Irish Dancing 2019
All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships
Oireachtas Rince na hÉireann
February 17th-23rd 2019
INEC, Muckross Road, Killarney, Co.Kerry
Great Southern Hotel Killarney
Competitors from around the globe are gathering at the INEC and the Great Southern Hotel Killarney this February for Oireachtas Rince na hÉireann, All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships 2019.
The week long Irish dance event runs from February 17th-23rd and is organised by An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha. It is expected to bring in excess of 3000 competitors and 7000 spectators to Kerry. The event, which was established in 1932, is the longest running major competition in the Irish dance calendar.
“We are honoured to welcome back the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships to Killarney. Everyone is appreciative of the business generated by this event. We therefore thank An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) for choosing our town once again and guarantee that your members will have a fantastic time here,” says Patrick O’Donoghue, Managing Director of the INEC.
“We are delighted to return to Killarney which has successfully hosted many events in the past and a feast of Irish music and dance is assured,” says James Mc Cutcheon, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee. “The world’s most proficient dancers will take to the INEC stage and demonstrate their skills in front of an international adjudication panel.” Indeed, we had such an increased entry for this years event that we had to secure an additional venue to avoid late finishes. We are delighted that the Great Southern Hotel has come on board. We will be providing a shuttle service between venues for ease of access and to assist teachers and dancers who need to travel between venues.
Tá áthas orainn filleadh ar Chill Áirne. Tréaslaímíd Róisín agus Antóin Ó Nualláin a bheidh inár dteannta le linn na Féile I mbliana toisc an dea saothar atá déanta acu beirt ar son An Choimisiúin le Rincí Gaelacha. This year An coimisiún is delighted to honour Róisín agus Antóin Nualláin to acknowledge their outstanding to Irish dancing in Munster and internationally.
Blending culture and tradition with contemporary choreography and aesthetic athletic prowess, the Championships will attract dancers from around the world to compete for Irish dancing’s oldest title. Dancers ranging in age from nine years to senior will compete in solo and team competitions.
This year, Oireachtas Rince na hÉireann is an International Qualifying event offering dancers from every region the opportunity to qualify for Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne, the World Irish Dancing Championships, which will be held in Greensboro North Carolina in April 2019. Qualification for the World Championships is something that every dancer aspires to as it inspires them to be among the best dancers in the world.