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OUR STORY

The Moffatt School of Irish Dancing and CRN.

School History

Sheila Moffatt ADCRN.


Sheila Moffatt developed her love of traditional arts  through the guidance and encouragement of her parents and grandparents. Her Grandad Danny Sheahan (RIP), from Glenbeigh in County Kerry, was a celebrated  musician, and he instilled a great love of music and dance in his granddaughter from a very young age, while her Grandad Moffatt was a champion Irish Dancer in his own day. Having danced herself in the CLRG system for many years, Sheila completed her TCRG examinations with An Comhdhail in the early 1990's. After 20 years of teaching in An Comhdhail, Sheila made the huge decision to move her school onto the Open Platform system through CRN.  The school has had and continues to have great success at solo and team events at Regional, National, International and World levels.

The school is part of Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN), which was founded in 1982 by the late great Ita Cadwell along with 11 other teachers. They believed that all teachers should be protected and that all dancers should be afforded the right to dance.

Since its formation CRN has encouraged an open platform for all dancers and provides an organisation that gives a voice to young teachers, most importantly it provides a stage where every dancer can perform in a competitive but friendly environment. CRN is governed by an Executive Committee who is elected by our members to uphold our Constitution. All our Feile and Feiseanna are run under our Rules of Competition.

Ita Cadwell had a vision of an organisation that would grow worldwide, an organisation that would promote an open platform to all dancers in the hope that this organisation, while encouraging choreography of new work, would still maintain our traditions. This is now being realised. CRN has expanded throughout Ireland and is now quite a force to be reckoned with throughout the World, with teachers and adjudicators based in England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Belgium, USA and Australia.

In 2012 Cumann Rince Náisiúnta celebrated its 30th anniversary and launched the CRN Worlds Craobhacha Oscailte na Cruinne. CRN’s very first World Championships took place in the very prestigious world renowned Wexford Opera House. This has now become an annual event at various locations throughout the country.

CRN's Major Championships events on our yearly calendar are the Irish Open Championships, the North American Open Championships and the World Open Championships. Regional Championships also take place as a qualifier for these events.

The new CRN website can be found at https://www.crn.ie/