What's Happening in Sydney?

2017 State Champions


Congratulations to Ceili Moore from the Fiona-Gaye Moore School on her 2nd Place at th World Championships in Boston this Easter, well done Ceili.


1 August 2009

Andrew Henderson Benefit Night

Penrith Gaels Club

from 6:30pm.

See your Teacher for tickets or ring the Gaels on 4722 8180

Advertise or just send a hello in the NSW State Program - click here for more info.

National Champions 2008


New South Wales State Champions 2008

6 /7 yrs: Roisin Bolwell (Halloran)
8 yrs: Isabella Fitzpatrick (Halloran)
9 yrs: Jordan Walter (Halloran)
10 yrs: Sarah Robinson (Halloran)
11yrs: Natalie O’Connor (Dwyer Whelan)
12yrs: Emilia Halias (Halloran)
13 yrs: Marigold Cousens (Aisling)
14 yrs: Gianna Petracic (Halloran)
15 yrs: Natasia Petracic (Halloran)
16 yrs: Erin Trevena (Halloran),
17yrs: Emma Henshaw (Halloran)
18 yrs: Emma Ryan (Halloran)
19 & 20: Kristen Piper (Aisling)
21+ yrs: Janelle Knowles (Walton)
7 yrs: Daniel Brennan (Walton)
8 yrs: Luke Chaumont (Walton)
9 yrs: Jonty Moore (Aisling)
10 yrs: Sean McKenna (Halloran)
11 yrs Rory McGeown (Halloran)
12 yrs: Joshua Taylor (Dwyer Whelan)
13 yrs: William Bryant (Halloran)
14 yrs: Jeremy Heggie (Walton)
15 yrs: Stewart McWhinnie (Dwyer Whelan)
16 yrs: Geordie Costello (Dwyer Whelan)
17 yrs: Xuan Luu (Halloran)
18 Yrs: Peter O'Gorman (Walton).
21+yrs: Andrew McKay (Dwyer Whelan)



Australian Nationals Results 2007

7 Yrs & Under Girls - Bridie O'Neill (Carey NSW)
7 Yrs & Under Boys - Luke Chaumont (Walton NSW)
8 Yrs Girls - Jordan Walter (Halloran NSW)
8 Yrs Boys - Jonty Moore (Aisling NSW)
9 Yrs Girls - Rosie O'Neill (Carey NSW)
9 Yrs Boys - Sean McKenna (Halloran NSW)
10 Yrs Girls - Natalie O'Connor (Dwyer Whelan NSW)
10 Yrs Boys - James Iorfino (Halloran NSW)
11 Yrs Girls - Holly Makin (Aisling NSW)
11 Yrs Boys - Sean O'Gorman (Walton NSW)
12 Yrs Girls - Shauna Olsen (Rabusin VIC)
12 Yrs Boys - William Bryant (Halloran NSW)
13 Yrs Girls - Samantha Murphy (Rabusin VIC)
13 Yrs Boys - Jeremy Heggie (Walton NSW)
14 Yrs Girls - Ashleigh Smith (Crocker QLD)
14 Yrs Boys - Stewart McWhinnie (Dwyer Whelan NSW)
15 Yrs Girls - Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Aisling NSW)
15 Yrs Boys - Brent Pace (Rabusin VIC)
16 Yrs Girls - Louise La Sala (Rabusin VIC)
16 Yrs Boys - Michael Padgett (Christine Ayres VIC)
17 Yrs Girls - Tara Dunn (Liz Gregory ACT)
17 Yrs Boys - Chris Murphy (Simpson ACT)
18 Yrs Girls - Marlise Newell (Crocker QLD)
18 Yrs Boys - Adam Morris (Halloran NSW)
19 & 20 Yrs Ladies - Ellen Bradley (Simpson ACT)
19 & 20 Yrs Men - Ashley Miller (Scoil Ard Rince QLD)
21 Yrs & Over Ladies - Paddy Jessing (Dwyer Whelan NSW)
21 Yrs & Over Men - Christopher McSorley (Miller SA)

For All Results

Aussies at the Worlds 2007

Congratulations to all our Australian dancers who competed in Glasgow this year.

For a complete list of our recalled dancers click here



Benefit Night a Great Success!

Thanks to all who came to the Benefit night and bid on some great items.

Pauline Henshaw won the raffle and heaps of fun was had by all. Thanks to those from the wider Irish community who heard about the event and came to have a brilliant night and meet the Irish Dancing community up close and personal.

Thanks to the Lil's Mates dancing troupe who kicked and clicked up a storm. Money raised went towards meeting costs and expenses involved with Lily's passing in October last year.


