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25th Anniversary Open Feis – Thank yous!

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We had a fabulous and emotional weekend running our 25th Anniversary Open Feis in March! So much hard work and effort went into the feis this year and it was so worth it.

This post is a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone involved in our 25th Anniversary Open Feis this year. We are so lucky and grateful to have such a fabulous team of people that made the event such a huge success!

T H A N K    Y O U . . .

💛 To our fabulous judges and musicians, some of whom stepped in at literally the last moment to jump on a flight after COVID struck us again… Virginia Travis,
David Smith, Mairéad Ní Bhriain, Brian Corrigan, Darina Corrigan-White, Michelle Greene, Annie Kidd, Isabella Fogarty, Lauren Stapleton, Andrea Field, Aidan O’Neill, Majella Collins Brooks, Dean Crouch.

🖤 To our sponsors that allowed us to give out some beautiful awards to all the competitors:

CDL Building Contracts – SBS LTD – Trainor Stone- O’Neil Joinery – The Jones family – Hutchinson Telecom – Newmay electrical services – Clonmel – Seetec – Ardentide CIS contracting- Essex farms – Cobra Lifting Services Ltd – The feis Shop – Carberry contract services – The Reid Rooms – The Allen family – NP Crystals – Michaels fabrics – The McGahan Family – Dartford Irish Club Function Hall – The Majilton family.

💛 To our vendors Melaine Murphy and The Feis Shop.

🖤 Feis Mark for all our tabulation.

💛 To our colleagues Aaron Crosbie Kevin and Helena at McCarron Dance for helping us to run stages.

🖤 Stage Time production for sound system/back drops.

💛 Alistage Ltd for staging.

🖤 IDesign by Etain for our gorgeous mugs/water bottles.

💛 Doherty trophies by Marie Connell.

🖤 Printwear for our printed chair covers.

💛 Safety Signs for the back drops/podium fronts.

🖤 Bryson for their donation of canteen/welfare supplies.

💛 D Advanced for cleaners and car park attendants.

🖤 Chelmer Valley High School especially Cliff and Dave.

💛 Evoq Design for our beautiful artwork.

🖤 Fiona Morley for our sashes and Crystal Champion of Champion awards.

💛 Parents/dancers/family members new and old, we appreciate you more than you know. The hours of prep and organisation does not go unnoticed.



Our 25th Anniversary Feis Sponsors

Our esteemed adjudication panel and musicians

25th Anniversary Open Feis Update

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Following the recent publication of the syllabus for our 25th Anniversary Open Feis we are now delighted to provide you with a feis update and detailed timetable for the event.

The timetable includes for the Open and Preliminary Championships to alternate in the same hall, the 9 adjudicators rotating between halls, a 100% recall, and awards being provided within a timely fashion in a separate dedicated awards area.

Sunday is “Grades Sunday” and we’ve loads planned to make this a special day for the stars of the future. Not only will ALL grade dancers get to perform on the championship stages; they’ll ALL receive one of our newly designed 25th Anniversary “Olympic sized” medal, and ALL dancers will get their own adjudicators’ comment cards.

We are also delighted to announce that Lauren Stapleton, ADCRG, will be joining our esteemed panel of adjudicators.

Finally, many of our overseas entrants have requested our International banking details which are as follows:

Account Number 61557912
Sort Code 40-18-04
IBAN Number GB52HBUK40180461557912
Branch Identifier HBUKGB4103U

Please email us if you have any other issues with payment and we will be happy to assist!

All this information is available, including a guide how to enter online, on our dedicated website page.

As you can tell we are so excited about this year’s event and we are pulling out all the stops to make it a special weekend for all involved.

“Grades Sunday” – a day dedicated to our stars of the future!

Detailed Provisional Timetable



Road Trips Galore!

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We love our road trips! We might only be 6 weeks into the new year but the McGL have been making up for lost time attending 7 Feiseanna in London, the Midlands, the North East and Scotland. All the events were superbly run and it was great to be reunited with so many of our feis friends from other dance schools.

Many of our open dancers contended with switching their dances due to the sad cancellation of the All Irelands; however, at least they can now look forward to their first Worlds since 2019!

It was also amazing to see out graded dancers enjoying for many their first road trip experiences.

A sincere thanks to the following Feis organisers, and we can’t wait to return in 2023!

*City of Birmingham*
*North East of England*
*Nadine Martin, Doncaster*
*Phoenix, Glasgow*
*Trainor, London*
*McCarron, Coventry*
*Kelly Hendry, Newcastle*

Interested in our next road trips? Keep an eye on our Feiseanna page for details of upcoming events!

25th Anniversary Feis 2021

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We are pleased to announce our 25th Anniversary Feis, which will take place on 19th and 20th March 2022, at Chelmer Valley High School.

With our venue located just 25 minutes from London Stansted Airport, we look forward to welcoming dancers from all over the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA, Australia and worldwide in the build up to the next Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne (World Championships), which celebrates its 50th anniversary in April!

More information will appear on our dedicated Open Feis page as we approach the event. 




Roadtrip sashes galore!

Roadtrips to Nottingham and Newcastle!

