• Given the ‘close contact’ nature of dancing, we recommend/encourage/welcome the wearing of masks.
  • We continue to require proof of COVID vaccination (at the first GWCC event attended).

Ceilis are social dance events featuring traditional Irish music and dances. All are welcome–even if you don’t dance, come and enjoy the live music.

Dances cover a range of skill levels, but experienced dancers will help you to learn. You are encouraged to give it a try. Our dance classes will help you become more comfortable.

Please also consider joining our classes on Thursday evenings to improve your dancing and have fun with friends. Instructor Ann Marie Breheny will include our Set of the Month in preparation for the ceilis. It’s a much better way to learn the dances because class times are long enough to allow her to really explain details and practice the figures several times.

Two important notes!

  1. We are continuing to require proof of vaccination at all GWCC events.
  2. We are observing the rules at the Lyceum that prohibit alcohol consumption and smoking.

We have a potluck supper during the first break. Please bring a ‘ready to eat’ dish to share.

Prices are – $20/GWCC members, $25/non-members, 11 & under half price.

crossroad dancers
Dancing at the Crossroads (Knockmonlea, Co. Cork 1910 by Horgan Bros.)

When we had to cancel our monthly ceils in 2020 and 2021,
we struggled to find a way to stay connected. Our response was to go online with our Virtual Ceili’ Concert Series – a series of live-streamed concerts featuring local musicians.
You can still watch any of these Virtual Ceilis at our YouTube channel

Ceili schedule and details – 2023-2024

Sunday, September 24, 2023 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm
workshop at 3pm - The High Caul Cap 

Sunday, October 22 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm
workshop at 3pm - The Claddagh Set

Sunday, November 26 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm     
workshop at 3pm - The Glencree Set - from Fall Fling
Monday, January 1, 2024  - 4:00 - 8:00 pm  
New Year's Day Ceili
no workshop; 

Sunday, January 28,2024 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm  
workshop at 3pm - The Newmarket Mezerts

Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm  
workshop at 3pm - The Ormond Set

Sunday, March 24, 2024 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm  
workshop at 3pm - The Black Valley Square Jig

Sunday, April 28, 2024 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm 
workshop at 3pm - The Moycullen Set

Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm  
workshop at 3pm - The Moate Set

Our monthly ceili takes a summer vacation and resumes again in September.

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