Welcome to the 2016 Irish Nationals

Welcome to the website for Craobhacha Rince Náisiúnta na hÉireann (The Irish Nationals).

The Irish Nationals will take place in City West Conference Centre on 13th, 14th & 15th May, 2016.

This is our 5th year and the previous years were a huge success and we look forward to seeing all teachers, parents & dancers again this year so we can repeat that success.

The website will be updated regularly so check back regularly.

News Updates

  • Programmes, wristbands & competitor’s numbers (for Friday only) will be
    available at the main entrance to the Conference Centre from 6pm to 9pm on
  • In Hall A (The Arena) the front row is reserved for teachers only.
  • In Hall B (Sycamore Suite), there will be a teachers only enclosure which will take
    in the front 2 rows. These are strictly for registered teachers only.
  • All perpetual cups won in 2015, must be returned (clean and in condition
    ready to present) to Noreen Duggan rear of stage 2 in Hall A (The Arena)
    by 12 noon on Friday 13th May, 2016. Engraving is to be done on 2 lines,
  • 1st line: 2015 & Name of dancer, 2nd line: Name of school – please abbreviate Scoil Rince to S.R.
  • Teachers Programmes & teachers wristbands can be collected in Hotel Lobby on Thursday from 7pm – 9pm. Thereafter, teachers programmes & wristbands will be available to be collected at the main entrance to the Conference Centre each day.
  • Wristbands & competitor’s numbers for Saturday will be available 3pm – 5pm
    on Friday and can be collected at the main entrance to the Conference
  • Wristbands & competitor’s numbers for Sunday will be available 3pm – 5pm on
    Saturday and can be collected at the main entrance to the Conference Centre.
  • Doors will be open at 7.00 am on Friday and from 7.30 am on Saturday & Sunday.
  • Any competitor’s numbers not collected the day before will be available for
    collection sidestage prior to commencement of the competition.
  • No I.D. cards are required for dancers.
  • Admission is €10 per day or €25 for a weekend ticket.
  • A reduced rate of €5 per day for OAPs and students.
  • Marks packs will be available from ‘marks’ table at the main entrance to
    the Conference Centre immediately following Results & Presentations.
    Marks will also be available to purchase from 10am on Saturday & Sunday.
  • The times for Irish Language Competions will be sent to all teachers who
    have pupils competing these competitions.
  • A practice area has been provided at the rear of The Arena – ground floor
    of Conference Centre. Dancers are requested to respect other dancers using
    the facility. No loud music will be permitted to be used in this area.
  • All competitions will be in order as stated on timetable.
  • In all championships, the heavy round will be danced first, as per syllabus.
  • In championships 7-8 & 8-9, all dancers will perform all 3 rounds.
  • Dancers in 7-8 & 8-9 age groups only will be required to dance 40 bars
    in the first two rounds, as per the syllabus.
  • In championships from 9-10 upwards, there will be a 50% recall for Set Dance, up to a maximum of 60 competitors. However, in all boys
    championships and in girls championships from 17-18 upwards, there will be
    no recall and all dancers will perform the Set Dance.
  • Those dancers not recalled will be given an opportunity to compete in a
    Priomh Comortas, where they will perform a Traditional Set Dance.
  • All dancers must line up side stage before the commencement of Priomh Comortas so they can be sorted into Traditional Set Dance order.
  • The draw for the judges will take place each day at 8.15 am in Hall A.
  • There will be a rotating panel of 3 adjudicators on each round of each championship.
  • There will be 5 adjudicators on Ceili & Figure Championships.
  • The Vendors Village will be open for trading from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday,
    but it will be closed strictly at 8pm.
  • There will be a Second Hand Costume Room, ran by Isabella Fogarty in the
    Carraig Suite, next door to Lakes Suite. No other second-hand dresses may
    be put up for sale at the ‘Irish Nationals’. The opening times will be
    Friday & Saturday: 8am – 6pm and on Sunday 8am – 5pm.
  • List of vendors and further details on the second hand costume room will be given on this website, as soon as it is available.
  • All mobile telephones must be switched off in the competition halls.
  • All competitors must be in full costume including footwear for presentations.
  • Coaching from the floor is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification of dancers.
  • There will be a first aid station in rear of The Arena (Ground Floor Conference Centre).
  • The public bar area in the hotel must not be used for make-up purposes.
  • Please note that alcohol, hot drinks or food will NOT be permitted into
    any of the competition halls.