Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dublin Airport - City West ground transport info

AIRCOACH (BUS COMPANY) have agreed the below very good rates to lift people to and from Dublin Airport for the World Championships. YOU CAN EMAIL if you are interested in same. The following Fares are offered to your Visiting Competitors , Teachers , Family Supports and Officials/ Delegates for Airport Transfers to / from The City West Hotel and other Overflow Hotels in the vicinity of Clondalkin , Tallaght and West City Suburbs. Adult Return Fare € 14 per person , Child Return Fare ( ages 5 to 12 years ) €8 per person , Children under age of 5 years travel Free , all Children to be accompanied by Parents / Adults . Those Fares are based on Group Transfers in excess of 25 persons per Coach Transfer -- Coach Capacities are from 44 to 53 seats . For Transfers -- Dublin Airport to / from Dublin City Centre Hotels and City Centre , Accommodation Facilities , we offer Fares as follows on the High Frequency , Coach Services ( every 15 mins in both directions , throughout 7 days and 24 hours ) -- Adult Return Fare € 10 per person ; Child Return Fare €7 per person , Children under 5 years of age travel Free . The City Centre Hotel Transfers are based on either Individuals Travel , Small Groups / Families or Larger Group Transfers . The Transfers to / from The City West Hotel and Overflow Hotels nearby can better be accommodated by allocating dedicated Coaches with full or near full Loading , based on Airline Flight Arrivals and Departure Times being such that there will be a requirement to provide dedicated Coach Transfers based on numbers of Personnel assembling at Dublin Airport , Terminals 1 and 2 and who have Hotels / Accommodation Bookings in The City West Hotel and Hinterland Hotels . We will be in a better way to planning the Transfers Scheduling when you receive Information on No's of Personnel to be Transferred , Airline Arrival / Departure Itineraries -- Dates / Times . Trusting that this Information is sufficient to enable you to Communicate / with your Office Staff Team and we remain available at Aircoach to work with you and your Team in order to ensuring a satisfactory and efficient Airport Transfers arrangement for The World Championships in Irish Dancing in April / May 2011 .Should there be Coach Transfer requirements from Dublin City Centre Hotels to / from The City West , Competitions Venue , we can discuss Fares and plan the Transfers based on Personnel Numbers requiring such ; Tel 00353 87 9786126 -- Mobile ; 00353 1 8447118 -- Office ; 00353 1 8447915 -- Fax .

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Notes from the meeting of ACLRG March 26,27 2011

Hello everyone/Bonjour à tous/Dia duit gach duine.

As a regional representative to An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha for Eastern Canada, it is my duty to convey important details of Coimisiun meetings to members of my region who should, in turn, pass such information on to their dance families. Understanding that occasionally, a breakdown in communication beyond my efforts occurs, I began posting my relevant notes online for all ECR teachers and families to see, to ensure that everyone in our region gets the information they (may) need. There is nothing confidential being published, however please do not copy and paste any of this to the message boards; instead, copy the link to this page to encourage the direction of traffic here. These are my own personal notes, not the official notes of ACLRG so these notes are meant only as a guideline. Most, if not all of this information should follow in an official capacity when made available.

My last blog post (to the Eastern Canadian regional blog) featured the announcement of adjudicators selected for the 2011 ECR Oireachtas and it was brought to my attention that the discussions on the ECR message board were livelier than ever with thoughts and opinions of the quality and integrity of judges selected. It was appalling actually, and if this is how the information I provide is appreciated, then I will have to decide if posting these updates is in every one's best interests.

-------------- Having said that, I am very happy to get info out there quickly so here is a lheap of notes pertaining to many issues - most notably the upcoming World Championships to be held in City West Resorts ltd, Dublin Ireland. ---------------

City West is technically OUT of receivership and is also sold out of accommodation for Worlds. The gala Ball is sold out too. There are still rooms in a few of the overflow hotels and there will be shuttles between them and CW for guests who are registered as a part of the Irish Dance block. If you are staying in an overflow hotel, you MUST register yourself as being a part of the block in order to take advantage of the shuttle to/from CW or you will not be allowed to use the shuttle.

