Rince na hЀireann is a community based Dance group based in Parap, Darwin. We aim to preserve the history and promote the future of Irish Dance, as well as the culture and music of Ireland. The Association has approximately 60 students ranging from ages 4 to over 70 who learn in a supportive environment encouraging the development of life-skills such as loyalty, discipline, leadership and being a team player.
Our school aims to preserve the history and promote the future of Irish Dance, (including traditional and contemporary dance-styles) as well as the culture and music of Ireland. To encourage and develop interest in Irish Dance through regular dance classes, dance demonstrations, specialist developmental programs and social events; to provide a supportive environment that fosters rewarding dance experiences for dancers and their families; to encourage the development of life-skills such as loyalty, commitment, discipline, leadership and working as a team-member and to do other such things which the Association agrees will further the objectives of the Association.
Romola Sebastianpillai OAM ( President )
“My family and I have been in Darwin for 42 years. From the word go I have involved myself in community activities. I joined a few volunteer groups and took the leading role in many of these organizations.
15 years ago I decided to take on a form of dancing for enjoyment. The Irish Dancing group Rince Na H’Eireann allured me as I went to a boarding school run by Irish Nuns. I enjoyed the music and the dancing of Ireland. It was natural for me to gravitate towards this group. Bridgeen Marron welcomed me with open arms. I started off as a dancer and enjoyed my Saturdays very much.
Time had come for Bridgeen to think of making this school and Association for many reasons. I was very surprised and honoured to be made the President of this newly formed Association in January 2004. There were many lovely ladies who were convinced the school would be in good hands with me and my committee at that time. I am now on my 13th year and hopefully will do so for a few more years.
We have gone from strength to strength. Our greatest asset is our dancers who join our school to dance in a friendly, happy, environment. I thank everyone one who contributed to Rince na hЀireann being the successful school happy school it is now.”
Eileen Ashley ADCRG ( Patron )
“I started Irish dancing at the age of 4 alongside my older sister under the tutelage of Janice Currie-Henderson and later Jan Watton. I quickly progressed through my grades winning my first championship at age 6,
I was placed in the top 5 both in in the NSW state and National championships every year, winning several state titles and winning the national title at the age of 18. I also competed at the world championships four times and placed 19th.
I established Rince na hЀireann in 1996, the first Irish Dancing school in the Northern Territory. Over 3 years I taught at Rince na hЀireann the school grew to 85 members, and during that time we participated in many community performances. I am very proud to Rince na hЀireann continue as a dancing school where people at all ages can come together and enjoy Irish music and dance in fun and caring environment.
I moved to Perth in 2000. Taking up competitive Irish dancing again until I established the trinity school in 2004. Since then I have had the privilege of watching my dancers compete at state and National level each year as on the world stage and North American national stage. My dancers pride in themselves on hard work and being a team player and most of all has fun.
I became an Irish adjudicator in 2016 which takes me all over the Australia. I feel privileged to be able to something I am so passionate about as my job,
When I am not teaching or adjudicating Irish dancing I work as education assistant with special needs children a most rewarding occupation.
I am truly honored to be the patron of Rince na hЀireann and look forward to my ongoing support to such a wonderful organization and working together in realizing our shared goal of bringing Irish culture to the Darwin community.”
Vice President, Irish Dancing Association WA
ADCRG – Ard Diploma Coimisiuin le Rinci Gaelacha (Gaelic: Commission Certified Irish Dance Adjudicator)
“Rince na hЀireann became an Association in 2006. In accordance with the Association Act the school is run by a Committee elected annually at the AGM. The positions are voluntary and comprise of a President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Officer and General Members. The Committee meet regularly and are responsible for the smooth running of the school including overseeing of teachers and classes, grant applications, costumes, financial records, fundraising, publicity, venue selections and ensuring we fulfill our ethos as a community based school. As a not-for-profit organisation we rely on grants and fundraising to help keep fees and costs to a minimum.”
To preserve the history and promote the future of Irish Dance, (including traditional and contemporary dance-styles) as well as the culture and music of Ireland;
(a) To encourage and develop interest in Irish Dance through regular dance classes, dance demonstration, specialist developmental programs and social events;
(b) To provide a supportive environment that fosters rewarding dance experiences for dancers and their families;
(c) To encourage the development of life-skills such as loyalty, commitment, discipline, leadership and working as a team-member;
(d) To do other such things which the Association agrees will further the objectives of the Association.