News and Events

A Fantastic Start to the New Dance Year

With 56 pupils competing at our Feile Rince Liatroma expectations to do well were high. The Mc Cartin SD pupils did not disappoint with a collection of 140 prizes including a sizeable proportion of first placings. A huge congratulations to everyone in particular our new competitors who competed at their first Feis! Thanks also to the parents and senior pupils who helped with the smooth running of the event . image image image image image image image

Leitrim Feis Feile Rince Liatroma 2015

Feile Rince Liatroma, hosted by the Mc Cartin SD will once again be held in the Lough Allen Hotel and Spa Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim on Sunday 4th October. We are delighted to welcome our Adjudicators Ms. Tina Rothwell ADCRN and  Ms. Kim Woods ADCRN, with the fantastic Mr. Declan Wilson providing the music. Check out our syllabus below, for further details see the class notice board or contact Karl on 0879751872 or

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to Lovely Leitrim😀

World Title for Mc Cartin SD

No better feeling than when you are on top of the World and that is exactly what the Mc Cartin SD experienced at the CRN World Championships when we were deemed World Champions in the under 13 Ceili Competition. Impressing the panel of five Adjudicators and beating teams from all across Ireland and abroad was no mean feat but one achieved by eight wonderful pupils namely Cillian Cullen, Shane Mc Gourty, Darragh Gunn, Conor Edwards, Kate Gilheany, Alannah Gunn, Eabha Gill and Rachel Mc Intyre. The first World title for the Mc Cartin SD, lets hope the trend continues!

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World Championships Success

The final event on the Irish Dancing Calendar for 2014/15 was the CRN World Championship. The three day event caters for dancers at the top level of competition. This years event was held in Breaffy House, Mayo. Representing the school at this years Worlds we had five solo competitors and four teams including three Ceili teams and our Dance Drama “Annie”. In total 30 pupils from the Mc Cartin SD traavelled to Mayo and in what was indeed a fantastic achievement all 30 pupils brought World medals back to Leitrim and Cavan!

Congratulations to:

Shane Mc Gourty 12th u14


Luke Murphy 6th u15


Rebecca Marsden 14th u16


Barry Taylor 10th u20


Paula Mc Partland 7th u23


In the Ceili and Team Championship

Our u10 Ceili Team 5th


u16 Ceili Team 3rd


Dance Drama 3rd


Mc Cartin SD First ever Dance Drama

This year the school took the creative decision to put together and compete in the Dance Dram competition. After the brainstorming the musical “Annie” was selected as a theme. A cast of 20 dancers were put together and weekly rehearsals got underway. It was such an enjoyable experience and the cast enjoyed the involvement so much, two of our senior pupils Paula Mc Partland and Barry Taylor along with Caitrionia Mc Partland were fundamental in the staging of the piece. Taking bronze at the All Ireland and again at the Worlds was such an achievement for the class in this our very first time to produce and perform in the Drama competition. Here’s to many more creative ventures in the future!


All Ireland Championships

After six days of fantastic dancing the Mc Cartin SD once again recorded massive success at the CRN All Ireland Dancing Championships in Citywest Hotel Dublin.All the hard work in both solo and ceili classes were rewarded with an array of prizes for 40 our our talented pupils.

the follows pupils collected Solo Championship places:

Under 6 

Caoimhe Casey 5th

Niamh Dimmock 10th

Under 8

Sarah Greene 3rd

James Stringer 7th

Under 9

James Gilheany 12th

Under 11

Darragh Gunn 8th

Eadaoin Casey 10th

Under 12 

Conor Edwards 3rd

Gemma Mc Namara 5th

Shauna Murray 8th

Rachel Mc Intyre 10th

Under 14

Orla Kiernan 4th

Shane Mc Gourty 11th

Rose Mc Loughlin 12th

Under 15

Niamh Donegan 4th

Caoimhe Gaffney 12th

Under 16

Rebecca Marsden 3rd

Helen O Rourke 8th

Under 18

Aleine Mc Partland 2nd

Under 19

Aoibheann Flynn 4th

Over 21

Paula Mc Partland 2nd

Class Championships 2015

Our annual Class Championships were held over the Easter Holidays in Drumreilly Community Centre. This years Championships were ran in aid of Day Oncology Sligo General Hospital. Many thanks to all who attended and support the event.

Full Results of the Championships are published on our Feis Result Page.

Here are some photographs from our Class Championships.

Regional Championship Update

The Radisson Athlone was the venue for this years CRN Shannon Western Regional Championships. After three fantastic days of dancing 48 pupils from the Mc Cartin SD have now qualified to represent our school at the CRN All Ireland Irish Open Championships which will be held in Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre in May. A special mention to our solo Championship winners:

Under 9 James Gilheany, Under 11 Darragh Gunn and Eadaoin Casey, Under 12 Shauna Murray, Under 13 Rachel Mc Intyre, Under 14 Rose Mc Loughlin, Under 17 Rebecca Marsden, Under 19 Aoibheann Flynn, Under 21 Barry Taylor and Over 21 Paula Mc Partland.

The Champs…….

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Fantastic Success!

The 2014/15 dance year has been a busy one so far, we kicked the year off with our own Feile Rince Liatroma which was again a great success, outings to Ballina, Co. Mayo , Edworthstown, Co. Longford, Our three day Regional Championship in Athlone, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Crossmolina, Co Mayo, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford, Kilbride, Co. Roscommon  and Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, were just some of the many road trips the Mc Cartin team embarked upon on the competitive circuit! Here are a few photographs from various events along the way.

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Trip to Riverdance

The annual summer outing for the Mc Cartin SD involved a trip to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre where Riverdance were performing their 29th Anniversary Show. After a stop off in Mc Donald’s for the pre-show beverages the class  took their seats and enjoyed the fantastic show that is Riverdance. Afterwards a surprise meet and greet with the two lead dancers Stephen and Emma organised by teacher Karl, the Mc Cartin crew got to ask questions, pose for photographs and get autographs which brought the night to a fantastic conclusion.

