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Irish Dancing in London 1880-2014

Tracing the history of Irish dance in London from the 1880s to the present day.


Product description

This book traces the history of Irish dancing in London from the 1880s to the present day.

In this detailed book, Dr John Cullinane the famous Irish dance historian describes the major role of the London Gaelic League in establishing dance classes, feisanna, and inaugerating the first Ceili over 100 years ago.

He also looks at the first qualified dancing teachers, the early success of the London dancers in Dublin as well as more recent London dancers at the World Championships.

Table Of Content


London Gaelic League

Dancing Classes and Teachers 1880-1930

London Feisanna 1902 - 1906

First Ceili - London 1897

First Publication of Figure Dances

London Dancing from 1947

Contact with Commission 1932

Nancy & Terry Bowler

Great London Council

Royal ballet School

Ted Kavanagh and pupils

Maguire O'Shea, Griffin O'Loughlin and other schools

Role of the dancing class

Some major feisanna in London

Challenges to the London dancers

Qualifying Oireachtas 1972

Recent teachers, dancers and world champions

Participation of London dancers in shows




Returns & Exchanges

UPDATE: 18th June

We are still not  processing exchanges due to reduced staffing levels.

If you would like to exchange then please send back the unwanted item for a refund and reorder the new size online.

If exchanging, we recommend that you order the new size online as soon as possible as we are currently running low on stock. Refunds are currently taking one week to process once received. If you wait for your refund to be processed before reordering, you may find the new size you want is no longer available. So please order the new item/size as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Please send any returns to the following temporary address:

A Gavigan
84 Great Bushey Drive
N20 8QL

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Please allow 7 days for your return or exchange to be processed.

Unfortunately we are unable to process any repairs, retipping or accept custom work during this period, so please do not send these items in to us as they will be held until normal service is resumed or returned to you at your cost.

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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 exchange or 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 or exchange pumps or shoes that have been worn at a dance class unless faulty.

Please note that our wigs, earrings and leotards are not returnable for hygiene reasons. Please double check the product page of the item you are returning to ensure the item is eligible for returns.

If you need to return an item please click here to print off a returns form to complete and return with the parcel

Temporary Returns address (Valid while on reduced service levels due to Cov19):

A Gavigan
84 Great Bushey Drive
N20 8QL

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.


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If you originally paid via Paypal then we will email you a payment link once we receive the return with the amount due for you to make the required payment online. Once this has been received we will process and despatch your exchange.

If the original item was sent out incorrectly or is faulty then the replacement item will be sent out postage free and the cost of returning it to us refunded to your card.

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!


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