"Dancing in Killarney" Killarney by wise23girl

Killarney Travel Guide: 280 reviews and 628 photos

Dancing at the Glen Eagle Hotel

We have been to Killarney a number of times in the last few years ,five of them to join in with the Gleneagle ballroom dancing week.(2011) .The hotel has a number of special "get aways" usually twice a year in the "shoulder period" so you get a really good price.

We were told about the Ballroom Dancing by an Irish friend who lives here in Australia and has been going to Killarney for this particular event for many years. Our Australian contingent has become quite famous and we were even on national TV.

Every day there are ballroom dancing lessons from beginner to advanced all included in the price. At night there is dancing and one night is a real gala event with all the dancers dressed up in black ties and glamorous gowns.By the way there is live music...stuff that makes you want to dance.

There is no sequence dancing so anyone can get up and just do a "cuddle" dance as well.

We have marvellous dancing teachers...George and Kay Devlin from Bray. They lend both class and excitement to the event.

This year David (Wisedancer) was Mr Quickstep, winning the event with friend Lyn(Bridget21). Where was I? Well I had my moment of glory demonstrating tango with a competition dancer a couple of days later.

Do you see who is also there? Go to top of the class if you have spied the VAs

In 2011 AussieBarney was there for the first time...wanted to learn to waltz.

Getting There

The first year we hired a people mover and travelled across country from Dublin. Since then we have travelled by train from Dublin to Killarney. You leave from Heuston station and change at Mallow.
The train is often quite full and next time we are going to book first class if the money holds out .
The hotel bus awaits our arrival to transport us to the hotel.And there are taxis.

Of course Shannon airport and hire cars are not far away.

Other things to do

There are lots of things to do. First there are the jaunting car rides. I love the clip clop of the horses hooves as they go by.You will always find them waiting for you on the edge of town.
The Ring of Kerry is well worth your time...just pick a fine day to enjoy the views.Arrange your tour at the Gleneagle.

Pop into town and you will find quaint shops and good Irish fare.

You can always while away the time sipping an Irish coffee.

We enjoy walking into town, meeting the locals . There are many tours available

Look here for County Kerry

And for Dublin Fair City just click

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:You can see Ireland at its best
  • Cons:The winter weather I am told is very bitter.
  • In a nutshell:This is Ireland
  • Last visit to Killarney: Nov 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2012
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