All Ireland and World Celebration Party.

Mc Cartin HQ, Drumreilly Community Centre was the venue for the Mc Cartin end of year celebrations where the classes success at the All Ireland and World Championships was recorded. A great night of dancing and partying took place, thanks to the parents from the class who looked after the catering. For more photographs from the night see the photo gallery page.

Mc Cartin SD rock the CRN Worlds!

Castlebar’s TF Royal Theatre was the venue for the CRN World Open Championships 2014. The Mc Cartin SD were represented in the solo championships by Shane Mc Gourty under 13, Luke Murphy under 14, Barry Taylor under 19, Paula Mc Partland under 21 and Sinead Mc Govern under 23.  In the team competitions the Mc Cartin SD had four teams compete. Success was on the cards for Paula Mc Partland echo placed 7th in under 21 Championship, our under 10 Ceili team collected 4th place, while our under 13 A team took 7th. Congrats to all concerned on the excellent performances and results.

Check out the interview from the Worlds with Mc Cartin SD teacher Karl on Irish TV at the below link (feature stars approx 13mins in)

All Ireland Championship Wrap-up!

After six days of competition at the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre, 46 pupils from the Mc Cartin SD collected an array of prizes at the CRN All Ireland Championships. Check out the result page and photo gallery page for a full list of results and photographs from the event.

All Ireland Champion

The Mc Cartin SD had reason to celebrate at the CRN All Ireland Championships when Darragh Gunn won the Under 10 Award beating stiff competition from National and International competitors. Well done on the fantastic achievement Darragh!

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Class Championships 2014

Great excitement was evident in Drumreilly Community Centre recently when the annual Mc Cartin SD Class Championships took place. It was a great day, with top quality dancing on display! Thanks to our wonderful Adjudicators Ms Marian Kiernan ADCRN and Ms Claire Mc Kenna ADCRN, all the senior pupils and parents who helped make the day go so smoothly. Congrats to our winners and especially our beginners who took to the stage for the first time. The following were the winners of the various Championships.

Beginners Champion Under 5

Miss Nicole Hardigan (Ballinamore Class)


Beginners Champion Under 6

Miss Aoife Confrey (Ballinamore Class)


Beginners Champion Under 8

Miss Tori Codwell (Ballinamore Class)


Beginners Champion Under 10

Miss Sienna Shortt (Balinamore Class)


Beginners Champion Over 8

Miss Milly Kearns (Cornageeha Class)


 Under 6 Champion

Miss Kayla Gill (Ballinamore Class)


Under 8 Champion

Miss Sarah Greene (Drumreilly Class)


Under 9 Champion

Miss Tara Galligan Maguire and Mr Cian Mc Govern (Drumreilly Class)


Under 10 Champion

Mr Darragh Gunn (Ballinamore Class)


Under 11 Champion

Miss Marese Masterson (Drumreilly Class) and Miss Ella Stringer (Ballinamore Class)


Under 12 Champion

Mss Eabha Gill (Drumreilly Class)


Under 12 Champion

Miss Gemma Mc Namara (Cornageeha Class)


Under 13 Champion

Miss Orla Kiernan (Drumreilly Class)


Under 13 Champion

Mr Shane Mc Gourty (Ballnamore Class)


Under 14 Champion

Miss Sinead Edwards (Drumreilly Class)


Under 15 Champion

Mr. Luke Murphy (Drumreilly Class)


Under 16 Champion

Miss Shannon Edwards (Drumreilly Class)


Under 17 Champion

Miss Aoife a Cafferty (Drumreilly Class)


Under 18 Champion

Miss Ciana Stringer (Drumreilly Class)


Under 19 Champion

Mr Barry Taylor (Ballinamore Class)


Over 19 Champion

Miss Paula Mc Partland (Drumreilly Class)


Luke is Crowned Champion!

Massive congratulations to Mc Cartin SD under 15 dancer Luke Murphy who became a Champion at Feis Rince  Sligeach recently. Luke performed a reel and set dance before the panel of three adjudicators to take the title.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade Success!

The 17th March was a busy day for the Mc Cartin SD when we took part in two local parades. Performances in Fenagh and Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, proved popular with the Parade Adjudicators when the Mc Cartin SD were awarded the best overall entry in both Parades. To top the day off the school featured on the RTE news for five seconds of fame!

Thanks to Eunan Sweeney for some fantastic photos.

Successful outings at Ashbourne, Roscommon and Sligo Feiseanna

The Mc Cartin SD recorded further success on the Feis circuit recently with successful outings at a number of CRN competitions. The pupils competed in Ashbourne, Roscommon, Santry and Sligo. Below some photos from the various events.

Shannon Western Regional Championship Success

Sligo was the place to be before Christmas when the Shannon Western Regional Chamionships took place in the Radisson Hotel. The Mc Cartin SD had a very successful weekend with over 50 dancers qualifying for the All Ireland Championships. Huge congratulations go to  Sarah Greene (Under 6 Winner), Ella Stringer (Under 11 Winner), Ella Galligan-Maguire (Under 11 Winner), Shane Mc Gourty (Under 13 Winner), Luke Murphy (Under 15 Winner) and Aoibheann Flynn (Under 19 Winner) on their solo wins, in addition to phenomenal solo success the Mc Cartin SD placed 10 teams in the Ceili Championships competitions, winning the Under 10 6 Hand, 8 Hand, Under 13 8 hand and Under 16 8 Hand.

For full listing of both solo and team results see the Results Page.