Anne and Jennifer Claro Benefit Night - 3 Feb 07 - 7:00pm till midnight.


A Benefit Night has been organised by friends of Anne and Jennifer Claro. It will be on Saturday 3 February 2007 at Penrith Gaels Club Corner Glebe Place & Phillip Street Kingswood NSW 2747.
It is going to be a rollicking good time with entertainment by Shaylee Wilde and the Lads, Jimmy Moore band and special guests.
There will be an Irish Dancing extravaganza by senior dancers, an auction of very special items and a raffle!
It promises to be a wonderful night of fun and entertainment!
Admission is 20 dollars. Tickets available from the club or at the door on the night.
As a huge crowd is anticipated it is advisable to get your tickets in advance

For more information ring Maggie Doyle on 0438 987472.

There may be some of you who would still like to help but cannot make it on the night or are too far away to attend. If you would like to find out how you can help please email Amanda


If you didn't get a chance to attend Lily's service or you are one of the many well-wishers from overseas, here is a little coverage for you all.

Lily's Page



For those who need to say a quiet goodbye to Lily, there will be an opportunity at White Lady Funerals Eastwood on Friday night from 5:30pm.


Lily's funeral will be on Saturday 28th October at St Michael's Church Meadowbank, Maxim Street at 9.30am.

Lily was a vivacious 'out there' girl and we'd like to celebrate Lily's life by everyone wearing bright colours. Nothing sombre.

If you'd like to bring your favourite picture of Lily to put up on the board on the day, please do.

Following the funeral and burial, there will be a wake at The Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club, Ryedale Road West Ryde (opposite station) approximately 12.30pm. All welcome. Please contact Maggie Doyle on 0438 987 472 for further info.

Please be advised that Milton Baar and a friend have been asked to record the funeral by Anne and Jennifer.

They have also requested that any dancer who wishes to wear her costume would be most welcome. It is asked if girls in costume could assemble at the back of the church and not occupy pews which will be required for older guests.

October 19 2006

It is with great sadness that I report the death of Elizabeth Claro - Lily to her friends. Lily passed away at her home on 19 October. Lily is the Australian 17 years Irish Dancing Champion and was a brilliant dancer with the most wonderful feet that ever put on soft shoes.

Lily is mourned by not only her mother Anne and older sister Jennifer, but all who came in contact with her. She was the most vivacious of girls and would always be the focus in any room she entered.

With a wicked sense of humour and the quickest of wits she was admired by all. She will be sorely missed by her classmates at the Halloran School.

Rest in Peace Lily.

June 06

Good Luck to the nearly 30 Australian Dancers going to the North American Championships in San Diego.


April 2006

Congratulations to Nicole Zepcevski (21 and Over) and Shaun Higgins (19 and Under). Both World Champions in Belfast 2006.

World Championships Results for NSW dancers:

1st Nicole Zepcevski (Aisling)
1st Shaun Higgins (Aisling)
7th Dermot Doyle (Aisling)
21st Paddy Jessing (Dwyer/Whelan

November 2005

Start thinking about the NSW AIDA Deutante Ball in May 2006 - Info Here

July 2005

Leanne Halloran and Darren Yates became the proud parents of Ryan Jackson Kenneth Yates.

6lbs 14 oz. Photo inside


July 2005

Don't forget to get some entries in to the National Logo Competition at www.aidainc.com

June 2005

**Watch out for the SPECIAL DEAL being offered by Warner Village Theme Parks 25% discount available to National attendees Click on www.australianchampionships.com Venue & Location for more information


May 2005

AIDA Web site up and running at www.aidainc.com.

Have a look around and maybe start thinking about a new national logo

April 2005

First few comps under our belts for the year. Didn't the subbies look lovely with their fresh little faces with no lippy.

March 2005

Aussies are now home from the worlds. 45 competitors from heaps of different schools. See their results here

February 2005

There have been some changes to the competition schedule. The AIDA reserve comp is now on the 19th and 20th March instead of the weekend before.

Welcome back for the New Year. The calendar for Sydney is up and very full. Hope you have no other hobbies. The new web site for the Gold Coast Nationals is up at www.australianchampionships.com

The new AIDA site will be up soon with all sorts of information to clarify some of the rumours that fly around our message boards.

The Claddagh feis will be back at the Uruguayan Soccer Club again this year - both the beginners in April and the Open in July. I can smell the coffee already.


October 2004

2004 National Championships results


results for the NSW States

July 2004

Results for the Claddagh Feis

Entry forms for the Trinity Feis out now - see comps page.