*****The opening ceremony (approximately 2.5 hrs) will occur mid-Monday morning and feature an appearance by the Irish President, which for many of us will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be visited by a World leader. It is a very prestigious honour which took months of negotiations and everyone involved is delighted at such an opportunity. A such, the competitions will stop in all three rooms and everyone will be directed to one room for the ceremony and presentation. Further news is forthcoming and will appear on the official CLRG website. *****

All award ceremonies will occur at the end of each day with one exception; the final schedule will reveal which day. Boys competitions will be awarded before girls/teams where possible to ensure they have a sufficiently sized audience. All efforts will be made without guarantees. We can't stress enough the importance of going back stage with PLENTY of time before performing. No side-stage manager or anyone connected to the event wants to tell a child they cannot perform if they miss their rotation but that is the rule and as such, it must be followed. PLEASE, don't disappear - go backstage when you are called. You never know if a bunch are entries are no-shows, and all of a sudden, you are due to be up next.

Listening to requests from teachers and parents, multi-day discounts for wristbands have been added this year – fees are: 1 day is €15, 4 days are €50, 7 days are €90. The fee to enjoy the evening of dance dramas is €20 (tickets available only via Ticketmaster) and is not part of the daily admission. Beoga is performing on Wednesday night; information is on the CLRG website.

The JIG documentary crew will be on-site distributing promo materials, goodie bags and showing new clips. An exhibit depicting the history of Irish dancing will be on display and A Taste Of Dublin will be on offer that week too, allowing those who can't get into Dublin a chance to still experience Irish food, drink and souvenir shopping.

City West will not permit costumes on display in public areas for sale. A costume re-sale room will run for the whole time for a fee of €25 per costume– this is run by “Second Time Around”. There is a flat-rate fee for all registrations. If your costume sells in ten minutes (lucky you) then there is no recourse for a partial refund. This is standard practice with all (or at least most) of the other enterprises.

Dancers MUST collect their number in the hall where they will compete (also, mentioned at a previous meeting, all three rounds will occur in the same hall).

A coach from Dublin Airport to City West will leave every 15 minutes at a reduce rate of around €15 per person (taxis are between €75 & €90 one way), a coach will run from City West to downtown Dublin – (times and fees not yet disclosed). Info will be on the CLRG website when ready.

(This paragraph was amended on March 31st as my original posting was incorrect.) Finally, a ruling was passed enabling any traditional version of the four main traditional set dances to be accepted for use in their teaching or dancing sections. There are a variety of versions of these dances and we wish to ensure candidates do not worry if their version doesn't match that of another candidate. 

Info for upcoming examinations is on the CLRG website. Eastern Canada is discussing running an exam in 2012. 


Monday, March 14, 2011

A revolutionary Irish Dance show - during Worlds Week...

Performing at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght (near Worlds) from April 18-23rd.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Message For All Feis Musicians In North America

Sent: Wed, Feb 23, 2011 1:10 pmSubject: Music for Feisanna in North America

Hi everyone. Hope all is well with each of you and that we are all looking forward to spring!!!!

The reason for this email is to make you all aware, as feis musicians of some new and a reiteration of some older rules.

Effective MARCH 1 (NEXT WEEK) the speed for St Patrick's Day in the traditional set competition will be 94.

Effective January 1, 2010 the speeds for Beginner and Advanced Beginner Reels and Slip Jigs is 118.

Also currently in effect(pertains primarily to Prelims and Open Championship competitions) only the prescribed number of bars of music to be played will be played. What this means is for Reels and Jigs only 48 bars of music is to be played and for Slip Jigs and Hornpipes only 40 bars of music is to be played. This rule has been around for a good while but has not been adhered to but it must be now. What it means is basically if a dancer does not start after the proper introduction, the musician(s) cannot add the number of bars to the dancers' performance i.e. the dancer false starts or missed the start. The same would apply to set dances. The onus is on the dancer to start correctly. Please adhere to this to avoid potential problems that could crop up.

If you have any questions, feel free to get back to me. If you know of someone who may not be on the group list above, please let me know and pass the information along. Thank you.

James Early
(Mid-Atlantic Regional Director)