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Longford Feis Success

The CRN Longford Feis was held before the Christmas holidays in the Longford Arms hotel. The event was a popular choice with competitors travelling from across the west, midlands and Dublin to compete. The Mc Cartin SD figured strongly amongst the winners with the following collecting prizes:
Kayla Gill, Jemma Galligan-Maguire, Kaithlin Grey, Aoife Browne, Ornagh Cox, Laura Mc Intyre, Shauna Murray, Rose Mc Loughlin, Grace Masterson, Sarah Greene, Marese Masterson, Alannah Gunn, Darragh Gunn, Eadaoin Casey, Lisa Gill, Aliene Mc Partland, Helen O Rourke, Stephanie Daly, Dawn Hackett, Eabha Gill, Rachel Mc Intyre, Ella Galligan-Maguire, Louise Cafferty, Shane Mc Gourty, Orla Kiernan, Caoimhe Gaffney, Niamh Donegan, Caroline Sorohan, and Sinead Mc Govern.
Congratulations to the dancers on the excellent results.

Mc Cartin SD Dublin Trip

A trip to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre to see renowned dance show “The Heartbeat of Home” was a popular change from competitions and classes for the Mc Cartin SD recently, the group enjoyed the performance and the after show refreshments!

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Mc Cartin SD Rock Wales!

October Mid-term break was a busy time for the Mc Cartin SD when a group of 62 people including 40 dancers made the trip to compete at the CRN Welsh Championships, which were held in Swansea, Wales. The weekend was action packed and fun filled with sightseeing, shopping, a trip to LC indoor water park and the competition to keep everyone busy. The coaches and ferry was laden down with prizes on the return trip with over 80 prizes collected by the Mc Cartin SD! We are already looking forward to our next trip abroad in the ear future. Many thanks to all who supported us in anyway bycontributing to our various fundraising events in the run up to the trip. A special mention to Tesco Carrick-on-Shannon and Supervalu Ballinamore for their contribution!






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Wedding Bells!

On the 19th July the sun was definitely shining when the Mc Cartin SD descended upon St. Bridget’s Chruch Killygarry for the marriage of dance teacher Karl to Lisa Mc Cullough, The couple were warmly welcomed from the church to rapturous applause by the younger Mc Cartin SD pupils.  Later toes were well and truly tapping when the senior dancers put on a wonderful unique display at the reception joined by Karl for a step about. All at the mc Cartin SD wish Lisa and Karl many years of happiness together.


End of year Celebrations!

The Mc Cartin SD danced the night away at their end of end of year celebration in Drumreilly Community Centre following the success of the class at the All Ireland and World Championships. Guests of honour on the night were the Senior Ceili Champions who gave a performance of their winning dance. The parents were on hand in the Kitchen preparing all types of food, special thanks to Mary Currid for the fabulous cake! It was a perfect end to an amazing year at the Mc Cartin SD.

World Championship Success

The Mc Cartin SD continued on their winning ways when they competed at the 2013 CRN World Championships in the salubrious Wexford Opera House. The Mc Cartin SD competed in the Under 9 and Under 12 Ceili Competitions collecting 4th and 6th place in the respective competitions. Representing the school in solo competition Paula Mc Partland dancing in the under 20th ladies competition was placed 8th by the panel of adjudicators. A massive congrats to both teams and Paula on their success on the world stage!


All Ireland Championship Success

The Mc Cartin SD swept the boards recently at the CRN All Ireland Championships held in Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre. The six day Championships brought in excess of 4000 dancers to the Dublin venue all competing for the coveted titles. The Mc Cartin SD excelled in both solo and team competitions. The highlight of the Championships came when the Mc Cartin SD senior Ceili team won the All Ireland Senior Ceili Competition. A wonderful achievement for all concerned!

The following pupils collected solo medals:

Sarah Greene, Brian Murphy, James Gilheany, Tara Galligan Maguire, Clara O Kelly, Darragh Gunn, Allanah Gunn, Gemma Mc Namara, Conor Edwards, Rose Mc Loughlin, Grace Masterson, Cian Mc Govern, Eadaoin Casey, Eabha Gill, Ella Stringer, Marese Masterson, Onisia Mimna, Orla Kiernan, Michelle Mc Cabe, Tom Gilheany, Louise Cafferty, Sinead Edwards, Helen O Rourke, Stephanie Daly, Luke Murphy, Aliene Mc Partland, Dawn Hackett, Ella Galligan Maguire, Rachel Mc Intyre, Kate Gilheany, Deirbhile Currid, Shane Mc Gourty, Niamh Donegan, Caoimhe Gaffney, Clodagh Mitchell, Shannon Edwards, Emma Sorohan, Aoife Cafferty, Barry Taylor, Ciara Gaffney,  Tadhg Murray and Paula Mc Partland.


Championship Winners:

Paula Mc Partland 2nd

Orla Kiernan 2nd

Eabha Gill 2nd

Ciara Gaffney 3rd

Kate Gilheany 3rd

Shannon Edwards 5th

Barry Taylor 6th

Helen O Rourke 6th

Ella Galligan Maguire 7th

Rachel Mc Intyre 8th

Brian Murphy 8th

Tom Gilheany 8th

Tadhg Murray 8th

Aliene Mc Partland 8th

Eoghan Keegan 8th

Emma Sorohan 9th

Blaithin Donohoe 9th

Niamh Donegan 9th

Laura Keegan 11th

James Gilheany 11th

Sarah Greene 11th

Tara Galligan Maguire 13th

Aoife Sammon 13th

Stephanie Daly 13th


Ceili Championship Results

Senior Ceili 1st

Under 12 (6 Hand) 3rd

Under 12 (8 Hand) 3rd

Under 9 (8 Hand) 5th

Under 9 (6Hand) 6th


Fundraising Table Quiz

Prior’s Bar Ballinamore was the place to be on Friday May 24th when the Mc Cartin SD hosted a very successful fundraising table quiz. The proceeds from the quiz going towards the trip to Wales to the UK Championships in October. Many thanks to all those who supported the quiz, gave donations, sponsored prizes for the raffle and helped in the conducting of the quiz. Thanks also to the management and staff of Priors Ballinamore. Congratulations to the winning team of Barbara Gunn, Sean Mc Keon and Adrian Smith, runners up were Tracey Gill, Laura Gilheany, Susanne Healy and Enda Mc Loughlin.

