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Céili dancing came into prominence early in the 20th century and appears to have reached the height of its popularity in the 1930s-70s, after which it went into decline.
During that period the 'Céili' phenomenon was widespread throughout every corner of Ireland and England and as far afield as New Zealand, Australia and America. It was very much a part of the social and cultural life of both rural and urban Ireland, but especially of the small rural communities.
In Ireland, people travelled extensively to attend a Céili.
Irish nationalism was popular and the dancing was one of the great expressions of Irishness. In the larger cities, thousands of people crowded into halls of all sizes to dance Céili dances. It was a place where they met and socialised with each other from rural backgrounds and danced the dances they were familiar with back home.
Céili has had a resurgence in recent years with many people rediscovering Céili as a great form of exercise with a wonderful social element.
This book is extremely comprehensive and includes some wonderful vintage photography from the time. If you have a love of Irish history or of Céili then this book is for you!
Due to low staffing levels, we can't not exchange an order. Instead please return it for a refund and reorder the item you need online.
Please send your return directly to our warehouse address:
14 Hallmark Trading Estate
We suggest sending the parcel on a tracked service so you have a tracking number and proof of posting. We cannot accept responsibility for any items lost in transit. You will have to contact the courier company you used to claim for a lost parcel.
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The information below is still relevant so please do take the time to read before sending any items to us.
We are happy to refund any purchase within 30 days as long as the item has not been worn or soiled (please note that this excludes show shoes and any products made to your bespoke requirements - in these instances we strongly recommend that you are confident about the sizing before ordering).
We do extend our returns period over the Christmas period to cover early purchases which then need to be exchanged or refunded.
We recommend that you test the fit of any pumps or jig shoes on carpet to avoid marking the soles. Please note that we cannot refund shoes that have been worn at a dance class unless faulty.
If you need to return an item for a refund please click here to print off a returns form to complete and return with the parcel
Please include a copy of the delivery note or invoice which came with the parcel and note on it what action you would like us to take.
The customer is responsible for the cost of return unless the item was sent out incorrectly or is faulty.
When returning incorrect or faulty items please note we will only refund return postage up to the value of the original postage paid for the order. Please, therefore, do not return items using a postage service such as an express courier service which costs more than the original outbound postage from us.
We do recommend that you send any return on a tracked delivery service as we are unable to exchange or refund until it is received by our returns department.
Top Tip: If you are in a hurry for the replacement item then we recommend that you reorder the correct item(s) from our website and then send the incorrect item back for a refund!