Your Top 5 Sets for 2016

Thank-you everyone for your 669 votes over a 2 week period…and the winners are:

RANK SET NAME
VOTES
1 Merchant 52
2 Ballyvourney Jig 47
3 Clare Lancers 44
4 Connemara  (aka Connemara Reel ) 34
5 Clare Plain (Reel) 33
6 Cashel 26
7 Caledonian 22
8 West Kerry 20
9= Antrim Square 18
9= Aran 18
9= Claddagh 18
9= Moycullen 18
10= Borlin 14
10= Clare Orange and Green 14
10= Corofin Plain 14
10= Kilfenora Plain 14
11 Croisloch 13
12= Caragh Lake Jig 12
12= Paris 12
12= Sliabh Luachra (aka North Cork Polka ) 12
13= Labasheeda 11
13= Metal Bridge 11
14= Newport 10
14= Rinkinstown 10
15 Camp 8
16 North Kerry 7
17= Black Valley Square Jig 6
17= Boyne 6
17= Connemara Jig (aka Freres Nantes) 6
17= Derrada 6
17= Hurry the Jug 6
17= South Sligo Lancers 6
18= Auban 5
18= Ballycommon 5
18= Sliabh gCua 5
19= Armagh 4
19= Corballa 4
19= Kildownet Half 4
19= South Galway Reel(aka South Galway Half & South Galway Half ) 4
19= South Kerry 4
20= Ballyduff 3
20= Borlin Jenny 3
20= Clare Plain Polka 3
20= Dublin 3
20= Glencree 3
20= Mazurka 3
20= Melleray Lancers 3
20= Roscommon Lancers 3
20= Sliabh Fraoch 3

Great to see the new Merchant set has done so well, moving from 10th place in 2015 to 1st place this year- see 2015 results here. Dancers are clearly open to dancing new sets – as long as they fit the bill!

Padraig McEneanyIt’s also great tribute to Padraig McEneany, the choreographer of the Merchant set. Padraig also happens to have been my teacher when I was living in Dublin all those years ago, when the classes were held in Wanderers Rugby Club in Ballsbridge, before moving to the Merchant pub on the Quays.

He and his wife Róisín are an example to us all – calm, organised, knowledgable, warm – and incredibly reliable. They sail through teaching classes with barely a wobble, instilling confidence and all the very important basics of set dancing – steps, timing, rhythm and fun. They are much in demand for their teaching skills and make firm friends with people wherever they go – Italy, USA, maybe Australia one day soon?

Here’s to great sets and happy dancing!

Nora Stewart
www.Easy Irish Dance.com
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One thought on “Your Top 5 Sets for 2016

  1. Nora you are so right Padraig McEneany and Roisin are very popular and this is like an OSCAR tribute for them imagine a set created in this day and age and so liked. As you say they are very well respected in the USA too.This set is danced at all classes and ceilis.

    Nora (Boston)

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