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Class Championships- A great Success!

The Mc Cartin SD Class Championships were held recently in Drumreilly Comunity Centre. The annual event was a great success with all pupils from beginner to advanced taking to the stage. Adjudicators for the Championships were Ms Marian Kiernan ADCRN, Ms Laura Waldron ODCRN and Ms Michelle Waldron ODCRN. With over 8 hours of dancing the following were the winners of the Championship Competitions:

Beginners Champion:  James Stringer

Intermediate Champion Under 8: Aoife Browne

Intermediate Champion Under 10: Molly Prior

Under 8 Champion:  Cian Mc Govern

Under 9 Champion: Ella Galligan-Maguire

Under 10 Champion: Alannah Gunn

Under 11 Champion: Eabha Gill

Under 11 Champion: Kate Gilheany

Under 12 Champion: Sophie Mc Greal

Under 13 Champion: Luke Murphy

Under 13 Champion: Sinead Edwards

Under 15 Champion: Dawn Hackett

Under 15 Champion: Eoghan Keegan

Under 17 Champion: Laura Keegan.

Under 19 Champion: Barry Taylor

Senior Champion: Tadhg Murray

Many thanks to all the parents from the class who assisted with food preparation, entry tables, scrutineers etc. A special mention to the senior pupils for the huge help in setting up and conducting the competition.

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“Best on Foot” at Ballinamore St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

The Mc Cartin SD continued their winning ways, away from the Feis circuit when they took part in the Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, St. Patricks Day Parade. Entered in the “Best on Foot” category, 27 pupils from the school bared the inclement weather conditions and stepped it out performing a traditional mix in front of the viewing stand. The judges were impressed and the Mc Cartin SD were awarded the “Best on Foot” Award for our fancy footwork! Many thanks to those who represented the school on the day.

Thanks to Eunan Sweeney for the great photographs.

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Mc Cartin SD Class Championships 2013

The Mc Cartin SD Class Championship (Feis) will be held in Drumreilly Community Centre on Easter Saturday 30th March starting at 10am. Competitions for all grades. Full syllabus and details of trophies/cups for return can be found on the newsletter page on the site. Syllabus is also displayed in class. Best of luck to all taking part especially the dancer’s competiting for their first time!

Fundraising Cake Sale

The Mc Cartin SD will hold its first official fundraiser for our trip to Wales on Easter Saturday. Following mass on Easter Saturday night we will hold a cake sale in Drumreilly Community Centre. See Facebook for updates All donations of all things nice greatly accepted! Cakes etc can be dropped off during the class Feis on Easter Saturday. Ready steady cook/bake!!!

Mc Cartin SD Trip to CRN Welsh Championships 2013

Preparations are underway for a class trip to the CRN Welsh Championships 2013. Full info for those interested in travelling can be found in the class newsletter page. A number of small fundraising initiatives will be taking place over the coming months so the classes support and the wider community will be greatly appreciated.

Feis ‘in and other Outings!

Pupils from the Mc Cartin SD have had a busy start to 2013 travelling to Feiseanna in Dublin, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon and Meath. Along with other local groups we performed at the Aughavas Parish Concert. Currently we are preparing for St. Patrick’s Day where we will perform at the Ballinamore Parade!

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Mc Cartin SD Regional Championship 2012 Celebrations

In recognition of the fantastic success of the Mc Cartin SD at the Regional Championships in Carrick-on-Shannon in November, a celebration party was held in Drumreilly Community Centre. Food, speeches, a photo shoot, a parade of champions and a disco concluded a great night at Mc Cartin HQ! The Mc Cartin SD are now on Holidays for the Christmas season, but will resume classes in January. Nollaig Shona!

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Shannon Western Regional Championship 2012

The CRN Shannon Western Regional Championships will be held in the Grand Ballroom, Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November.

The Championship covering 5 grades of solo competitions, championships and ceili competitions is the highlight of the year in the Shannon Western Region of CRN. The competition acts as a qualification for the CRN All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships which will take place later this year.

For full timetable on the event click the below link:

Shannon Western Regional Championships Timetable 2012

Drumreilly Feis

The annual Drumreilly Feis, hosted by the Mc Cartin SD will take place in Drumreilly Community Centre on Sunday 7th October. Full syllabus available by clicking on the below link.

Drumreilly syllabus 2012

Closing Date for Regional Championships

The Shannon Western Regional Championships will be held in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2012. Closing date for entry is Friday 28th September. Once entry is finalised a full timetable will be available.  Full syllabus and hotel information sheet available in the Class Newsletter page.

Summer Outings!

With dancing lessons concluded for summer holidays, pupils from the Mc Cartin SD enjoyed two outings recently. The younger pupils experienced a fun filled day at Funtasia Water Park in Drogheda where swimming, bowling and an activity-centre entertained the dancers. The senior pupils had a unique intimate experience with a trip to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin to see the outstanding show Riverdance.  Like true VIP’s the pupils were brought back stage to meet the cast, pose for photographs and had a question and answer session with the cast members.  Here is what some of the pupils had to say about their experience of meeting their the stars of the show:

“The talent of those in Riverdance is indescribable…the synchronicity, the rhythm and the skill of all the dancers is just amazing, how they perform on stage, act, sing and dance is just incredible. The musicians and singers were also amazing; they completed the show, helping to soundtrack the story throughout the performance. It’s unbelievable how well the show is put together and how even after seeing the show a few times, it is still as mesmerizing as the very first time, the sheer brilliance of all the performers and the dedication of those involved, that is needed to pull off such a entertaining and challenging show is fantastic. Meeting the dancers….well I can safely say we were star struck! It was really an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to them for coming down to meet us. All in all an amazing night and one that will never be forgotten”. Barry Taylor

“There are no words that could describe how utterly breathtaking the entire production was. We witnessed Irish Dancing at its very best, better than ever imaginable. Seeing such perfection motivated me to strive to be even nearly as good as the cast of this fantastic show. Getting to speak to the cast was a once in a lifetime experience and listening to them describe the hard work and preparation that went into the show made it all the more breathtaking. Riverdance truly left me in awe”. Paula Mc Partland.

