Classes for Children and Adults at our studio in Landstuhl and on base in Ramstein
Our Irish dance school has been operating in the area for over 15 years and offers the best in Irish dance instruction at one of Germany's leading Irish Dance schools Tír na nÓg. We always welcome new dancers so get in touch and book your free trial lesson today!
Tir na nOg, With locations in Munich and Kaiserslautern and over 250 pupils, is currently one of the largest Irish dance schools in Germany. The school was founded 20 years ago by Mary Sweeney and from its humble beginnings in an Irish pub with less than 20 members it has since grown from strength to strength as one of Europe´s most active and successful Irish dance schools. Tir na nÓg houses the Sweeney-McAvinchey competitive school which prepares students not only in Germany, but also in Poland for competitions worldwide and teachers´ exams. Some former pupils have gone on to perform on stages worldwide in touring productions.
Mary began Irish dancing at the age of 4 under Mollie Farrelly in her home town of Rathkenny, Co Meath. Mary danced at the Farrelly School all her competitive years and competed at Leinsters, All Irelands and Worlds in both solos and teams. She enjoyed much competitive success, including been part of the Farrelly School World Champion Teams.
Having studied Business Studies in Dundalk RTC she then moved to Germany in 1992 and turned her passion to teaching others and performing. She toured with various Irish groups throughout Germany dancing at festivals and cultural events.
Mary is one of the pioneers of Irish Dancing in Europe and devotes her time to promoting Irish Dance on the continent. Mary is currently Vice President at RTME and has worked on the Overseas committee at CLRG for the past 9 years and most recently completed 4 years in the Chair of this committee. Her committee has reintroduced the Overseas Award as the new Aisling Award and continues to promote Irish Dancing to new regions throughout the World.
Her students enjoy plenty of competitive success and many have medaled at World Championship level. Mary qualified as an ADCRG in 2009 and has judged at Oireactasi all over the USA, Great Britain’s, Irish Nationals , North American Nationals and All Scotlands. Mary has judged in cities from as far away as Vladivostock to Buenus Aires.
Mary is the founder of Tir na nOg over 23 years ago and the reason why the school has enjoyed so much success is down to her sheer passion and devotion to teaching others. Mary currently teaches full time in Landstuhl and Ramstein to students from all nationalitys, German, Irish , English and American military children . She makes regular trips to Munich classes.
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