Main Street, Newport, Co Mayo

2 January 2010

A ceili with Matt Cunningham. Contact Mickey Kelly.

Dancing in the Drumlins, Cavan Crystal Hotel, Dublin Road, Cavan, Co Cavan

8-10 January 2010

Cavan's most popular weekend of dancing opens on Friday evening at jive and waltz worskhop with Gerard Butler, 7-10pm. Following that is a ceili with Brian Ború Ceili Band, 10pm-1am. Workshops on Saturday morning from 10.30am to 1pm offer a choice of sets and steps with Fidelma Brannigan and John Cassidy, sean nós with Kathleen McGlynn and old-style step with Noel Devery. There are two ceilis on Saturday - Copperplate Ceili Band plays in the afternoon from 2.30 to 5.30pm followed at night by Johnny Reidy from 10pm to 1am. In between from 7 to 10pm there's country music on offer. On Sunday morning there's a two-hand dance workshop with Marie Garrity and a Caven Reel Set worskhop with Marian Crowe, 11am-1pm. Dancing finishes at the Sunday afternoon ceili with Micheál Sexton and Pat Walsh, 2.30-5.30pm. Contact Marian Crowe, Terry Crowe, Bríd Flynn and Paul Cooney.

Workshop weekend, Abbey Court Hotel, Dublin Road, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

8-10 January 2010

Your first chance for a set dancing workshop weekend in 2010! Starting on Friday night at 9pm, local box player Tom McCarthy provides music for a dance session. Pat Murphy teaches sets old and new on Saturday from 10.30am to 5.30pm. The music at the Saturday night ceili from 9pm is by the Annaly Ceili Band. Pat teaches a Sunday morning workshop from 11am to 1pm, followed by an afternoon ceili, 2.30-6pm, with the Glenside Ceili Band. Contact Mary and Danny Morrissey.

A Mighty Weekend of Set Dancing, The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin

15-17 January 2010

The Malahide weekend is the Dublin area's biggest set dancing weekend and a tribute to the late dance master, Connie Ryan. It's an important weekend for set dancers, not only for the great music and eager dancers attracted here from around the world, but also because this is often the occasion where newly revived sets are launched.

The weekend opens with a workshop on Friday evening from 8 to 9.30pm by Aidan Vaughan, who will impart some of his knowledge of Clare battering. A ceili follows from 9.30pm to 12.30am with music by the Slievenamon Group of musicians who have a long association with Connie Ryan.

Pat Murphy and Tony Ryan teach set and two-hand dances between 10am and 1pm on Saturday. Ceilis fill the rest of the day with the Four Courts playing from 2.30 to 5pm, and Brian Ború Ceili Band from 9.30pm to 1am.

Sunday begins with a tradtional step dancing workshop by Michael Tubridy from 10 to 11.30am, and continues with sets and sean nós dancing taught by Mick Mulkerrin until 1pm. Then Swallow's Tail Ceili Band brings the weekend to a rousing finish at the ceili from 2.30 to 5.30pm.

The town of Malahide is about ten miles north of the city centre on the coast with large sandy beaches and a marina nearby. It has a small town atmosphere that makes it a pleasant place for a weekend. Hotel accommodation packages in the hotel are available and B&Bs are plentiful in the area. Book your place early as they fill up in advance; there's a accommodation list on the weekend's web site, www.geocities.com/slievenamon.

Proceeds from the weekend are donated to cancer charity in memory of Connie. Contact Betty McCoy and Ann Grant.

The Shindig, Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Ardfert-Ballyheigue Road, Tralee, Co Kerry

22-24 January 2010

The Shindig is a weekend packed with music and dancing at a new hotel in the countryside outside Tralee. Friday evening opens with a battering steps workshop by Gerard Butler from 7.30 to 9.30pm. The ceili following from 10pm to 1.15am features music by Johnny Reidy. On Saturday Ger is back to lead a full day of sean nós dancing, while Pat Murphy teaches a selection of sets, both from 11am to 5.30pm. After an evening session with Johnny Ashe from 7.30-9.30pm, the Copperplate Ceili Band plays for a ceili from 10pm to 1.30am. Ger and Pat teach workshops again on Sunday morning from 11am to 1pm, which is followed by an afternoon ceili with Brian Ború Ceili Band from 2.30 to 6pm. The weekend concludes on Sunday night with country and trad music by Micheál Sexton, 8.30pm-12am. Contact Paddy and Carolyn Hanafin and see also www.shindigfestival.com.

Termonfeckin Set Dancing Weekend, An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co Louth

22-24 January 2010, €215

A weekend of dancing at a residential college near the Irish Sea. Dancing begins on Friday, 9pm-12am, at a ceili with music by local band Triskell Ceili Band. The choice of workshops on Saturday from 10am to 5pm includes set dancing with Pádraig and Róisín McEneany, step dancing with Michael and Celine Tubridy and sean nós dancing with Michael and Kathleen McGlynn. The Abbey Ceili Band plays for the Saturday night ceili, 9.30pm-1am, and again at the farewell ceili on Sunday afternoon, 2-5pm. The weekend price includes all entertainment, accommodation and meals. Places are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact John and Sheila McEvoy and Jim Finegan.