“An absolute brilliant experience, one in a lifetime!
To meet the cast was just amazing I think we were all speechless that these amazing role models were stood right in front of us allowing us to ask questions and get pictures with them. The show itself was just out of this world truly inspirational. I think it’s safe to say I’ve never seen such talent and such dedication and hard work, however seeing the results has given me the motivation to work harder at my own dancing”. Blaithin Donohoe

“The opportunity of going to see Riverdance was and a fantastic experience. Meeting the cast was something I will never forget the whole group was in complete awe; having the opportunity to meet these sensational dancers allowed us the opportunity to ask questions about what it’s like to be involved in such an amazing production?  The show was truly astonishing. The reaction that was given after the performance was well deserved! Seeing Riverdance has shown me what hard work and motivation can achieve and someday I might achieve what the dancers in this wonderful troupe have”. Sinead Mc Govern

Many thanks to the parents for assisting with the supervision on the trips!!

All Ireland Championships Celebrations!

Dancing of a different genre took place in Drumreilly Community Centre recently when the Mc Cartin SD came together to celebrate the success of the school at the recent All Ireland Championships. Everyone came together to party the night away in recognition of the hard work, dedication and success of the school. Following the speech by Karl, the parents from the school got to work providing the food and refreshments for all those present. The music and games followed with all joining in, to celebrate in true Mc Cartin SD style!!

Phenomenon Success at All Ireland Championships!

Having qualified through their Regional Championships 55 pupils from the Mc Cartin SD took to the floor at the 2012 CRN All Ireland Championships held over a six day period in the NBBA and Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Competiting across five grades and six Ceili competitions the Mc Cartin SD collected in excess of 100 medals, the schools best showing at a major championship. Full results available on the “results page”. Photographs from the Championships on the “photo gallery page” and full report on the event can be found on the “in the media page”.

Ceili Páiste 6 hand (5th) Tom, Shane, James, Naimh, Coaimhe, Stephanie.

Mc Cartin SD Class Championships

The Mc Cartin SD Class Championship Feis was held in Drumreilly Community Centre on Saturday 7th April. Adjudicators for the competition were Ms Marian Kiernan, Longford and Ms Jacinta Mc Kenna Clare. In true Mc Cartin SD style all senior dancers and parents assisted in the running of the competition and this help greatly facilitated the 8hours of dancing. A huge thanks to all who attended and helped out!

The Championship Results are as follows:

Under 6 Beginner: Sarah Greene

Under 8 Beginner: Clara O Kelly

Under 12 Beginner: Grainne Reynolds

Under 6 Bunghrád: Brian Murphy & James Gilheany

Under 8 Bunghrád: Ella Galligan Maguire

Under 10 Bunghrád: Alannah Gunn

Under 14 Bunghrád: Luke Murphy

Under 9 Ullmhuchan: Eabha Gill

Under 11 Ullmhuchan: Orla Kiernan & Shane Mc Gourty

Under/Over 13 Ullmhuchan: Niamh Donegan

Under 11 Meánghrád: Kate Gilheany

Under 13 Meánghrád: Megan Doonan

Under 15 Meánghrád: Laura Keegan

Under 17 Meánghrád: Aisling Maguire

Over 17 Meánghrád: Blaithin Donohoe

Under 15 Árdghrád: Sinead Maguire

Over 15 Árdghrád: Tadhg Murray

Championship: Ciara Gaffney

Sligo Feis Syllabus

The James Lenehan Memorial Feis will be held in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Sligo on Sunday 5th February. For full details click the following link:


Senior Pupils Night Out

The senior dancers had their Christmas Night out in early January, where they went to Chungs Chinese Restaurant, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Dates for your Diary

Mc Cartin SD Senior Pupils Christmas Night Out: Chungs Chinese Restaurant Carrick-on-Shannon 3rd January 2012

CRN Qualifying Round Closing Date 15th January

Classes recommence after Christmas Holidays 17th January

CRN Shannon Western Feile, Radisson Hotel, Sligo, 5th February

Mc Cartin SD Regional Celebration Party

On Thursday 15th December, Drumreilly Community Centre was the place to be when the Mc Cartin SD came together to celebrate the success of the Regional Championships 2011. Following a photo shoot for the Leitrim Observer the hall was decorated and the party got underway, the senior pupils organised music and games and all including parents took to the floor to display their dancing skills! Food and speeches concluded the night and the year 2011.

Classes recommence following the Christmas break on 17th January.

Shannon Western Regional Championships

The CRN Shannon Western Regional Championships will be held in Kilbride Community Centre, Four Mile House, Roscommon on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November. 67 pupils form the Mc Cartin SD will compete at the Championships, all of whom are working extremely hard for the competition. Best of luck to everyone!!

For a full timetable of the event click the below link:

Shannon Western Regional Championships Timetable 2011

Drumreilly Feis 2011

The Mc Cartin SD will host the CRN Shannon Western Region Drumreilly Feile on October 2nd in Drumreilly Community Centre. For full details on the event click the below link:

Drumreilly syllabus 2011 for web

Mc Cartin SD Summer Trip

On Tuesday 26th July, 54 pupils from the Mc Cartin SD departed Drumreilly Community Centre, making the bus trip to Funtasia, Drogheda, Co. Louth. The dancers engaged in an action packed day of fun commencing in the water park and play zone area. Following lunch, skating, crazy golf and bowling ensured the pupils were kept busy, a short pit-stop for ice cream on the return trip rounded off a very enjoyable and memorial day for the Mc Cartin SD dancers. Many thanks to the parents who assisted in the organisation of the trip and  the supervision on the day.

