December 02, 2012

Results are Posted on Feisworx

The final results from the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas are available online at Feisworx.

Oireachtas 2013 is in Washington, D.C., at National Harbor from December 6 to 8.  Hotel reservations will likely open in the early part of next year.


December 01, 2012

Recalls for Teams

Please see our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the recalls for team competitions. Teams on the recall list should attend the awards ceremony tonight.



Day Two of the Southern Region Oireachtas

We'll be getting underway soon with day two of the Southern Region Oireachtas.  Today our senior solo dancers and our teams take to the stage.

The solo competitions and numbers of competitors are:

  • Ladies Over 20 - 83
  • Ladies Under 20 - 23
  • Ladies Under 19 - 33
  • Ladies Under 18 - 49
  • Men Over 20 - 8
  • Men Under 20 - 10
  • Men Under 18 - 6

We'll post the figures competitions number a bit later this morning once we get through the craziness of an 8 a.m. start!

November 30, 2012

Day One, Full Results

Congratulations to all of our winners, World qualifiers, Nationals qualifiers, recalled dancers and competitors on a great day one of the Southern Region Oireachtas.  Full results from Feisworx are available online:

Traditional Set Results

For the first time, the Southern Region offered traditional set competitions for non-solo championship dancers.  We are thrilled that so many dancers participated... and here are your results.

The first place winners were: 

  • Under 8 - Erin Mayn, Culkin School
  • Under 10 - Shannon Dempsey, Culkin School
  • Under 12 - Katie Durbin, Culkin School
  • Under 14 - Brittany Barnes, Watters School
  • Under 16 - Rosemary McGrady, Kristin Butke School
  • 16 & Over - Frances Giessen, McCafferty School  

Full results for the competition are available through the link below:

Welcome to Day One of the Southern Region Oireachtas

The first day of the Southern Region Oireachtas gets underway today with our youngest dancers and our new traditional set competitions. 

On the main stages, Boys and Girls Under 8, Under 9, Under 10, Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13 compete.  On the traditional set stage, competitions will be held in the Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and 16 & Over categories.

Registered Dancers:

  • Girls Under 8 - 47
  • Girls Under 9 - 68
  • Girls Under 10 - 89
  • Girls Under 11 - 81
  • Girls Under 12 - 115
  • Girls Under 13 - 115
  • Boys Under 8 - 6
  • Boys Under 9 - 8
  • Boys Under 10 - 8
  • Boys Under 11 - 10
  • Boys Under 12 - 8
  • Boys Under 13  - 8
  • Traditional Set Under 8 - 32
  • Traditional Set Under 10 - 63
  • Traditional Set Under 12 - 55
  • Traditional Set Under 14 - 26
  • Traditional Set Under 16 - 9
  • Traditional Set 16 & Over - 11
Best wishes to all of our dancers, teachers, adjudicators, SRO staff, volunteers and families today and throughout the weekend.

November 28, 2012

Update on Parking Rates for Oireachtas Attendees

We have been advised that the discounted rate for overnight parking at the Marriott will be extended to our Oireachtas attendees AND visitors.  Attendees staying at the Sheraton will be able to park at the Marriott and request the Irish dance rate.

Visitors to the Oireachtas not staying *should* receive a discounted rate, however please be advised that there is not free parking available at the hotel. Additional information will be posted if it becomes available.

November 27, 2012

"New Orleans is first-time host for qualifying event for World Irish Dance Championship"

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans' newspaper, featured an article on the Southern Region Oireachtas on November 26: 

By Melinda Morris, | The Times-Picayune

For the first time, the Southern Region Oireachtas, a qualifying event for the World Irish Dance Championship competition, is being held in New Orleans, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the Marriott, 555 Canal St. Attendance is free and open to the public, and evening festivities on Nov. 30 will feature a performance by the 610 Stompers.

Follow this link to read the full article on

November 26, 2012

Parking at the New Orleans Marriott

The SRO 2012 Committee has made arrangements with the Marriott New Orleans to secure a discounted overnight parking rate of $19.95 per night. Attendees are requested to notify the valet  they are with the Irish Dance group/competition when they arrive to receive the rate.

November 24, 2012

2nd Time Around - Dress Sale Service

Michelle Painter-Larsen, a TCRG from the Western Region, is bringing her dress-minding service to our Oireachtas to assist those trying to resell and buy costumes. The dresses will be held in a section of the Vendor Village area and supervised. There is a $25 fee for leaving your dress from Thursday until Sunday. As an alternative to the fee, you may schedule and work a four-hour shift in the shop with Michelle and hang your dress for the weekend without a fee. To volunteer, contact Michelle as soon as possible:

Dresses may not be sold in the hotel otherwise. There will be no other area for hanging dresses. The Southern Region asks that you do not attempt to display a dress for sale outside of 2nd Time Around. This service has been engaged to protect your dress and to provide a convenient area for to shop for dresses. It has been used successfully in other regions.

November 20, 2012

***UPDATED*** 2012 Oireachtas Schedule

Please follow the link below for a PDF version of the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas schedule.

October 21, 2012

Food Vouchers at the Sheraton Hotel

A reminder to attendees staying at the Sheraton:

If you are staying at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street for our Oireachtas, you will receive your $10.00 per night per room food voucher, when you check in. You will receive an envelope that contains the vouchers. There will be additional New Orleans type material in there as well.