Australia goes to the NANs

Over 21 (ladies)

Catherine Poulton 4th
Aoife Champion, -9th
Peta Van Rijswick -28th

O21 mens

Chris Carswell - 4th
Andrew Roberts - 5th

Under 19 Men
Sean Connolly - 3rd
Under 21 (Ladies)
Kate Halloran - 40th
Jennifer Claro - 39th
Janelle Knowles -24th
Suzanne Cox - 33rd
Cassandra Halloran- 1st,
Aisling O'Brien - 27th
Elizabeth Claro 14th,
Sian Ryan 42nd
Sarah Haeusler 45th -
Under 14
Emma Henshaw - 12th
Under 12 -
Natasia Petracic 19th
Under 13 (Girls)
Alicia Bryant - 9th
Under 11 (Girls)
Gianna Petracic - 12th
Chelsey Priadko - 21st
Girls Under 10:
Ceili Moore - 29th
Boys Under 10:
William Bryant - 8th

Girls Under 9 :

Holly Makin 4th,
Tara Fitzgerald 5th

Teams - from Simpson ACT

4th place in Mixed Ceili 16 & Over
8th place in Girls Ceili 16 & Over

Girls Under 17
Jessica Halloran - 4th


Girls Under 15
Emma Ryan - 21st


Ladies Under 18
Leanne McGrath 28th
Suzanne Knowles 30th

Tell me if I've missed any.

June 2004

Competition season in full swing. The INDA, the AIDA, Central Coast, Gold Coast and the Winter Solstice. Our wallets are reeling too.

Some photos up for Winter Solstice.

Entries closing for Claddagh.

May 2004

Debuntante Ball was a big success. Lots of hard work put in. Everyone was very elegant.

April 2004

Please be on the look out for two dresses stolen from Siopa Rince in Dublin.

Parent Meeting for the Sydney Nationals is 4:15pm at Gaels Club Penrith on Sun 2nd May

Deb Practice 6pm at Beverly Hills PS Sun 2nd May.

March 2004

Entry forms for Canberra Feis are now available on-line - see competition page

Practice for the Debutante Ball are on Sunday nights 6 - 7. Still time to grab a partner and come along. Debs must be over 15 years by May 2004.

Times are out for Claddagh Beginners Feis


February 2004

Welcome back to another year. Here is the latest

The Provisional Timetable is up at the Australian Irish Dancing Championships Sydney 2004

New Dance School in Sydney operating in Glenfield and Alfords Point (Menai). The McGlinchy school is run by Amy McGlinchy, a very talented ex-student of Donna and Leanne Halloran. Registered with the AIDA.Call Amy on 9734 6553.

The Ku-ring-gai Academy now has a web site.

New Competitions - Central Coast Feis




October 2003.

I was given this by Kevin Doyle who is asking the whole ID community to have some fun down in Jindabyne.

Festival of Irish Music
Fleadh Cheoil

23-26 January 2004 incl.
Set Dancing, Step Dancing, Ceili and Old Time Dancing, Singers & Musicians
From all over Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.
Accommodation readily available in Jindabyne.

Enquiries (02) 9181 3365

September 2003

Printable timetables for the Australians in Perth

The Chase Academy on the Gold Coast have their Christmas Feis on 6,7 Dec. Have a holiday.

I'm staying in Perth for a holiday so don't expect to see the results up in a hurry.

If you would like to help me do it fast when I get back can you send your sections results to me in the three column table in Word format.

August 2003

Results are up and heaps of photos

State Timetable is up


July 2003


Claddagh Feis Premiership results are available

The AIDA will be holding a Beginners and Primary Feis on 10 August. With an International Judge! (NSW is just showing off now. lol) Entry forms available from your teacher.

4 New Entry forms available - beg - AIDA and Fishers Ghost and Fishers Ghost Open and the Wollongong Feis



June 2003

Another reason to go to Canberra - Tir An Oir Feis on 3 August. Entry Forms Available

Irish Names and how to pronounce them. A new link lets you hear Frank McCourt pronouncing them for you.

Provisional Times for Claddagh Feis 26-27 July

Entry forms are available for the Southern Cross which is in Canberra this year

Times are out for Winter Solstice - Confirmed Times

Entry Forms for the Illawarra Seaside Feis

Entry forms for The Claddagh Feis

Times for the Central Coast Feis at Gosford

For Anne and Marilyn - those recipes I promised you.

More unpronounceable Irish Names added to my list for anybody who ever holds a microphone at a comp.

Times for AIDA on 21/22 June


May 2003

Entry Form for Central Coast Feis is available

Winter Solstice entry form available.

Update to Irish dress Makers in Australia

April 2003

Well done to the Aussies that went to the Worlds. So many places and recalls!!!

