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March 2018

Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne

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Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne – the World Irish Dancing Championships – is taking place next week in Glasgow!

We’d like to wish the organisers, teachers and competitors the very best of luck.

Go n-éirí go geal libh – may you succeed wonderfully!

We’d also like to congratulate new teachers and adjudicators graduating at this year’s ORnC, especially members of our extended McGL family!

**Cecily Charlton ADCRG**

**Ashleigh John TCRG**

**Katie Smith TCRG**

**Brittany Silla TCRG**

**Elena Barrett-Hough TCRG**

**Heather Adlam TCRG**

**Kathy Skrien TCRG**

St. Patrick's Day - Performing at Trafalgar Square

St. Patrick’s Day

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We had an absolute blast last weekend, with our display teams out performing at a total of 37 venues across Essex, Kent, London and Oxfordshire. We battled through the snow, but it was worth it! Here’s our weekend in pictures. If you’re interested in booking a display, please see our displays page and/or contact us.

Team photos!

A highlight of our weekend was performing at the London St. Patrick’s Day parade on the main stage at Trafalgar Square!

We also performed and gave taster sessions at the Festival Leisure Park in Basildon

Of course, St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without performing at many pubs, bars & social clubs!

McGahan Lees Open Feis 2018

McGahan Lees Open Feis 2018

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We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and supported our feis this year. We tried out a number of new things this year, which we think were successful overall. There’s always things to work on for next year too – so we will keep striving to improve the “feis experience”! Here’s a round-up of our weekend supported by the wonderful photography of Peter Langman, who worked tirelessly for a week after the feis to collate all the photos. They are all FREE for you to download on his website (password: MCGLsat or MCGLsun depending on the day).

Congratulations to all our amazing competitors. The standard of competition was unreal this year, with dancers having traveled from all over the world! Not everyone can win, and not everyone will have walked away entirely happy with their results. However, it was wonderful to see all dancers behaving with respect for their competitors. Because of this we enjoyed a fabulous atmosphere all weekend. It was lovely to see great friendships showing through in the photos. 

Of course, we are extra proud of our seven McGL champions!

We’d like also to thank our wonderful panel of adjudicators. They were constantly on the move around the halls this year, since each championship round saw a new panel of three. All championship and prelim marks packs can be downloaded from our Open Feis page. The adjudicators also worked hard in the grades hall, writing comments for all our graded dancers to work on. We hope you found your comments useful!

One of the things we love about open feiseanna is the live music that is played so tirelessly throughout the weekend. Thank you to Dean, Majella and Aidan for providing ours.

Support from friends and family is an essential ingredient that goes into a dancer’s success. We’d like to thank all the supporters who gave up their weekends to make up our fabulous audience. Especially those mums who gave up their mothers day! Here’s some lovely moments that Pete captured.

It was also great to see teachers working hard to support their dancers, as always.

Last but not least, the event literally  could not run without the help of our amazing team of parents, friends, family, dancers, ex-dancers and other helpers, who did not stop from Friday to Sunday! Thank you, and please keep the date free for next year! ;-P