The vouchers are good for any Food and Beverage establishment located in the Sheraton Hotel, including Starbucks. There will be no change given when using the vouchers: if you only spend a few dollars for a soda and chips, say $4.00, you will not get back $6.00.

Please make sure you get your vouchers when you check in .

October 17, 2012

Oireachtas Vendors

The following vendors have confirmed that they they will be at the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas:

September 27, 2012

Second Official Hotel - Sheraton New Orleans

The hotel block at the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street has filled. 

The IDTANA-Southern Region has contracted with the Sheraton New Orleans for a block of rooms for Oireachtas attendees.  The Sheraton is located at 500 Canal Street, across the the Marriott hotel where competitions will be held.

The Sheraton block is available for $140 per night.  A $10 per room, per night, food voucher will be provided to those within the block. 

Reservations for the Sheraton may be made online at or by calling toll fee 1-888-627-7033 until November 1.

September 16, 2012

Schedule Note: Traditional Sets

The traditional set competitions, which are scheduled for Friday, November 30, will be run from the youngest age groups to the oldest.

August 06, 2012

2012 Oireachtas Syllabus and Competition Information Available

The syllabus for the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas has been posted on our Competition Information page and is also available for download on Feisworx.  A reminder that only registered teachers may compete registrations for the SRO.

The syllabus includes information on the following:

  • Adjudicators (Page 2)
  • Entry Fees (Page 2)
  • Solo Championships required dances (Page 9)
  • Ceili Championships age groups (Page 10)
  • Traditional Set Competitions (for non-Oireachtas Solo dancers) (Page 11)
  • Program Advertising (Page 12)
  • Award Sponsorship (Page 13)

The syllabus, program advertising forms and award sponsorship information are also available on our Downloads page

The adjudicators selected for the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas include:

  • Barbara Blakely, Alberta
  • Maire Dixon, Ireland
  • Liam Harney, Massachusetts
  • Stephen McAteer, Kuwait
  • Kathleen Keady, New York
  • Kevin McCormack, Ireland
  • Rita O'Shea, Massachusetts
  • James McCutcheon, Scotland
  • Karen Petri, New York
  • Bertie Roddy, England
  • Ellen Riordan, New York
  • Mona Roddy, Ireland
  • Mary Lou Schade, New York
  • Sharon Taylor, Scotland
  • Julie Showalter, Illinois

August 04, 2012

Update on Preliminary Schedule

The syllabus for the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas will be posted soon, but the following competition schedule can be confirmed:

  • Friday: Girls & Boys Solos U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13. Traditional Set Competitions.
  • Saturday: Ladies & Mens Solos U18, U19, U20, 20 & over. All teams.
  • Sunday: Girls & Boys Solos U14, U15, U16, U17 
The syllabus will be posted to Feisworx and to this site in the coming days.

July 14, 2012

Update on Hotel Reservations

The Marriott New Orleans will be adding availability for the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas room block. See the post below for a direct link to book your rooms.

March 12, 2012

Planning Schedule for SRO 2012

The tentative schedule for the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas will be similar to last year in terms of the days age groups compete.

  • Friday, November 30, Boys and Girls: Under 8, Under 9, Under 10, Under 11, Under 12, Under 13
  • Saturday, December 1, Men and Ladies: Under 18, Under 19, Under 20, 20 & over
  • Sunday, December 2, Boys and Girls: Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, Under 17

Team competitions will be held on Saturday, December 1. Depending on the schedule, some smaller team competitions may be moved to Friday, but they would be consistent with those age groups already competing that day (Under 9, Under 12). This is NOT a final decision, but is being provided for planning purposes and will depend on a number of factors including number of registered dancers in these age groups.

March 10, 2012

Reservation Requests for SRO 2012

Room reservation requests for the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas will open at 12:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

To book a room at the Marriott New Orleans via the internet, please follow the link below. Per the Marriott website, all reservations requests will require a credit card guarantee, and a one night non-refundable deposit at the time of the reservation.

A tentative schedule for the Oireachtas will be released when it becomes available. 

March 08, 2012

2012 SRO Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations for the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas, to be held in New Orleans at the Marriott Hotel  on Canal Street, will open for bookings on March 11, 2012.

There is no reservation code needed, however all competitors and their family may use a direct reservation website to book their rooms.  The website link will be posted on this website on March 11, 2012.

Rooms at the New Orleans Marriott will be $130 per night for attendees of the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas. The event rate will run from Wednesday, November 28 through Monday, December 3.

March 04, 2012

Reservations for SRO 2012 to open this week

Reservations for the room block at the Marriott New Orleans will open later this week and the booking codes will be available here on the SRO 2012 website. Please stay tuned for updates.

February 12, 2012

Welcome to the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas Website

Information on the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas in New Orleans, Louisiana will be posted here as it becomes available. For the latest updates, be sure to check this website, follow us on Twitter or visit our Facebook event page.

Room rate information is available on the Venue page and information regarding reservations will be posted when it becomes available. 



About This Site

This is the official site of the 2012 Southern Region Oireachtas, featuring information on the competition and other updates.

November 30 - December 2
New Orleans, LA


To contact the webmaster, please send an email to

idtanasrweb ~at~ (replace the ~at~ with @)

Please note: The webmaster can only answer questions about this website, not general information about the 2012 SRO. Information about the competition will be posted to this website as it becomes available.

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