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Padraig Ó Luain RIP

Funeral arrangements: Reposing in McGowans Funeral Home, Ballina on Tuesday 22nd April between 5 and 6.30pm. Removal to St Muredachs Cathedral. Funeral Mass 12.30pm. Burial at Leigue Cemetery.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dílis.

Irish Nationals 2014 Timetable

Please click the below link for Craobhacha Rince na hÉireann 2014 timetable



Damien Donnelly ADCRG R.I.P

Funeral Arrangments Damien Donnelly RIP

Reposing at his home from 4.30p.m. today Monday 31st March.

Funeral Mass, Wednesday 2nd April at 10.00am in St. Agnes Church, Andersontown Road, Belfast.

Following to Roselawn Crematorium at 3.30pm.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. 


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Damien Donnolly, Belfast Ireland, following a long illness


2014 Midlands OIR Invite to Adjudicate

Please click on the following link to access invitation to adjudicate the 2014 Midlands Oireachtas, this link can also be found in the download section

Mauretta Armstrong R.I.P Obituary


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mauretta Armstrong, affectionately known as the ‘Mother of Irish Dancing’ in the Midlands.

Mauretta passed away suddenly and peacefully after a short illness on 7th March 2014 aged 90 years. Reunited with her husband Bobby, will be sadly missed by daughters Nora, Lucy and Bernie, son in laws John, Jim and Graham, also all grandchildren and great Grandchildren

Mauretta Armstrong (neé Hallinan) hailed from Ashford in County Limerick, Ireland. She originally learned her dancing from Johnny Daly who used to teach in the school in Ashford and later in the Hallinan family home.  She arrived in New Street Station, Birmingham in 1943, having been recruited by Lucas Munitions factory.  Many Irish people emigrated towards the end of the Second World War seeking adventure and good wages in Birmingham and other parts of Britain.

Mauretta returned to Limerick for a holiday and encountered a former school friend who was also resident in Birmingham. A relative introduced them both to Saint Catherine’s Irish Club in Birmingham where they danced ballroom dancing on a Saturday night and Céilí Dancing on Sunday evenings. It was in Saint Catherine’s that Mauretta met up with Bobby Armstrong and they were asked by the local brand of the Gaelic League , Craobh Athair Micheal O Flanagáin, to establish an Irish Dancing class. Despite some initial hesitation, Mauretta and Bobby (who had danced for Alice Mc Aleer and Leo Madden in Belfast) set up class under the auspices of the Gaelic League and then established the Colmcille School in 1944.

The Colmcille class and the Colmcille Feis became a site for social bonding for many Irish emigrants to the Midlands and the dancing matrix functioned as a community for many rural immigrants.

Pupils from the Colmcille School continued to compete successfully until 1995 achieving many national awards including All Ireland champions in figure, céilí and solo championships.  Among the many dancers that Colmcille produced during her earlier years were Bobby Smith (RIP), Brian McDaid, Madeline Hall, Carol Walsh and Mary Fogarty.  Many former pupils went on to establish their own successful schools both in the Midlands and abroad. Namely The Kidd School, Holy Family/Comerford/Glendaragh Schools, Jean Davis Academy, Tony Comerford (USA), Murphy Brennan.  Indeed , Eileen Kelly a past pupil of Colmcille, was the very first teacher from the region to be awarded her TCRG, in 1963 from whence the Scanlon School and McCarron School originated..  Mauretta also extended her experience and enthusiasm for Irish dance outside of Colmcille and guided many now-established and successful teachers in their early years, in particular Danny Doherty, for which he will always be grateful. 

Although Mauretta’s competitive years had ceased she still took an active interest in every aspect of Irish dance within the Midlands and worldwide and never missed a feis, be it local or the world championships.

Mauretta was pivotal in the cultural life of the Irish in the very multi cultural city of Birmingham and the Colmcille Feis became a hub for all of the Irish community who cherished the dual identity of Irish and Brummie.  In recognition for this she received the prestigious Irish Post Award and was also honoured in the Midlands for her outstanding contribution to Irish culture here in Birmingham.

December 14th last year saw Mauretta celebrate her 90th birthday, surrounded by family and friends in Birmingham. Having left a wonderful legacy, not just in the Midlands but Worldwide, perhaps Mauretta’s greatest honour was to be named as the overall honouree for the 2014 World Championships in London. We do hope that Mauretta will smile down on the event and bask in the glory of what is sure to be the world’s finest talents in Irish dancing. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis


Please click on the following link to access the invitation to adjudicate the 2014 European Oireachtas

Also available in the download section of the website. 


