2024
Only weeks in but plenty on the go already!

New Dress in Design

Delighted to have teamed up with O'Malley's for our new dress ... watch out for more pix soon!

Taylor Swift anyone!?!

Our raffle tickets are now on sale. All profits go to the dancers travelfund for those going to Paris in March. 

Classes back 

New terms starting. As always places go to returning/current dancers first. 

2023

A fun year!

Disney prep

We're heading back to Paris for a third time ????

Bookings being made and prep underway for our next tour.... ????☘️

Back to Classes

Classes start back and this year we will have some of our seniors/trainee teachers taking classes to hone their skills towards their final teaching exams! 

Class Feis

Venue: Inniscarra Community Centre
Date: May 30th
Adjudicator: Kelly Brassil

Huge congrats to all our wonderful dancers who did us proud. A super display of the hard practise put in all year.

Berlin for Paddy's

Not much happening this year but the few of us die-hards went on tour anyway!
Berlin - a fab city - cosmopolitan, diverse, mad :) Great for a weekend.

The Brandenburg Gate on Paddy's Day. 

Even a few steps were done in Berlins largest Beer Hall on Paddy's night ☘️

Followed by Ireland's victory in the Six Nations & Grand Slam Rugby - electric atmosphere in the Kilkenny Irish Bar, fair play to the boys in Green

Grade Exams 

Venue: Tower, Blarney, Cork

Date: Feb 26th 

Adjudicator: Miah Walsh ADCRG

Huge congrats to all our wonderful dancers who did us proud again with all honours :)

Gillian O'D, Rebecca, Aisling, Siobhán, Lisa, Ciara, Catherine, Erika, Ellie, Anna,
​Jack, Danjoe, Maryellen, Leah, Elle & Grace.


CLRG Scandal

Disheartening but not surprising to teachers worldwide.
We made a strategic decision to step back from competition years ago with this being one of the main reasons.
The past years concentrating on travel and grade exams with minimal competition - only to give the experience/weekend away for the Munsters etc.

The silver lining is that we are now from grass roots up trying to push for change and accountability.
Munster teachers have been very united and strong in driving this, pushing for:
1/ an EGM which was achieved
2/ resignations of certain few 'in power' opposing accountability and change - some successful, others disappointing haven't gone
3/ change management professional group to be brough in to consult and drive changes needed - WIP
Dependent on the outcome, we will review our registration and decide whether to stay with CLRG or move!

2022

Good luck to Steph & Taisce
Steph is studying Arts in UCC & Taisce is studying Animal Health in FET
​Well done ladies. Delighted for you both.

Senior Citizens

We were delighted to be invited to perform for the residents of the Ballincollig Nursing Home. 

More on this coming soon :)

Grade exams - July

Date: July 23-25th. Examiner: Nancy Troy O'Herlihy SDCRG 
Venue: Blarney, Cork. 

Huge congrats to Gina & Hannah who have now completed all 12 grade exams

Likewise, to all dancers who did us so proud in these exams including:
Karen, Aisling, Theresa, Melissa, Gillian O'D, Gillian H, Siobhán, Leighann, Dáithí, Lisa, Jack, Danjoe, Maryellen, Leah & Elle

Heard on the
grapevine!

Free audience tickets for Réalta agus Gaolta :)
Check out the new TV show - you can book audience tickets for FREE if you're over 16.

Check out details on our TV Events page under our 'TV page'

2021 ... basically Covid!

2020

Covid-19 came to town!

CoronaVirus came to town!
Classes ceased in March due to shut down.

We did manage to have outdoor class on June 8th in runners instead of dance shoes on an astro pitch in place of our lovely studio setting. ​Certainly an experience and worth a shot but unfortunately Ireland just doesn't have the reliable weather of Spain or Florida, so not going to be a feature. #staysafestayhome #staysafeandsane

Grade Exams - Jan & Sept

Date: 26th of January 2020.
Examiner: Seamus Ó Sé ADCRG.
Venue:Our studio in Blarney


Brilliant results as always - well done :) Hannah, Gina, Clare, Kelly, Niamh, Lucia, Karen, Aisling, Taisce, Isibéal, Steph, Ana, Heather, Rebecca, Emma, Molly, Jack & Danjoe.