February 2003

Timings for AIDA Competition 1&2 March

Some changes to the March calendar. Please check.

January 2003

Happy New Year! A basic feis calendar is up on the competitions page for those of you who like to plan ahead.
Miss Donna of the Halloran School is getting married this month, congratulations!

December 2002

Another dressmaker has hung out her shingle. Have a look at her lovely dresses at www.stepaboutdresses.com contact: dresses@stepaboutdresses.com

November 2002

Four Provinces Feis is over and that's it for the year. Good luck in your Christmas Concerts and keep practicing in the holidays or there will be tears in February!!!

October 2002- Times for Tri Quetra Feis are as follows

9.00am  6 & Under
10.30am  7 & 8 years

1.00pm  9 & 10 years
2.30pm 11 & 12 years

4.00pm 13 & Over

October 2002- Photos are up on Photo Gallery. Send more if you like (About 80K in size)

October 2002 - Entry form for the Tri Quetra Feis (3 November) Beginners to Elementary (pronounced try-KET-ra, Latin for "three cornered" like the celtic knot.).

Results for the Nationals on their way RESULTS ARE UP

July 2002 Results for the Claddagh Feis 2002

June 2002 - Entry forms for Southern Cross Teams at the Gaels Club 19/20/21 July

June 2002 - Entry forms available for the Claddagh feis on July 27/28 and for the Southern Cross at the Gaels Club 19/20/21 July


May 2002 - AIDA graded Comp Timetable (1st and 2nd June ) is available on my competition page.

- Canberra Feis Timetable is available on my competition page.

February 2002 - Helen Doyle , who makes those great Irish Dance Dress Bags that were in Adelaide now has a web site where you can order bags. www.irishdancingbags.co.nz

 Jan 2002 - Some Competition dates are up.

Jan 2002 - Happy New Year and hello to all those dancers who are going to the world. We'll think of you practicing hard while we are at the beach.

Haven't got any firm dates for comps yet but they'll be up as soon as I can get them.

For those of you who follow the American message board by K. Drew, it is now shut. There is a new one for dancers at www.voy.com/60473/ and a great one for parents of dancers at www.voy.com/14727/. The Aussie one if you haven't visited is at http://pub58.ezboard.com/baida

November 2001 - Timetable for the Central Coast Feis is up


November 2001 - Thought it might be nice for people to know what everyone looks like. If you would like your photo linked to the Adelaide results, send a .jpg photo of you in Adelaide no bigger than 100K.

October 2001 - Wow ! Was that the coldest Australian ever!! Adelaide shops did a booming business in singlets and jumpers.
Well done to all dancers! A lot of hard work went into every single entry, to even get there these days you are a winner!

Results are up

October 2001 New Competition on Central Coast in November - Application form here. 

September 26th - Updates to dressmakers and adult classes.

Good luck to everyone in the Australians

September 8th - Revised Timetable for Nationals out. Print out your own copy.

August 2001 Results for the State Championships are up.

July 2001 - The Official Timetable is out for the State Championships at Bankstown RSL. Check it out

July 2001 - Malou Ellis is now selling her Inishfree soft and hard shoes from her home - see the "Buying Shoes"

June 2001 - NSW State Championships 4-6 August. Entries have now closed. Teams are on the same weekend.

April 2001 - The entry forms are out for the Claddagh Feis on 19/20 May (Int/Open) closes 9 May

and the INDA comp on 9/10 June (all grades) closes 26 May

April 2001 - The Maher School have Adult Classes starting in May at Jamisontown (Penrith area)
You can contact Maria Maher on 0417063441 or sastley@bigpond.com

March 2001 - I've had this joke in my drawer for ages... I thought you might like it

March 2001- I've added a section about set dances to Life after Beginners. It has whether they are jigs or hornpipes.

Feb 2001 - St Patricks Day Competition and the Reserve Championship entries have closed.

  • Entry forms for the Beginners Claddagh feis are out there with your teachers.
  • A new trader in shoes and socks has started up in Victoria, but he does mail order. See the shoes section.

Jan 2001 - There is an Irish Dancing Dress in the Window at Spotlight Bankstown made from the Simplicity Pattern 9131. It looks great.

Somebody wrote to say there is a book of Irish Dancing Costume Iron on Transfers by Courtney Davis available on the internet via Amazon.co.uk.

I've added a section on Sydney Schools that teach Adults. If you know of others that have adults (esp. in the West) tell me

Jan 2001 - Latest on Australian Championships in Adelaide. All info on accommodation, discount flights and syllabus changes.

Dec 2000 - How to pronounce Irish names. Read that program with new confidence that you're not going to embarrass yourself!!! 

