January 18, 2016
Irish dancing has become a global phenomenon, helped in part by the Irish diaspora.
Riverdance also played a huge role. The show burst on to the global stage at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest at the Point Theatre (now 3Arena) in Dublin.
The performance earned a standing ovation from the packed theatre of 3,000 people and launched Jean Butler and Michael Flatley as global superstars. The production is still running today and has had many spinoffs.
While the dance itself is uniquely Irish, many of the recent world champions have hailed from beyond the Emerald Isle. Though its origins are Irish the experience can be truly international.
Whether it’s the colourful dresses, the fast footwork or the high kicks an Irish dancing performance is a sight to behold.
There is nothing more uniquely Irish than our native trad music and dancing. The sounds at the ‘seisúin’ (prounced se-shoon) and the sights at the ‘ceilí’ (pronounced kay-lee) are instantly recognisable as Irish.
As the Irish people spread around the world they brought their musical and dancing traditions to new audiences. The popularity of the Irish ‘Trad’ session exploded to the point where traditional Irish musicians like The Chieftans and Enya have won Grammy awards for their uniquely Irish sounds.
O’Neill’s Bar is very proud to bring you some fine examples of both Irish music and dance. If you want to hear a raw trad seisuín without pomp or production you should find your way to O’Neill’s. We have music live music seven days a week. Our musicians are sometimes accompanied by dancers but you are more than welcome to take to the boards if the mood strikes you.