Comórtas Cóilín Sheáin Dharach, Colaiste Tin, Rosmuc, Co Galway

29-31 January 2010

Contact Risteárd MacAodha.

Omagh Traditional Dancing Club Workshop Weekend, Dun Uladh Heritage Centre, Carrickmore Road, Ballinamullan, Omagh, Co Tyrone

29-31 January 2010

Omagh's weekend of dance begins with a welcome ceili in the Silverbirch Hotel, 5 Gortin Road, where Copperplate Ceili Band plays from 10pm. Saturday's workshop is taught by Pat Murphy from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and that night from 10pm Brian Ború Ceili Band plays for a ceili. On Sunday morning, 11am-1pm, Marie Garrity teaches two-hand dances. Playing for the closing ceili is Swallow's Tail from 2 to 5pm. Contact Paul Cairns, Mairéad McMahon and Marie Garrity.

Step to the West, Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co Clare

29-31 January 2010

This weekend in Ennistymon brightens up the Clare winter with lively ceilis by some top bands. Johnny Reidy opens the festival on Friday night, 10pm-1.30am. The Abbey Ceili Band are here on Saturday afternoon from 2.30 to 5.30pm, and that night's ceili, 10pm-1.30am, features music by Swallow's Tail. Finishing up on Sunday afternoon are the Five Counties Ceili Band from 2.30 to 5.30pm. Live music sessions take place all weekend. Contact Sean Longe and the Falls Hotel.

Banada Abbey Hall, Banada, Tourlestrane, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

6 February 2010, 10pm-1am

Annaly Ceili Band make music for this charity ceili. The hall is between Tubbercurry and Aclare. Contact Bernie Mulgrew and Belinda Flemingtea served

Communty Centre, Mountbellew, Co Galway

13 February 2010, 10pm-1am

A ceili with the Annaly Ceili Band. Contact Maureen Meehantea served

Gathering Traditional Festival, Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry

24-27 February 2010

Contact John O'Shea and Anne Keane.

Ballina Set Dancing Weekend, Ballina Ramada Hotel, Burry Street, Ballina, Co Mayo

5-7 March 2010

A new town for a new set dancing weekend. Early arrivals can start dancing at a country and western dance workshop with Oliver Fleming on Friday evening before the ceili that night with Copperplate Ceili Band. On Saturday morning there's a workshop with Gerard Butler, in the afternoon there's country music with Michael and Breege Cleary, and that night there's a ceili with the Annaly Ceili Band. Marie Garrity holds her workshop on Sunday morning, and the afternoon ceili features Swallow's Tail Ceili Band. Contact Oliver Fleming.

Workshop weekend, Devon Inn Hotel, Templeglantine, Co Limerick

5-7 March 2010

The West Limerick Set Dancing Club weekend returns to the Devon Inn where Connie Ryan once taught workshops. This year the dance masters are Pat Murphy, Betty McCoy and Gerard Butler, who's first up with a jiving workshop on Friday, 7-8.30pm. The opening ceili has music by the Allow Ceili Band beginning at 9pm; there's also a bar session with Gearóid Keating. On Saturday, Pat and Betty teach sets from 10am to 5pm. At the same time Ger teaches a workshop for children, and at 7pm he holds a battering steps workshop. The Abbey Ceili Band are on stage at 9pm for the Saturday night ceili. On Sunday morning from 10.30am to 1pm there's more set dancing with Pat and Betty, and a separate sean nós dancing workshop with Ger. The afternoon ceili features Taylor's Cross Ceili Band from 2 to 5pm. That night at 9pm there's set and social dancing with Jerry McCarthy. Contact Josephine O'Connor, Ann Curtin, Con Egan and Nora Murphy.

The Hills of Donegal, Clanree Hotel, Derry Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

5-7 March 2010

Contact Diane Cannon.

Workshop weekend, Park Inn, Mulranny, Newport, Co Mayo

12-14 March 2010

Contact Mickey Kelly.

Frankie Roddy Set Dancing Weekend, Everglades Hotel, Prehen Road, Derry

19-21 March 2010

A weekend of dancing beside the River Foyle and the walled city of Derry. The Friday and Saturday night ceilis feature music by Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan all the way from Co Cork. Saturday's workshops are from 10.30am to 5pm, with a choice of set dancing led by Pádraig and Róisín McEneany, two-hand dancing with Marie Garrity and sean nós taught by Kathleen and Michael McGlynn. There's a recap of the workshops on Sunday morning. The Copperplate Ceili Band wraps up the dancing on Sunday afternoon at a ceili from 2 to 5pm. Joe Farrell calls sets at the ceilis. Contact Sean and Maura Herron and Ann Mulroe.

