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This set was written by John and Sheila McEvoy and their friend Mairéad Devane. John and Sheila live in Rinkinstown, County Louth.
Notes by Pat Murphy, reproduced with permission.

The “Duck” movement is easier to lead off if the couple opposite the leading couple turn back to back. Ducks led by ladies are danced clockwise,
ducks led by gents are danced anticlockwise. Second top lady and second side lady never lead ducks.

Additional notes:

The idea came one late night in Drumshanbo and there and then, the first part was written on a scrap of paper. However, like a lot of good ideas that come late in the evening, by morning, inspiration had nearly vanished. We persisted and nearly two years later to coincide with the 10th annual set-dancing weekend in 2012 in Án Grianán it was completed. Most sets are named after their place of origin and the Rinkinstown set is named after a local townland near Termonfeckin, Co Louth.
The set was devised by Mairéad Devane, John & Sheila McEvoy and tested with the help of local set dancers. It is comprised of 4 Figures - 3 Reels, 1 Hornpipe.
Various movements such as the ducks originated from noteworthy landmarks in the locality.
Launched in The Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, Co Louth 23 August 2012
Additional notes from http://www.setdancing.de/sets/rinkinstownset.pdf

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Figure 1: Figure 1

Reel, 160 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Advance and retire, house to opposite In waltz hold, all couples advance and retire once, then house to opposite positions.
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2Advance and retire, house home In waltz hold, all couples advance and retire once, then house back to their own positions.8
3Swing All couples swing in waltz hold.8
4Tops
Do-se-do and turn Top couples face the centre. They pass through, each gent or lady dancing forward right shoulder to right to pass back to back with the opposite person, then reverse left shoulder to left, face their own partners taking right hand in right and turn once clockwise around their own partner into their own places.
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5 Holding right hands as they start, then releasing them quickly, each top gent dances across on the left followed by his partner. They dance three quarter way around in a clockwise circle (4b), then form a circle of four with hands around the waist and swing one full turn to finish back in their own places (4b).8
6Ladies Chain & lead halfway Top ladies chain with right hands in the centre, turn with left hands low around the opposite gent (4b), then lead the opposite gent across anti-clockwise to their own side, so that top gents finish in opposite positions (4b).8
7Everyone
Swing All couples swing in place, tops swinging the opposite gent or lady and sides swinging their own partners.
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8Sides
Dance 4 to 6
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9Everyone
Swing All swing the opposite lady or gent, ladies in their own positions and gents in opposite positions.
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10Repeat movements 4 to 9
So that everyone is back swinging their own partner in their own place.
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11House All couples house to finish.8

Figure 2: Figure 2

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1Everyone
Advance and retire, house to opposite In waltz hold, all couples advance and retire once, then house to opposite positions.
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2Advance and retire, house home In waltz hold, all couples advance and retire once, then house back to their own positions.8
3Swing All couples swing in waltz hold.8
4Tops
Ladies Chain & lead halfway Top ladies chain with right hands in the centre and turn with left hand in left around the opposite gent (4b). They then lead the gent across anticlockwise to their own side. The lady is now back in her own place and gents are in opposite positions (4b).
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5Ladies Chain & lead home Top ladies chain with right hands in the centre and turn with left hand in left around their own partners at the opposite side (4 bars). They then lead their partners across anticlockwise to their own side. All are now back in their own positions (4b).8
6Swing Top couples swing in place.8
7Sides
Dance 4 to 6
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81st top gent
Dance around First top gent and second top lady dance one full clockwise turn around each other in the centre, starting right shoulder to right and facing each other all the time.
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9Swing First top gent and second top lady swing in the centre.8
10Tops
Advance & retire, ladies lead over Top couples advance and retire, right hand in right, then the lady leads the gent across anti-clockwise to the opposite side.
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112nd top gent
Flirtation Second top gent and first top lady dance one full clockwise turn around each other in the centre, starting right shoulder to right and facing each other all the time.
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12Swing Second top gent and first top lady swing in the centre.8
13Tops
Advance & retire, ladies lead home Top couples advance and retire, right hand in right, then the lady leads the gent back anticlockwise to their own side.
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14Everyone
Swing All four couples swing in place.
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15Sides
Dance 8 to 13: First sides are on the left.
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16Everyone
Swing All four couples swing in place.
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17House All house to finish the figure.8

