Irish Set Dancers Frankfurt: Workshop 2019

A warm welcome to you all to on our 8th Setdance–Weekend in Frankfurt am Main!

Claudia Uhlrich-Podzorski
Andrew Podzorski
Jeremy Roche
1st - 3rd November 2019

Our Teachers: Pádraig & Róisín Mc Eneany

3 Céilís
2 Workshops


Haus der Baugewerkschaft, Olof-Palme-Str. 19/ Ecke Lurgiallee (Entrance on Lurgiallee), 60439 Frankfurt/M.The building is in the Mertonviertel, in the Heddernheim area of the city.

Pádraig & Róisín Mc Eneany

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Pádraig began dancing at the age of five and Róisín at the age of 3 or 4. Both ended up dancing in competitions and first learned from, then danced with Connie Ryan. They toured the USA as members of the Slievenamon Set Dancers, as well as appearing on television many times.

They also taught several different classes from the early in the 1990's. In 1994 Connie asked them to take over his Cape May workshop in New Jersey, which they still teach to today. After Connie passed away in 1997, they took over his dancing class. Today they travel extensively, teaching in many different countries.

Pádraig and Róisín are well known for their attention to detail, maintaining the special features of each set, and for their traditional steps. They watch over their classes and always help the dancers dance sets as they were traditionally danced.

They currently hold regular dancing classes in Cobblestone in Dublin.

Slieve Aughty Ceili Band

Slieve Aughty (SLIABH EACHTAÍ – Irish - pronounced “SLEEVE ok Tee” or “ACH tee/tea) is a relatively large mountainous area (by Ireland`s standards) and located in the region between East Clare & South Galway. The highest point in Elevation of this region is Maghera which by a fantastic coincidence is one of the primary origins of the Tulla Ceili Band and in particular, the house of P. Joe Hayes.

There is an unverified suggestion for the word “EACHTAí” means enchanted but origins of very old Irish words are sometimes difficult to verify. However, the music from the Slieve Aughty group is not unverified and provides the enchantment required to fixate the dancers & listeners alike for periods of up to 3 hours at a time, with maybe a welcome cup of tea & cake or buns around the half time mark. This allows for a diversion to the senses. From the intense pleasure to the ears and eyes, the transfer to the taste buds lasts for the duration of the Tea Break until the music and dancing has been restored.

The Slieve Aughty group has been playing music as a group for a very few short years. We think about 4 in all. It has come to life out of necessity because not all venues can fit a full 10-piece Ceili band without someone falling off the stage and thus it is much easier to manage 3 people!

The 3 members of the group are from the general area of South Galway/East Clare and play mostly in the Slieve Aughty region but their music has also been heard in faraway places such as France, Switzerland and now branching into Germany in November 2019.

Charlie Harris on Button Accordion has been a specialist in Irish Traditional music for a few short decades and became familiar with the playing of Mark Donnellan on fiddle by joining the Tulla Céilí Band on stage during the Milltown Malbay (Willie Clancy) festival. Jim Corry joins Charlie & Mark on the piano.


Get-together: from 17:00
Céilí: 20:00 -24:00


Workshop 1: 09:30 - 12:00
Workshop 2: 14:30 - 16:30
Céilí: 20:00 -24:00
Session: open-ended


Céilí: 10:30 - 14:30

Workshop Prices

Workshop & Céilithe (Fr.-So. / Sa.-So.): EUR 95
Céilí: EUR 20

Student discount (10%) on request.

Send an email to [email protected] by 15th October 2019 to make a firm booking for the set dance weekend. We will send you a form in Word that you can fill out and return to us. You can also download the booking form here.


The nearby "relaxa-Hotel Frankfurt/Main" (300m / 5 minutes' walk) has blocked 20 rooms to 01.Sep.2019 for "IrishSetDance" at the unbeatable prices below:
Prices per person including a huge breakfast buffet
Single room (en suite): EUR 65 /night
Double room (en suite): EUR 40/night/person

The room price includes free WLAN and an extensive "fitness-relax-sports-fun" package. In Frankfurt these prices for this quality of hotel are snap. This is banking & stockmarket capital of Germany, and trade fairs raise hotel prices so high that your eyes water. Book early to get a room.

Please book the rooms yourself directly with the hotel. If you do not speak German, we will make the booking for you. For German speakers - just send an email to the hotel as our prices are not on the hotel website! The prices are only guaranteed until 01.Sep.2019, so book before then.

relaxa hotel Frankfurt/Main, Herr Holstein
Lurgiallee 2, 60439 Frankfurt
Telephone: +49 69 95778 0
Telefax: +49 69 95778 878
E-mail: [email protected]
Code: IrishSetDance

You can find more information on the hotel at

Eating Out

We can't organise anything ourselves where we actually dance, but here are some tips.


Here are the various restaurants and delivery services close by:
Please check the opening times just prior to the weekend as they may change.


On Saturday we can organise the following for you:

Lunch: The relaxa-Hotel offers a buffet for EUR 18.50. You just pay for the food and drinks yourself at the hotel.

Dinner: The evening buffet in the relaxation-Hotel has wide variety of salads, cold and warm appetisers, a number of main courses and deserts. At our last weekend, there was very positive feedback about the buffet. We do need to get a firm booking from at least 25 people for the hotel to put on the buffet. It costs EUR 25 a person, drinks extra. Payment is directly after the meal to the hotel.

IMPORTANT: Please book the buffet meals latest by Tuesday 15.Oct.2019. The hotel was quite clear about needing advance bookings. You can put your buffet bookings on the registration form or send them separately to [email protected]


Neither the Haus der Baugewrkschaft nor the organisers are responsible any form of damage or injury to a person or property. Every weekend participant is personally responsible for any accidents they cause and any propert they loose.

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