Date: September 27thExaminer: Francis Curley ADCRG
Venue: Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare.

Gina is climbing the ladder taking having completed grade 11 of 12 grades.

Mags and Lucia are following closely by.





2019

Antwerp Feis

Antwerp Feis we went to with great enthusiasm. However, found it was the worst run feis we have ever experienced where dancers were treated more like cattle than humans! We won't be back in a hurry, that's for sure. 

Paddy's in The Hague

​We performed in The Hague for St. Patrick's Celebrations - pix in gallery and videos on our You Tube channel. 

Well done all, so proud of you Gina, Clare, Gobnait, Daria, Taisce, Steph, Emma & of course our dabbing expert Cathal :)

Grade Exams - March & June 

Date: March 2nd 2019 Venue: Ennis

Three of our seniors made the trip to Ennis to continue with further gradings ​- well done Ladies, passed with flying colours as always - Hannah, Gina & Niamh.

Date:16th of June 2019.
Examiner: Elaine O'Herlihy ADCRG.
Venue: Our studio in Blarney

Brilliant results as always - well done :) Hannah, Gina, Clare, Gobnait, Niamh, Rachel & Patricia.


Also in 2019 ...

NEW STUDIO -   YAY
Our very own studio space in the heart of Blarney village overlooking the green. 
 Mirrored wall for dedicated practice and Riverdance style Harlequin dance floor.
How spoiled are we - Like the add says 'we're worth it' :)



​Antwerp Feis - January 2019
A year of travel - yay - first up the Antwerp Feis in Belgium.
Taisce did us proud in a feis which was run very differently from home!  
The chocolate factory was definitely the highlight of the tour.
Also highly recommend 'The Irish Times' Irish bar in Grott Markt.
​Truly Irish with Barry's tea, Tayto, Bacon Fries, Irish stout and whiskeys.....!




2018

New Dancer Resources

Online video resource for dancers launched

Our site is now updated
with pages which are accessed by invitation only to current BDA dancers.

Lots of videos of steps/dances already up and running to assist with home practice
and more on the way.

​Exciting times :)​

Grade Exams

​Date: April 22nd 2018Examiner: Michael Meehan ADCRG 

Superb results as always with honours all around! Well done dancers.

Many thanks to our judge Miah Walsh ADCRG
who was very positive and friendly
​putting all dancers at ease.  


Class Feis

​Venue: Tower Hall, Blarney   Date: Sunday March 24th     Judge: Clare O'Connor

A fabulous turnout from our child dancers and a superb day as always. All dancers did themselves proud
winning many medals and trophies. A new 'Advanced'  Championship was added this year. See gallery page pix.
Well done all keep up the practice :)

Also in 2018 ... ​
Teacher training TMRF prep classes - Workshops February-April


Dance fun evening at 'Cork on Ice' - December 2018
​Great fun was had by all who took the plunge ice-skating for our fun day 
- thankfully fun keyring keepsakes and no injuries :)

Munsters in Killarney - November 2018
​Well done ladies. 
 Unfortunately an injury cut short our High Cauled Cap, but what was danced was fab. 
 See the video clips in our gallery page and our YouTube channel 
for the craic of the charity parent event - what an atmosphere!

UCC Summer workshop/display - July 2018
​Thanks to our seniors Clare, Ruth & Daria and 
to our teens Taisce & Steph for a great night in UCC.  

2017

Grade Exams

Date: October 2017Examiner:  Máire Mhic Aogáin ADCRG
Venue: Blarney, Cork.   

Superb results as always - well done all.

Sinéad has now completed all 12 of the grade exams!
A long journey but well worth it.