All Ireland Celebrations

The Mc Cartin SD hosted their post All-Ireland Celebrations during the summer period, with a class party and night out for the senior pupils. The party kicked off with a variety of Ceilí dances before pupils showed off some more contemporary dance styles! Following the food and treats, Karl is his address congratulated all the dancers on their hard work throughout the year, he complimented the dedication and team spirit evident in the class, he congratulated all the dancers on their marvellous achievements in both solo and team competitions at the All Ireland Championships and indeed all the CRN events throughout the year. The senior pupils had their annual meal and night out taking in a trip to cinema to conclude the night’s celebrations.


Results from Feis Rince Breffni

The end of season CRN Feis Rince Breffni was held recently in the Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan Town with competitors from across Connaught and Leinster taking part. The Mc Cartin SD were well represented on the competition floors and also as the results were announced.  The following figured amongst the winners:

Under 6

Cian Mc Govern, Brian Óg Murphy, Emily Mc Weeney, Tara Galligan-Maguire, and

Under 7

Lorna Mc Kiernan, Dillon Mc Weeney,  Laura Mc Intyre,  Edel Kiernan,  Ella Galligan-Maguire

Under 8

Rachel Mc Intyre

Under 9

Onisia Mimna, Alana Gunn,  Conor Edwards

Under 10

Shane Mc Gourty

Under 11

Helen O Rourke, Louise Cafferty,  Maria Lynch,  Luke Murphy,  Orla Kiernan,  Caoimhe Gaffney,  Stephanie Daly

Under 12

Sinead Edwards,  Niamh Donegan

Under 13

Aliene Mc Partland,  Megan Doonan, Shannon Edwards, Ellen Keegan,  Eoghan Keegan

Under 14

Dawn Hackett,  Aoife Cafferty

Under 17

Blaithin Donohoe, Ciara Gaffney

Under 19

Sinead Mc Govern

Mc Cartin SD Class Championships 2011

On Saturday 9th April, pupils from the various classes conducted by the Mc Cartin SD converged on Drumreilly Community Centre for the annual Class Championships. Adjudicators for the event were Ms. Marian Kiernan ADCRN (Longford) and Ms. Michelle Waldron ODCRN (Mayo). Both were highly impressed with the standard of dancing, team spirit and atmosphere evident in the Mc Cartin camp. The Feis kicked off at 11am with the Beginners Championships and concluded at 6pm with the Senior Competitions.

Karl would like to pay tribute to the senior dancers and parents who helped in the conducting of the competitions and the event throughout the day.

The winners of the Championships were as follows:

Beginners Championship Under 6: 1st Caoimhe Cullen

Beginners Championship Under 8: 1st  Clara O Kelly

 Beginners Championship Under 12: 1st Luke Murphy

 Intermediate Championship Under 6: 1st Cian Mc Govern

 Intermediate Championship Under 8: 1stMolly Prior

 Bungrad Championship Under 8: 1st Ella Galligan-Maguire

 Bungrad Championship Under 10: 1st Tom Gilheany

 Bungrad Championship Under 12: 1st Ciarán Cullen

 Bungrad Championship Under 14: 1st Conor Cullen

 Ullmhuchan Championship Under 9: 1st Deirbhile Currid

 Ullmhuchan Championship Under 11: 1st Niamh Donegan

 Ullmhuchan Championship Under 13: 1st Eoghan Keegan

 Ullmhuchan Championship Under 17: 1st Blaithin Donohoe

 Meangrad Championship Under 13: 1st Ellen Keegan

 Meangrad Championship Under 17: 1st Grainne Donegan

 Ardgrad Championship: 1st Tadhg Murray

 Championship:  1st Ciara Gaffney



Cavan Feis

On 22nd May, the Mc Cartin SD will host Feile Rince Breffni in the Trinity Suite, Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan Town. For full details click the below link:

Cavan Feis 2011 web

Mc Cartin SD Class Championships

On Saturday 9th April, the Mc Cartin SD Class Championships will take place in Drumreilly Community Centre. The Feis will commence at 11am. Adjudicators Ms. Marian Kiernan (Longford) and Ms. Michelle Waldron (Mayo). A full syllabus is available on the Newsletter Page. Each section will commence at the following times:

11am (Beginners), 12pm (Intermediates), 1pm (Bungrád), 2pm (Ceili Competitions), 2:30pm (Ullmhuchán), 3:30pm (Meangrád), 4:00pm (Ardgrád)


All Ireland Irish Open Championships

The Cumann Rince Náisiúnta All Ireland Irish Open Championships will be held over a six day period incorporating two weekends. The solo and 2/3/4 hand competitions will be held in the NBBA, Tallaght on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April. Timetable available here:  Timetable Tallaght 2011 Final

The graded Awards/Championships/Ceili Championships will be held in the City West Hotel and Conference Centre, Dublin from Friday 29th April- Monday 2nd May. Timetable available here: Timetable CityWest 2011 Final

The Mc Cartin SD will have 42 dancers who have qualified for the event compete along with a further five Ceili teams.  Best wishes are extended to the class, wo as always will do us proud!