ADCRG/TCRG/TMRF Examinations have been confirmed for the 23rd-26th April 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, Venue TBC For further information regarding availability and registration please email


Tim Madden RIP

Brother of Rose Nolan, Tim Madden, Greenfields, Rosbrien, late of Athlunkard Nursing Home, formerly of CIE. Honorary Life President of Limerick Choral Union. Deeply regretted by sons Paddy, Timmy, Michael, and Phil, sister Rosaleen, and exteded family.

Reposng at Cross' funeral homon Thursday from5pm wth removal at 6.30m. Requeim Mass at St John's Catedral on Friday at 11am.

Burial afterwards in Mount St Lawrence Old Cemetry. RIP

2015 ECRO Invitation to Adjudicate

Please click on the following link to access the invitation to adjudicate the 2015 Eastern Canada Regional Oireachtas

Adjudicators selected Great Britains 2014

Ciaron Brooks                    Southern England

James McCutcheon           Scotland

Justine Ward Mallinson    North West England

Kathleen McLaughlin        Scotland

Kelley O’Boyle                   Southern England

Catherine Flanagan           Ulster

Gavin Doherty                    Ulster

Kevin McCormack              Leinster

Mary Honan                       Munster

Phoebe O’Donoghue         Leinster

Byron Tuttle                      Mid America Region

Kathleen Keady                 New England Region

Sean Flynn                        Mid Atlantic Region

Sharon Whelan                 Western Region

Vicki Paulin                       Victoria, Australia

NB Info -Costume & Make Up Effective 1st Mar

Artificial Carriage Aids (4.3 in CLRG Rule Book) 4.3.3 In order to comply with health and safety measures, all dancers lining up side stage prior to any round at any competition will be required to perform the simple exercise of raising their arms to shoulder level unhindered. If unable to do this by the time of their rotation due to costume stitching or arm attachments, these competitors will not be permitted to perform. Effective immediately. Note: This rule above appears in the 2014 World syllabus and will be enforced at the 2014 World Championships.

Costume Rules (4.4 in CLRG Rule Book) 4.4.9. All forms of dance school identification, be it by sign, shape, colour-piece, logo or symbol be banned from all solo costumes worn by any competitor in any competition. AMENDMENT: 'Initials' and 'name' will be added to this rule, effective January 1, 2015.

Make-up Rules (4.5 in CLRG Rule Book) 4.5.2 Make-up (including false eyelashes) is not permitted for dancers, in either solo or team competitions, up to and including the Under 10 age group (POINT OF CLARIFICATION) For the purposes of this rule the term "make up" includes tinted moisturiser and any artificial tanning products. An Coimisiún hopes that teachers and parents will interpret and apply this rule in the spirit in which it is intended.] . Effective March 1, 2014.

The full list of costume rules can be found by selecting the following link.

Craobhacha Rince na hÉireannn 2014 Info

For full information on Craobhacha Rince na hÉireann - Irish Nationals 2014 please select the below link.

Application for the Comortaisí Gaeilge is enclosed also


Lisa Cullen R.I.P. - Funeral Arrangements
Lisa Cullen R.I.P. Funeral information Removal from the family home on Saturday evening to arrive to St Mary Church Edgeworthstown for prayers at 8 o' clock. Funeral mass on Sunday at 1.30pm followed with burial to Ardagh Cemetery Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

NAIDC Sponsorship, Vending & Advertising

Please click on the below link to access the sponsorship, vending and advertising guide for the 2014 North American Irish Dance Championships


NAIDC 2014 Syllabus & Hotel Accommodation

Please click on the below links to access the 2014 North American Irish Dance Championships syllabus and Hotel Information.

The daily schedule of competitions can be found on the last page of the syllabus.




ADCRG/TCRG/TMRF Examinations will take place in Dublin, 8th-11th January 2015 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Newlands Cross, D22.

For further details regarding availability and registration please email


ADCRG/TCRG/TMRF Examinations will take place in Baltimore, October 2nd-5th 2014. Hotel - Doubletree Baltimore (Airport). For further details regarding availability and registration please email


ADCRG/TCRG/TMRF Examinations will take place in The Communications Academy, Manchester, 21st-24th August 2014. For further details regarding availability and registration please email

Connacht Oireachtas ADCRG Invite

The invitation to adjudicate at Oireachtas Rince Connacht can be found in the download section.

British National Championships Notice

Please click on the following link for an importance notice regarding the British National Championships