Many thanks to our judge
Máire Mhic Aogáin ADCRG
who was very thorough,
respectful and fair to all dancers.

Summer Outing 

Reliving the simple pleasures of our Rome accommodation - when we had a soccer/fun blitz on the Astro pitches in Inniscarra!  
​Far from Rome but still a bit of craic!

Mayor Reception

County Mayor Reception 
Date: April 2017
Venue: County Hall, Cork

We received a very warm welcome from our then County Mayor Seamus McGrath. A special thanks for giving us such a special evening.
Our dancers got to sit in the seats where all the action happens (Councillors meeting room) and experience the views from a high!

A special thank you to Edel Bodie for all your co-ordination and hard work,
​we really appreciated it.  


Rome 

Date: March 2019

We performed for 3 functions.
The Celtic Ball (Black Tie) in Hotel Quirinale & 2 at the Irish College in Rome Italy for St. Patrick's Week Celebrations.

In attendance were 
Minister Charlie Flanagan,
Vatican Ambassador Emma Madigan,
Italian Ambassador Bobby McDonagh,
Clergy from numerous orders, Irish and Italian guests, ...


We also experienced the 'greening' of the Colosseum and were lucky enough to experience many of the delights Rome has to offer including the Papal Audience.

 Rome continued

Some even had the pleasure of meeting our former President Mary McAleese during their stay.

On a travel note - we would highly recommend basing your stay at Villa Irlanda in Rome.
It is great value, central (the Colosseum is your neighbour!)
and accessible (the San Giovanni Metro Stop is a short stroll). There are comfortable clean spacious rooms in the villa which have a fridge in the room (single/twin/double/triple/quad) and two seperate fully fitted cottages ('Joseph' 5 person & 'Catriona' 6 person).  
There is an outdoor pool (open May-Sept), astro pitch for tennis/soccer/football, a ball wall for camogie/hurling/ tennis/squash practice www.villairlandaroma.com

Class Feis

Venue: Tower Hall, Blarney  
Date: Sunday January 29th   
Judge: Denise Kelleher

A fabulous turnout from our child dancers and a superb day as always. All dancers did themselves proud
winning many medals and trophies. 
A new 'Trad' Championship Shield was added this year.
 
All winners can be seen in the pix on our gallery page.
​Well done all keep up the practice :)

2016

Paddy's Day 

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Blarney Village
More pix on our gallery page

Mini Munsters

Mini Munsters - our BDA dancers and Gaelschoil Pheig Sayers 
More pix on our gallery page

Class Feis

Class Feis in Ballyanly
More pix on our gallery page
Also in 2016 ... 

Furthering your potential 
Danced as a kid? Miss the craic?
Want to try Irish dancing for fitness and fun or to a new career?

We are currently offering teacher training in Irish Step & Figure Dancing.
Students can learn from the basic beginner, 
progress through the grades towards
the final exams for TMRF (Céilí teacher) and/or TCRG (Step & figure dancing teacher)
with the largest international and oldest Irish Dance Teachers Organisation
- the CLRG (An Coimisiún). Contact us for details.

Raffle winners

Many thanks to our sponsors - please remember them when you are shopping!
Winners of our annual Travelfund raffle - names removed due to GDPR
1st - 4 ball golf, Blarney Golf Resort
2nd - Lord of the Dance @ Marquee & Lunch for 2 in Kudos, Travelfund & Clarion sponsors
3rd - Prodijig @ Opera House for a family of 4, Michele Ryan sponsor
4th - €40 Meal voucher, Manalay Restaurant Tower
5th - Shellac voucher, Beauty by Ciara
6th - €30 Gift voucher, Tower Barbers
7th - Cinema for 2, Mahon Point Omniplex
8th - Cosmetic gift set, Pharmacy First Plus
9th - Cosmetic gift set, Cloghroe Pharmacy
10th - Box of chocolates, Centra Tower
Dancers prize - Heather. Congrats all and thank you for supporting
our annual Travelfund raffle. 