“As and Step” Leitrim Champions

Recently seven pupils from the Mc Cartin SD formed the group “As an Steps”. The group mixing the contemporary and Irish Dance took part in the recent County and Connaught Finals of the “Our School’s Got Talent” which was a fundraising event organised by the Special Olympics Connaught Branch. The group consisting of Tadhg Murray, Grainne Donegan, Pamela Daly, Sinead Maguire, Ciara Gaffney, Blaithin Donohoe and Aisling Maguire took part in three sections off the competition in a heat, a county and Connaught Final. The group were deemed County Championships following their rendition of “Everybody Dance Now” when they secured a judges vote and topped the audience poll on the night.  The group represented themselves and their class with distinction, along with raising vital funds for a worthy charity.



Scór na nÓg County Final

On January 9th two teams from the Mc Cartin SD will compete at the Scór na nÓg County Final in the Bee Park Resource Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitim. The teams, having qualified from the Semi-Final stages are two of four teams competing for the County title in the Rince Foirne or Ceili Dancing Competition. The teams were selected from thirteen teams to go forward to the County Final. The Junior Team will dance the High Caul Cap, while the Senior Team will dance the Eight Hand Reel in the Final. Best wishes to the pupils. Go n-éirí libh!

Pictured are both teams at training/practice in Drumreilly Community Centre this week.


Successful Shannon Western Regional Championship

The Shannon Western Regional Championships was held in Four Mile House Co Roscommon on 20th/21st  November. 55 dancers represented the school at the Championships. Following two days of exceptional dancing 49 pupils from the Mc Cartin SD qualified for the  CRN All Ireland Irish Open Championships which will be held in the City West Hotel and Conference Centre later this year. The Mc Cartin SD collected over 200 medals at the Championships, winning five solo Award Championships and two Ceili Championship titles. Taking the Solo Award titles were:

Ella Galligan Maguire, Bungrad Under 7, Laura Keegan, Ullmhuchan Under 15, Blaithin Donohoe, Ullmhuchan Under 18, Sinead Mc Govern, Ullmhuchan Over 18, Paula Mc Partland, Meangrad Under 19.

The 8 Hand Ceili Paiste (Under 12) and Ceili Soisear (Under 18) was also won by the Mc Cartin SD.

For a full account of results from the Championships see the Results page. Further Photographs from the Championships see the Photo Gallery Page.


Shannon Western Regional Championship Timetable 2010/11

The Shannon Western Regional Championship Timetable is now available. The Championship will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November. Click the link below for full listing of competitions and times.

Saturday 20th:

 Shannon Western Regional Championships Timetable November Web (sat)

 Sunday 21st:

 Shannon Western Regional Championships Timetable November Web 


Dates for your Diary

The Shannon Western Regional Championships will be held in Four Mile House, Co Roscommon on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November. The Championships act as a means of qualification for CRN’s major All Ireland Dancing Championships which will be held in the City West Hotel and Conference Centre in May 2011.

The Ita Cadwell Memorial Feis will be held on Sunday 14th November in Beaumont Recreational Centre, Dublin, see  link for further details Feis[1]


Successful Drumreilly Feis

Sunday 3rd October was a busy day for the Mc Cartin SD when they hosted the CRN Shannon Western annual Drumreilly Feis, in Drumreilly Community Centre, Co. Leitrim. The Feis received huge support this year with over 10 hours of competition. Karl would like to take this opportunity to thank all who contributed to the success of the Feis. For Results from the Feis see the results page.

All Ireland Fleadh

Congratulations to the pupils from the Mc Cartin SD who represented their county and province at the All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil in Cavan recently. The Under 15 team of Tadhg Murray, Owen Mc Partland, Laura Keegan, Ciara Gaffney, Sinead Maguire, Ciara Gaffney, Conor Gaffney and Ciana Stringer took bronze. Our Junior team of Onisia Mimna, Orla Kiernan, Cormac Sammon, Ciaran Cullen, Aoife Sammon, Tom Gilheany, Kate Gilheany and Mark Keegan danced very well and were unfortunate not to figure in the final result.



Trip to Australia

During the month of August Karl Mc Cartin ODCRN travelled to Australia as part of a deputation representing CRN. While in Australia, Karl adjudicated CRN First Australian Competition which was held in Teralba, New South Wales. A number of teacher workshops and meetings also took place. Karl acts as Australian Rep on the Executitive Committee of CRN.



Drumreilly Feis

The annual Cumann Rince Naisiunta Drumreilly Feis, hosted by the Mc Cartin School of Irish Dancing, will take place on  Sunday 3rd October. The Feis will be held in Drumreilly Community Centre, Co. Leitrim with an 11am start. The Adjudicators for the event are Ms Pauline Daly ADCRN and Ms Siobhan Crowley ADCRN. Music will be provided by Mr Donal Kelly.

The Feis is the first event on the 2010/11 calendar for the dancers in the Shannon Western Region so a good attendance is expected from across the west and midlands. The Mc Cartin SD look forward to welcoming all dancers to the Feis. For  a full list of competitions and times click the below link. Additional info available from

Cumann Rince Náisiúnta Drumreilly Feile 11



Trip To Australia

On 10th August Karl Mc Cartin ODCRN, director of the Mc Cartin SD will depart for Australia as part of a deputation representing CRN. While in Australia the group will meet with fellow CRN teachers and conduct a series of workshops, host information meetings on CRN and their policies and interview some potential new teachers. Karl will also adjudicate CRN’s 1st Class Championship Feis in Sydney on 22nd August.  More news and photographs from the trip will be posted upon Karls return.


All Ireland Fleadh Update

The Mc Cartin School of Irish Dancing will have two Ceili teams competing at the All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan Town. The competition will take place on Friday 20th August in the Cavan Leisure Centre. The Under 12 team will compete in the Mixed 8 Hand Ceili at 11am, while the Under 15 team will compete in the Mixed 8 Hand Ceili at 4pm. We wish the teams the very best of luck as they represent their county and province.