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Amazing roadtrips to Nottingham and Newcastle this weekend for our dancers. Fabulous dancing in preparation for the All Scotlands with some really great results – 7 champions and a further 10 podium places!
Feis Glendarragh – Nottingham
🏆 u13 Champion – Ciarra McCarthy
🏆 u15 Champion -Ellie-Kate McCarthy
U5 superstar- Niamh Brennan
U9 – Aoife 13th
U10 Prelim – Matilda 3rd (top girl)
U10 Prelim – Darcie 10th
U11 – Ella Rose 4th
U12 Prelim – Chloe 2nd
U13 – Violet 4th
U14 – Olivia 2nd
U14 – Jayda 7th
U16 – Freya 4th
🏆 u5 Champion – Niamh Brennan
🏆 u10 Champion – Ellen Leavens
🏆 u12 Champion – Ava Folan
🏆 u13 Champion – Ciarra McCarthy
🏆 u15 Champion – Ellie-Kate McCarthy
U11- Eilis Gaughan 4th
U14 – Olivia Delaney 2nd
U14 – Jayda Nsajja 4th
U17 – Mary 2nd
Keep up the good work everyone!
Music: Dear Autumn
Musician: @iksonmusic

Interested in competing in the next feis? Check out our Feis Information page and speak to your teacher.

Roadtrips to Coventry and Manchester!

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We love our road trips, and last weekend it was Coventry and Manchester. This was a busy weekend for parents, dancers, and teachers alike, with some traveling to both locations! As always, we supported each other and showed incredible commitment. Dancers, you gave your very best and made your teachers very proud! Well done to each one of our dancers who graced the stage. Keep working hard as we look forward to heading to the Kelley O’Boyle Feis next weekend, and prepare for upcoming major events such as the All Scotland and Great Britain championships in October.

Interested in competing in the next feis? Check out our Feis Information page and speak to your teacher.

Success in Coventry and Manchester!

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We on are a high after a fantastic weekend at both the Coventry Celtic Championships and the Manchester Feis coming home with 1 prelim championship and 8 Championship wins! Thank you to both feis organisers for hosting brilliant events.

U10 Coventry Champion – Ellen Leavens
U10 Coventry Prelim Champion – Matilda Majilton
U11 Coventry Champion – Eilis Gaughan
U12 Coventry Champion – Ava Folan
U13 Manchester Champion – Ciarra McCarthy
U14 Manchester Champion – Olivia Delaney
U15 Manchester Champion – Ellie-Kate McCarthy
U16 Manchester Champion – Lizzie Anderson
U17 Coventry Championship – Mary Conway

Well done to our additional six top 5 podium placers and all our other dancers who attended these events over the weekend. We are very proud! 💛🖤

Interested in competing in the next feis? Check out our Feis Information page and speak to your teacher.

Seamus and Marie Moore Memorial Feis

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A huge well done goes to all of our dancers who competed this weekend at the Seamus and Marie Moore Memorial Feis in King’s Langley, North London. We’d also like to say a big thank you to the Brooks Academy for running such a successful event!

Well done to our top 5 podium placers and a special mention to our top 3 podium placers who went on to represent MCGL in the John Brooks Memorial Cup in a world class line up. We were very proud to watch such a beautiful display of dancing!

U7 – Paddy
U9- Seamus
U10 – Ellen
U11 – Eilis, Ella Rose
U12 – Ava
U12 Prelim – Chloe
U13 boys – Callum & Nathan
U13 – Isobel
U14 – Olivia, Jayda
U16 – Freya
U17 – Mary
O17 – Robert
SNR – Ellie

Irish dance champion

Congratulations to our U11 Girls champion, Eilis!

Back to class tonight and the countdown to The Belfast Championships and The Three Nations is officially on!

Interested in competing in the next feis? Check out our Feis Information page

Solent Feis champions

42nd Solent Feis: Fun in the Sun!

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We are home from another fantastic weekend feising at the 42nd Solent Feis. Thank you to Alice, Ailis and all of the team at Boyle O’Dowda for running another Covid secure event and allowing our dancers to do what they love most!

Huge well done to all of our dancers who competed over the weekend, our numerous podium placers and our 4 champions:

U11 Prelim – Leila Dowley🏆
U13 – Ciarra McCarthy 🏆
U14 – Olivia Delaney🏆
U15 – Ellie Kate McCarthy 🏆

Interested in competing in the next feis? Check out our Feis Information page

The Hertfordshire Championships

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Hertfordshire ChampionsWe had a fantastic weekend at the Hertfordshire Championships hosted by the Celtic Hearts School. As for our own John Flanagan Memorial Feis, COVID restrictions were still in place but our prelim and championships dancers were able to get up on stage and do what they love! Thank you to the organisers for making this possible.


Congratulations to our 6 champions (pictured above)

*Seamus U9 Boys* – *Niamh U11 Prelim* – *Ciarra U13 Girls* – *Olivia U14 Girls* – *Ellie-Kate U15 Girls* – *Mary U17 Girls*

also to our other dancers in the top 5

*U6 Niamh (1st U5)* – *U10 Ellen 3rd* – *U10 Prelim Matilda 4th* – *U11 Eilis 2nd * Ella-Rose 5th* – *U12 Ava 2nd* – *U12 Prelim Poppy 3rd* – *U13 Violet 5th* – *U13 Boys Nathan 2nd (1st U12) * Ryan 3rd* – *U14 Jayda 4th* – *U16 Freya 5th* – *O16 Prelim Nicola 3rd* – *U18 Amaia 5th*

and to everyone else who took part!