Grade Exams

Venue: Menlo Park Hotel, Galway.
Date: January 10th.
Examiner: Miah Walsh ADCRG

Just one dedicated dancer travelled all the way to Galway for the grade exam and well worth the trip it was ​- super result Sinead, your hard work and dedication has certainly paid dividends.

2015

An Jig Gig 

Our talented Kelly made the finals of An Jig Gig this year.
It televised in November 2015. What a dancer :)

Check out TG4 - An Jig Gig.  

Class Feis

Venue: Ballyanly,Inniscarra Date: Sunday January 25th  

A fabulous turnout from our child dancers and a superb day. All dancers did themselves proud winning
many medals and trophies.

Championship perpetual winners of were: Nell, Niamh, Caoimhe, Steph, Dayna, Taisce, Ana, Charlie & Cathal. ​Well done all :)

Sinéad got Wed

Our talented dancer of course was the most beautiful bride.

Congrats to Sinéad and Jolyon on your special day.

​Wishing you many years of happy healthy times ahead.

Rose of Tralee

Cork Rose Selection
Our fabulous Hannah represented BDA in the Cork Rose selection in June 2015. Well done Hannah you did us proud :)

Hannah works as a music teacher at Midleton College. She also teaches SPHE and acts as YSI Guide for TYs. Education takes up a lot of this 27-year old’s time. She acts as co-ordinator for all school musical activities
while also taking responsibility for student golf. In addition, she travelled to Kolkata in February as part of a Hope Foundation immersion project. The Ballyclough native is also about to enter her final year of an Education Masters in UCC. Her other interests include Irish dancing and sport. She is a keen supporter of Cork hurlers and footballers! 
#corkrose
. See the Cork Rose Facebook page for more pix on the Cork Rose Selection.

Paris

CCI performance with Dusty Feet Céilí band -a sell out!

Based in Disneyland Paris from March 13th to 18th 2015 we brought a little Paddy's Day spirit to Paris for the week.

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Rue des Irlandais, Paris
We performed at the Centre Culturel Irlandais with the Dusty Feet Céilí Band to a sell out crowd.

Basilica de Sacré-Coeur, Paris 'greening'. 
We supported the Irish Embassy, Tourism Ireland and Minister Richard Bruton TD as he turned the lights on the Basilica de Sacré-Coeur green for St. Patrick's celebrations. Performance including the Walls of Limerick with the Minister - fair play to him.

Disney experiences:
A private workshop with Disney Choreographer Kylie and a Celebration meal with the Disney Characters in Café Mickey, Downtown Disney Village, Disneyland Paris topped off the events as well as many more fun times and experiences.

Grade Exams x 2

May 2015
Venue: Blarney Resort
Date: May 24th, 2015    
Examiner: Anthony Costello SDCRG

18 dancers took 22 grades between them and all honours including A plus!
Absolutely fabulous results.

​Well done Sinéad, Christina, Hannah, Denise, Emma, Kelly, Shannon, Ana, Heather, Taisce, Isibéal, Eimear, Steph, Aoife, Leah, Adele, Dayna & Abbie.Jan 2015
Venue: South Court Hotel, Limerick        

           
Date: January 11th, 2015     Examiner: Miriam McCarthy ADCRG
Three dancers took four grades between them and all honours - great results.
​Well done Sinéad, Emma & Deirdre.  

Bowling Fun 

Christmas fun evening and fund raiser
More pix on the gallery page

Bounce Zone 

Summer fun day out 
More pix on the gallery page

2014

Lord Mayor Reception

Venue: Lord Mayor Chambers, City Hall, Cork
Date: March 20th, 2014

Many thanks to the Lord Mayor of Cork Catherine Clancy and her staff who gave our dancers a wonderful evening which will be lasting memories for many years to come including receiving their certificates ​from their dance grade exams.