Connaught Fleadh Champions

Two teams from the Mc Cartin School of Irish Dancing competed at the Connaught Fleadh on 4/7/10. The teams were representing Leitrim having both won their county title at the Leitrim Fleadh in April. The Mc Cartin SD faced teams from Galway, Mayo and Sligo.  Both teams dancing the High Caul Cap performed excellently and a flawless performance was reported from the adjudicator! When the results were announced both teams were deemed Connaught Champions. The under 12 teams taking the Connaught title were Kate Gilheany, Tom Gilheany, Sean Keegan, Orla Kiernan, Onisia Mimna, Ciaran Cullen, Aoife Sammon and Cormac Sammon. The Under 15 winning team were represented by Tadhg Murray, Jack Williamson, Ciana Stringer, Conor Gaffney, Ciara Gaffney, Sinead Maguire, Laura Keegan and Owen Mc Partland. The under 15 team  as the new Connaught Championships performed their winning dance on the Jig Gig in the town square. Congratulations to the dancers, their teacher Karl Mc Cartin ODCRN and their families. The teams now go forward representing Leitrim and Connaught to the All Ireland Fleadh which will be held in August in Cavan Town.

Karl and his dancers would like to acknowledge their musician for this competition Mr Brian Mostyn.


Leitrim County Council Honour Mc Cartin SD

Twenty members of the Mc Cartin SD, accompanied by their teacher Karl Mc Cartin ODCRN, were honoured at the June meeting of Leitrim County Council. The class were invited to the Council Office following their recent success at the All Ireland CRN Irish Dancing Championships. Formally welcoming the class Cllr John Mc Cartin informed those present that the Mc Cartin SD had recently won the Ceili 6 Hand All Ireland Championship and an array of solo awards. Cllr Mc Cartin congratulated the class on their growth and success and the opportunity the class affords its pupils and local children. The class then performed for the Councillors and Council Officials. Following the performance Cllr Frank Dolan, Chairperson of Leitrim County Council presented the class with a certificate of achievement and acknowledgement of their visit. In his address Cllr Dolan wished the class many years of continued success. Photographs with the Leitrim Observer photographer followed. The class were then shown around the building and given full access to the Council Chamber rounding off a very exciting and eventful day.

The Mc Cartin SD would like to thank Leitrim County Council for the acknowledgement they received.

All Ireland Championships


The All Ireland’s have come and gone for another year, it was a fantastic All Ireland for the Class. A huge number of pupils placed in their solo competitions. The Championship weekend saw the class collect their first Ceili Championship title when we won the 6 Hand Ceili Paiste competition (Under 12). A further two ceili teams placed 2nd in their competitions, namely the 8 Hand Ceili Under 9 and 8 Hand Ceili under 15. This was a huge achievement for the class and pupils concerned! You did yourself, your class, teacher and community proud!

Class Championships 2010

The Class Championships were held on Saturday 3rd April in Drumreilly Community Centre. The Championships marked the 10th year of the schools operation. The adjudicators for the Championships were Ms Ann Dodd Prior  ADCRN and Ms Carmel Doherty ADCRN. Both were truly impressed with the standard of dancing by the pupils both in solo and team areas.

In his address, Karl outlined the many high points during his ten years of teaching, he paid tribute to both Ann and Carmel who were instrumental in his teaching career and the establishment of the class. The parents and dancers of the school were thanked for their enthusiasm , energy and loyalty to the class.

Karl continued by saying he was so fortunate to have pupils such as those enrolled in the Mc Cartin SD, and he outlined the pleasure it was to work with them.

The championship winners on the day were as follows:

Beginners Championship Under 6: 1st Olwyn Mc Cartin

Beginners Championship Under 8: 1st Ciara Lennon

Intermediate Championship Under 6: 1st Ella Galligan Maguire

Intermediate Championship Under 8: 1st Cillian Cullen

Intermediates Championship Under 10: 1st Shauna Lavin

Bungrad Championship Under 7: 1st Kate Gilheany

Bungrad Championship Under 9: 1st Orla Kiernan

Bungrad Championship Under 11: 1st Helen O Rourke

Bungrad Championship Under 13: 1st Abigael Pierce

Boys Championship: 1st Conor Cullen

Ullmhuchan Championship Under 9: 1st Emer Mc Cabe

Ullmhuchan Championship Under 11: 1st Aoife Sammon

Ullmhuchan Championship Under 13: 1st Laura Keegan

Ullmhuchan Championship Under 17: 1st Blaithin Donohoe

Meangrad Championship Under 11: 1st Emma Sorohan

Meangrad Championship Under 13: 1st Roisin Mc Hugh

Meangrad Championship Under 17: 1st Paula Mc Partland

Ardgrad Championship: 1st Ciara Gaffney

Karl would like to thank all who helped out on the day, especially his senior dancers.

Haiti Presentation


Ellen and Eva Keegan and Emma Sorohan organised a raffle for Haiti at Drumreilly Feis. The girls raised  €470.20 on the day. Thanks to the sponsors and those who purchased tickets. Mr Tom Lavin, Concern Board Member accepted the cheque on behalf of Concern. Well done girls on the kind thought!

Scrutineers Course

The Mc Cartin SD hosted a scrutineers course for teachers, parents/guardians interested in training as a scrutineer. The course had an attendance of 17 and all present felt the course was very informative.

Drumreilly Feis

The annual CRN Shannon Western Region Drumreilly Feis was held on 7th February 2010. The Feis hosted by the Mc Cartin SD witnessed record numbers of dancers compete. An exceptional standard was recorded at the Feis and congratulations to all the winners. A full list of winners will be posted soon. Many thanks to the parents from the class who assisted in the organisation and running of the event.

Shannon Western Regional Championships  

The Shannon Western Regional Championships were held in Kilbride Community Centre, Co. Roscommon on 13th and 14th February. What a weekend it was! We had huge success with over 50 dancers qualifying to compete at the All Irelands, Five Award Winners and Four Ceili Championship Titles. Well done to one and all. Your hard work paid off!



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