St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate  St. Patrick's Day or the wearin' of the green any day with Scottish Country Dances with an eye towards Ireland!

 
Get your kilt on!  Get your Celt on!  
Saint Patrick's Day Theme Dances
"St. Patrick's Jig"
"Irish Maid"
"Four Leaf Clover"
"Saint Patrick's Day"
"Irish Rover"
"Bailey's Irish Cream"
"The Glens of Antrim"
"Shamrock Girl"
"Romance in Ireland"

Selected Dances

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Bailey's Irish Cream

St. Patrick's Season

Irish Coffee (coffee, cream, sugar, and spirits) became popular in the 19th century coffee houses. Today, Bailey's Irish Cream, introduced in 1974, can provide you with all of these components (with the addition of chocolate, vanilla, and burnt sugar)! Interestingly, the term ‘Scotch Coffee’ historically has nothing to do with either whisky or coffee! Scotch Coffee was drunk in times of hardship when supplies of coffee had run out. It consisted of hot water, milk, sugar and a handful of burnt breadcrumbs. This hardscrabble concoction was “popular” from the time coffee was first introduced into the UK, the name derived from the alleged tight-fistedness of the Scots. Who knew? Sláinte! ☘️ 🇮🇪 ☕

St Patrick's Day Jig

St. Patrick's Day

The jig is a folk dance form that became popular in Scotland and northern England in the 16th century and in Ireland in the 18th century. Jigs began as a generally improvised dance form performed with rapid footwork while keeping the torso rigid. At the court of Elizabeth I, the Northern jigs were fashionable and appeared as stage dances in compositions by William Byrd, John Bull, and Giles Farnaby. The jig soon spread to France and, in modified form as the gigue, became the new trend at the court of Louis XIV! The modern term "jig" is believed to be derived from the French giguer, meaning ‘to jump’ or the Italian giga whereas the use of “jig” in Irish dance derives from the Irish jigeánnai, itself borrowed from the Old English giga meaning ‘old dance’. Today, the jig dance and musical form is most associated with Irish dance music, Scottish Country Dance and the Métis people in Canada. Originally in duple compound meter (12/8 time), jigs have been adapted to a variety of time signatures, and are often classified into groups, including light jigs, slip jigs, single jigs, double jigs, and treble jigs! Jiggedy-jiggedy carrots and cabbages! ☘️ 🇮🇪

The Shamrock Girl

St. Patrick's Day

Shamrocks are everywhere during this season, even in your pint of Guinness! The St Patrick's Day custom of "drowning the shamrock" or "wetting the shamrock" is still popular, especially in Ireland. A shamrock is put into the bottom of a cup, filled with whiskey, beer, or cider, then drunk as a toast to St Patrick, Ireland, and those present. The shamrock may either be swallowed with the drink or taken out and tossed over the shoulder for good luck.

Luck of the Irish Dance Index

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Dance
Type
Couples
Devisor
Source
Link Note
4-Leaf Clover
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Maggie and Duncan Keppie
Gaelic College SCD Book 1: The Sixpenny Reel
An Irish Maid
Strathspey
3C
Douglas J Dean
Rodney Rooms Book 1
Coming Soon
Bailey's Irish Cream
Reel
3C/4C
Barry Skelton
Stepping Stones
Bells of Ireland
Strathspey
4C
Bradley
Culzean Castle
Coming Soon
Brian Boru
Reel
3C/4C
Ways
Bicentennial 2
Coming Soon
Crocks of Gold
Strathspey
3C/4C
Mitchell
Ama'Borders
Coming Soon
Emerald Isle Jig
Jig
3C
Douglas
Children
Coming Soon
Four Leaf Clover
Reel
4C
Bulmer
Coming Soon
Four Leaf Clover
Reel
3C/4C
Mitchell
Whetherly 16
Four Leaf Clover
Jig
3C/4C
Boyd
A Shortcut to Happiness
Four Leaf Clover
Reel
3C/4C
Hay
20 SCD 4
Glens of Antrim
Strathspey
3C/4C
Smith
Belfast Book
Irish Drover
Strathspey
3C/4C
Maggie and Duncan Keppie
Haliburton School Of Arts SCD Book 1: Tenth Anniversary Book
Irish Girls
Jig
3C/4C
Mungall
8 x 32
Coming Soon
Irish Jig
Hornpipe
1
Coming Soon
Irish Romance
Strathspey
3C/4C
Gilliam
Coming Soon
Irish Rover
Reel
3C/4C
James B. Cosh
22 SCDs
Irish in the Rain
Reel
3C/4C
Turner
Coming Soon
Kilkenny Castle
Strathspey
3C/4C
Forbes
Craigievar Bk 2
Mulligan Stew
Reel
3C/4C
Saint Armand
Let's All Dance 2
Coming Soon
O'Carolan's Receipt
Strathspey
2C
Mitchell
Whetherly 19
Coming Soon
Old Ireland
Jig
3C/4C
MItchell
Whetherly 7
Coming Soon
Romance In Ireland
Strathspey
3C/4C
S Barthel
null
Saint Patrick's Day
Jig
2C/4C
RSCDS Book 3
Shamrock Girl
Strathspey
4C
Roy Goldring
12 More Social Dancers
Shamrock Shores
Reel
3C/4C
Goldring
12 More
Coming Soon
St. Patrick's Jig
Jig
3C/4C
James B. Cosh
22 SCDs + 1
The Blarney Stone
Reel
4C
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video
The Drumlins of Down
Jig
3C/4C
Smith
Belfast Book
The Four-Leaved Clover
Jig
Adams
Coming Soon
The Irish Bride
Strathspey
3C/4C
Mungall
8 x 32
Coming Soon
The Irish Bride
Jig
3C
Troivaux
null
The Irish Influence
Jig
3C/4C
Coming Soon
The Irish Rover
Reel
3C/4C
Cosh
22 SCD
Coming Soon
The Irish Stew
Reel
5C
Oppedijk
Coming Soon
The Irish Touch
Reel
4C
Harris
Dancing Thistles
Coming Soon
The Leprechaun
Jig
3C/4C
Boyd
All Kinds of Everything

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