More pix on our gallery page

Chocolate Factory Day Out

Every child and chocolate lovers dream! 

A day in Eve's Chocolate Factory where we learned all about chocolate - the history, how it is made ... and got to make and EAT some

Paddy's Day in Blarney 

More St. Patrick's Day fun at the Blarney Parade this year. 

More pix on our gallery page.

Class Feis

More pix on our gallery page

Cork Teachers Feis

More pix on our gallery page

Sheila Hayes Memorial Feis

More pix on our gallery page

Also in 2014 ... 



Raffle winners (winner names removed due to GDPR)
1st - 4 ball golf Blarney Golf Resort 
2nd - Candle trio gift set from Blarney Woollen Mills
3rd - Meal voucher for Mandalay
4th -  Meal voucher for Aunties
5th - Chuckies & treats for 3 from Travel fund
6th Yankee Candle set, Hallmark Winthrop St
7th Lunch for 2 in Tung Sing
8th Aveena Gift Set, Pharmacy First Plus
9th Brooke & Shoals Candle Blarney Woollen Mills
10th - Bayliss & Harding gift set from Cloghroe Pharmacy
11th - Bottle of wine, F Café Wilton
12th - Gift set from O'Connell O'Keeffes
Dancers prize - Dayna. Congrats all and thank you for supporting our annual Travelfund raffle.

Off to college - good luck Ladies.
Good luck to Kelly & Elena.  
Kelly is studying the BA in Irish Traditional Music & Dance in UL &
Elena is studying a BA Culinary Arts in Tralee IT.
​Well done ladies. Delighted for you both.

2013

New Class Costume

New Class Costume (Uniform)

As worn by Síofra in the Munster Championships in Killarney.

Raffle winners (winner names removed due to GDPR)
1st - 4 ball golf Blarney Golf Resort 
2nd - Meal for two including entry to Cork Greyhound Track
3rd - Hamper of Goodies (from the dancers)
4th - 4 crystal white wine glasses (Blarney Woollen Mills)
5th - Lunch for two @ Tung Sing Blarney
6th - Box of Chocolates
7th - Box of Chocolates
8th - Box of Chocolates
9th - Box of Chocolates
10th - Box of Chocolates
Congrats all and thank you for supporting our raffle.

Síofra the rising star

During the one weekend in November, Síofra not only took part in her first Munster Championships for Irish dancing in Killarney (CLRG) but also in the National Karate Championships in Dublin.

Well done Síofra - she is now the reigning Black Belt Girls 13-14 yrs Kata National Champion.  
A title to add to her 
other achievements of 
5th seed in the Europe [European Karate Championships in Sheffield in October 2013 (came 4th after a joint 3rd) and] 
8th seed in the World [WUKF World Karate  Championships]. 


She also finds time to play piano and hockey as well as school of course - she's a first year student in Mount Mercy College, Cork.

Footstorm by Prodijig

Venue: Olympia Theatre, Dublin

We had a fab night in the Olympia for the New show by Prodijig - Winners of the TV Show 'Got to Dance'.

Lead dancer/Choreographer - Alan Kennefick from Cork.

Paddys' Day in Blarney 

More pix in the gallery

Halloween fun in Ashdale Studio

More pix in the gallery from:
Ashdale Studio,
Ballyanly Class 
& Vincents Class

Feis fun

More pix in the gallery:
Cork Teachers Feis
Mini Munsters
Munsters

2012

Our first Munster Champion gets Wed:)

Ken was our first dancer to win the Munsters held in Neptune Stadium in Cork, 1998.
He also went on to defend his title, winning again in Waterford in 1999.

A fabulous day in Adare where he topped all other events in his life up to then by marrying the stunning Siobhan.  

​Wishing you many years of health and happiness together and thank you so much for including us on sharing your wonderful day :)

Halloween Fun in Sunberry Studio & Grade Exams March 24th (more pix in our gallery)