Hugh's Big Bash, Central Hotel, The Diamond, Donegal, Co Donegal

26-28 March 2010, €130

The bash moves to Donegal town this year. Dancing opens with a mix of country and trad played by Tom Campbell from 8 to 10pm. Pure trad follows with the Annaly Ceili Band playing for the ceili that night from 10pm to 1am. On Saturday morning Teresa Quigg from Belfast teaches her first weekend workshop from 10.30am to 1pm. Then from 2 to 5pm Fidelma Brannigan and John Cassidy share a workshop on sean nós and battering steps. Copperplate Ceili Band play for the ceili on Saturday night, also 10pm to 1am. On Sunday morning Marie Garrity conducts a two-hand workshop from 10.30am to 1pm and the ceili that afternoon from 2.30 to 5.30pm has music by the Oriel Ceili Band. Joe Farrell calls all the sets this weekend. There are sessions before and after the two night ceilis. The price shown above includes all dancing, two nights' B&B and one dinner. Contact Hugh McGauran.

Workshop weekend, Gaelscoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, Creagh Road, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

17-18 April 2010

Teaching workshops this weekend is Pat Murphy. Contact Maureen Cusack and Michael Cusack.

Caught in the Briars Weekend, Seán Óg's Hotel, Kilmuckridge, Gorey, Co Wexford

23-25 April 2010

A new weekend of dancing by the sea on the Wexford coast. The first of four ceilis is with the Abbey Ceili Band on Friday at 9.30pm. The double-bill on Saturday has Cúpla Ceili Band playing for ceili and old time at 3pm and the Glenside Ceili Band at 9.30pm. Finishing up on Sunday at 3pm is Jerry McCarthy. All proceeds are for charity. Contact Yvonne Kinsella and Emilie Lacey.

Community Hall, Ballydehob, Co Cork

24 April 2010  9.30pm-1am  Johnny Reidy Ceili Band

Contact Janet Robertson.

17th Half-Door Club International Festival, Community Centre, Castletown, Co Laois

30 April-3 May 2010

Co Laois's biggest dance festival offers plenty of great music and dancing over the four-day May bank holiday weekend. Contact John Sinnott, Mícheál Lalor and Peter Redmond.

Féile Damhsa Gaelach, Óstán Loch Altan Hotel, Gortahork, Co Donegal

20-23 May 2010

Pat Murphy is one of the teachers holding workshops this weekend. Contact Sean McElwee and Madge O'Grady.

Birr Set Dancing Festival, Marian Hall, Birr, Co Offaly

4-6 June 2010

This festival offers everything you're looking for in a good weekend - great bands, top teachers, a fine spacious hall, a beautiful town and good weather (fingers crossed). It gets started at the Friday night ceili with Tim Joe and Anne O'Riordan, 10pm-1am. On Saturday morning and afternoon Pádraig and Róisín McEneany teach sets and steps at a workshop from 10am to 5pm. The big ceili that night from 10pm to 1.30am has music by the Johnny Reidy Ceili Band. There's also music before the ceili at a session in the Chestnut Bar, Green Street, from 7.30 to 10pm. Mick Mulkerrin teaches sean nós dancing in a workshop from 11am to 1pm on Sunday morning. Sunday's dancing continues with the Abbey Ceili Band at the afternoon ceili from 3 to 6pm. Contact Donal Morrissey and Ronan Morrissey.

Workshop Weekend, Armagh City Hotel, 2 Friary Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, BT60 4FR

11-13 June 2010

A new weekend debuts on the set dancing calendar. Contact Vincent Lewis.

Set Dancing Week, Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare

2-11 July 2010

Contact the Armada Hotel for information on the dancing week and to book a bedroom or self-catering cottage; you can also book via their web site - www.armadahotel.com. The Ennis Tourist Office can help with other local accommodation.

37th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare

3-11 July 2010

For further information please contact Harry Hughes and Muiris Ó Rócháin. See the official programme on the Willie Clancy Summer School web site at www.setdancingnews.net/wcss.

21st South Sligo Summer School, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

11-17 July 2010

More information is available from Marie Flannery and Rita Flannery. The summer school website www.sssschool.org has programme and accommodation details. For assistance with accommodation contact Roger McCarrick. Handy maps of Tubbercurry and Co Sligo are on this website - www.johnthemap.co.uk.

20th Joe Mooney Summer School, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim

17-24 July 2010

For questions get in touch with one of the organising committee - Nancy Woods, Mary Doyle, Pádraig McLoughlin and Jimmie Costello. For a clear map of the town, see www.johnthemap.co.uk.

O'Carolan Summer School and Harp Festival, Keadue, Co Roscommon

25 July-2 August 2010

For assistance with local accommodation and any other questions please contact Paraic Noone and Margaret Grimes or consult the summer school website, www.ocarolanharpfestival.ie.

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