Dec 2000 - Latest information on Australian Championships in Adelaide

They will be run from 2-7 Oct, at ETSA Park, the official hotel is the Stamford Plaza.

Single, Twin or Double Occupancy: $150.00 per room, per night
Triple Share: add $25.00
Executive Lounge: $182.50 single occupancy or $215.00 double occupancy
Toll Free number; 1 300 301 391
Stamford Plaza
150 North Terrace

Dec 2000- Always wanted to know how the scoring worked? - I've written out a guide to Championship Scoring. It might take you all the holidays to figure it out.

Nov 20 - (Happy Birthday Chanelle) at last …New Zealand Photos are on Photo Gallery

Nov 15 - A new Irish Dancing web site has been set up in England. It's called Dancing in Celtic. It has about everything you could imagine. It's just starting up, but it will have competitions from all over the world there, second hand dresses and heaps of other stuff, book mark it . www.dancinginceltic.com


Results from the Southern Cross - 10/11 Nov

Sub- Minors (tie) Alicia Bryant - Halloran Erin Trevena (Maher)
9 years - Tamara Macey _ Halloran
10 years - Maryanne Memmolo - Halloran
11 yrs - Daisy Cousens - Aisling
12 yrs - Talicia Williams - Halloran
13 years - Aliesha Manion Kay- Hallissey NZ
14 years - Cassandra Halloran - Halloran
15years - Tie - Angela Perry Dwyer-Whelan and Clare McALeer - McAleer VIC
16 years - Megan Ryan - Currie
17 years - Louise Oliver - Aisling
18 years - Larissa Wright - Halloran
Under 21 Ladies - Helen Clout - Wollongong Academy
Over 21 Ladies - Katie McGrath - Currie


Sub Minor - Matthew Mooney (Aisling NSW)
10 years - Equal 1st place- James Souter (Mulcahy VIC) Gareth Chow (Dwyer-Whelan NSW)
12 years - Adam Morris - Currie
14 years - Sean Connolly (Dwyer-Whelan NSW)
16 years -Craig Ashurst (Mulcahy NSW)
18 years - Oliver Sach (Cummings NZ)
Please send any others to fill in the blanks.

Nov 2000

Timings for the Southern Cross. On Competitions page


Irish Shopping Online at CelticLinks.com.

Unusual gifts and collectables, sportswear, dancewear and music.

Have a look, hundreds of gift ideas.

Results from the Nationals on the Gold Coast. Check them out on the AIDA Web site at aida.rr.nu or hot click straight there

June 2000 Celtic Origins from Penrith has a mail order site up and running , have a look


JUNE 2000 Claddagh Feis Upgrades = Check out who's in Open now.


Worlds! - They're over and a nice overview can be seen at Riverdance but unless you've applied for a backstage pass you can't get into the "exclusive" area to see the photos. But if you look carefully most of them are of Aussie Kristen Knox who came 6th in the Ladies. If you want to see the photos of the prizegiving, they are on my photo gallery.

New! Some lovely ideas for medals to stop them getting lost. No need for shoe boxes any more, have a look.

April News - Claddagh Feis
The Venue has been finalised. Hinchinbrook Soccer Club, same as last year. It's Sun and Mon on the June long weekend. Int and Open only. All sections now have beautiful perpetual trophies, so start practicing.

Results for the World
The results will be posted as they are available Click Here

Winter Solostice
Inspite of not being winter or the Solstice, everyone had a great time. Great Venue and on time!!!!

2000 Australians
Here is the tentative timetable for the Australians on the Gold Coast. Things may change.


Cool Links Page
March 00 - Here's a great site for Irish links. The top 50 are rated. Click here and have a look

Making your Own Dress?
Feb 00 - New info on making your own dress. New Simplicity pattern and where to get embroidery designs.

Timetable for the Worlds
Feb 00 - A link to the provisional timetable for the World Championships in Belfast. Click Here

New Grade!
Jan 00 - From this year the Australian ID Assoc has introduced an new dance level called Elementary.
Beginners - Primary - Elementary - Intermediate then Open. Also the dances for each age grade for 2000

New Pictures!!!!!!
Jan 00 - Finally changed my photos, thanks to people who sent them.
Check them out
click here

Dec 99 - Pauline Henshaw is opening a new Irish Dancing shop in Penrith. Check details in Buying Shoes

The Australian Irish Dancing Association has launched it's new web site. It's got free classifieds, a photo gallery, and State by State information. It also has a message board for discussions.

To have a look click here


I now have a Results Page where you can go to see old results from past competitions without having to dig out all your old programs.