Sarah Kenny (on right of podium): ‘I was immediately struck by the class of Irish dancers speaking in Dutch to one another and how the majority had little or no familial connection to Ireland.’

“You will hear the diddildy-di from the street.” These were my directions to my first Irish dancing class in The Hague. When I moved to Amsterdam i(...)

Minister Frances Fitzgerald: wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child beauty contests are a theft of childhood, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has told the Seanad.(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said she wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said she wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”. Ms Fitzgerald said the very (...)

Different styles of dress at An Comhbhail World Irish Dancing Championships  in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

While make-up and false eye lashes are to be banned for Irish dancers under 10, fake tan and wigs are here to stay. The Irish Dancing Commissio(...)

Dancers line out in an array of dress styles at An Comhbhail World Irish Dance Championships at City West Hotel yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was grey and bitterly cold outside the Citywest conference centre in Dublin, but the riot of colour inside offered an uplifting contrast. (...)