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

The Irish Nationals will take place in City West Hotel & Conference Centre on 16th, 17th & 18th May, 2014.

This is our 3rd year and both 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.


Please click here for the newly published timetable.

General Updates

Please read this important information

The teacher’s reception will be held on Thursday night at 8.30 pm in The Ballroom in City West Hotel. This is situated immediately right of stairs on first floor in City West Hotel. All registered teachers, adjudicators, musicians and the tabulation staff are invited to this, but please note that you must show your registration card for admittance.

The teacher’s room / hospitality suite, which has been sponsored by An Comhairle Laighean, will be situated in the Avoca Suite on the 1st floor of the Conference Centre. This will be open from 10am – 5pm.

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 2013, must be returned (clean and in condition ready to present) to Elizabeth McConomy rear of stage in Hall A (The Arena) by 12 noon on Friday 16th May, 2014.

Programmes, wristbands & competitor’s numbers (for Friday only) will be available at the main entrance to the Conference Centre from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday.

Programmes for teachers can also be collected at this time.

Wristbands & competitor’s numbers for Saturday will be available 3pm – 5pm on Friday and can be collected at the main entrance to the Conference Centre.

Wristbands & competitor’s numbers for Sunday will be available 1pm – 3pm on Saturday and can be collected at the main entrance to the Conference Centre.

Doors will be open each day at 7.30 am.

All registered teachers, adjudicators and council numbers must show I.D. & sign in, to obtain a wristband for admittance.

Any competitor’s numbers not collected the day before will be available for collection at the main entrance to the Conference Centre.

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 have been sent to all teachers who have pupils competing these competitions. There will be a notice advising competitors in this as to when results will be given out. Maire Mhic Aogain will be judging 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.

There will be a Second Hand Costume Room, run 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. Fee is €30 for leaving costume in for entire weekend.

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.

Make-up (including false eyelashes and face-tan) is not be permitted for dancers, in either solo or team competitions, up to and including the Under 10 age group.

Please note that alcohol, hot drinks or food will NOT be permitted into any of the competition halls.


There are a number of sponsorship package available. click here for more information.


We are expecting a large entry for this year's event so it is an excellent opportunity for manufacturers and retailers to get the products into the dancing arena.

Restaurant Times:

Pavilion Lounge
open from 8am – 11.30pm.
Serving snacks, sandwiches etc.

Carvery lunch
12.30pm – 3.30.pm Monday – Friday
12.30pm – 5pm on Sunday

4pm – 10.30pm – Monday - Friday
12.30pm – 10.30pm – Saturday
5.30pm – 10.30pm – Sunday

Lemongrass restaurant
12.30pm – 10.30pm
Monday - Sunday

Lakes Suite
Café and Tuck Shop from the bar
Opening times will be the Irish dancing times

City West Pizza Service
There will be a late night pizza service
in main hotel bar after Bistro closes.

24 hour room service to all rooms

Please note that alcohol or food will not be permitted into any of the competition halls.

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