Figure 3: Figure 3

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1Everyone
Advance and retire twice Taking hands in a circle, all advance and retire twice.
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2Swing All couples swing in place.8
3Tops
Square Top couples square. They pass through to opposite positions with ladies passing between the opposite couple (2b), face their partners at the other side and pass by, gents on the inside (2b), then repeat the movements as they dance back to their own positions. As tops dance into their own positions, side couples face their own partners and reverse away to line up in top positions, four facing four.
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4Everyone
Advance and retire twice The lines of four advance and retire twice.
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51st Tops
Ducks The lines break into two facing pairs, each top gent beside the nearest side lady and each top lady beside the nearest side gent. Then each new pair or couple dance the ‘ducks” with the opposite pair. To begin the ducks, top gent and top lady dance forward while opposite top gent and lady stand back to back, facing away from each other. The four dancers on the left of first top position dance a full anticlockwise circle-around in single file in the groups of four while the four dancers on the right of first top position dance a full clock wise circle around in single file in the groups of four to finish back where they started in the top line up, then each group of”ducks’ form a circle of four, arms around each others backs.
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6Everyone
Swing and take the lady The two groups swing in four (6b), then break away, side couples back to their own places and top gents back to their own places bring the opposite top lady with them (2).
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7Sides
Square Side couples dance the square as in 3 and top couples face their new partners and reverse away, to form two lines of four in side positions.
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8Everyone
Advance and retire twice The lines of four advance and retire twice.
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91st Sides
Ducks First side couple are on the left. The lines break into two facing pairs, each side gent beside the nearest top lady and each side lady beside the nearest top gent. Then each new pair or couple dance the “ducks” with the opposite pair. To begin the ducks, first side gent and first side lady dance forward while opposite side gent and opposite side lady stand back to back, facing away from each other. The four dancers on the left of first side position dance a full anticlockwise circle around in single file in the groups of four while the four dancers on the right of first side position dance a full clockwise circle around in single file in the groups of four to finish back where they started in the side line up, then each group of”ducks” form a circle of four, arms around each others backs.
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10Everyone
Swing in four The two groups swing in four (6 bars), then break away, top gents back to their own places still with the opposite top lady and side gents back to their own places bringing the opposite side lady with them (2b). All ladies are now in opposite positions with the opposite gent.
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11Tops
Square Top couples dance the square as in 3 again and side couples face their new partners and reverse away, to form two lines of four in top positions.
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12Everyone
Advance and retire twice The lines of four advance and retire twice.
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132nd Tops
Ducks The lines break into two facing pairs, each top gent beside the nearest side lady and each top lady beside the nearest side gent. Then each new pair or couple dance the “ducks” with the opposite pair. To begin the ducks, second top gent and second top lady dance forward while first top gent and first top lady stand back to back, facing away from each other. The four dancers on the left of second top position dance a full anticlockwise circle around in single file in the groups of four while the four dancers on the right of second top position dance a full clockwise circle around in single file in the groups of four to finish back where they started in the top line up, then each group of “ducks” form a circle of four, placing arms around each others backs.
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14Everyone
Swing in four The two groups swing in four (6b), then break away, side gents back to their own places still with opposite side lady and top gents back to their own places bringing their own partners with them (2b).
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15Sides
Square Side couples dance the square as in 3 again and top couples face their partners and reverse away, to form two lines of four in side positions.
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16Everyone
Advance and retire twice The lines of four advance and retire twice.
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172nd Sides
Ducks Second side couple are on the right. The lines break into two facing pairs, each side gent beside the nearest top lady and each side lady beside the nearest top gent. Then each new pair or couple dance the “ducks” with the opposite pair. To begin the ducks, second side gent and second side lady dance forward while first side gent and first side lady stand back to back, facing away from each other. The four dancers on the left of second side position dance a full anticlockwise circle around in single file in the groups of four while the four dancers on the right of second side position dance a full clockwise circle around in single file in the groups of four to finish back where they started from the side line up, then each group of ‘ducks” form a circle of four, arms around each others backs.
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18Everyone
Swing in four The two groups swing in four (6b), then break away, all back to their own places with their own partners (2b).
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19Advance and retire twice Taking hands in a circle, all advance and retire twice.8
20House All couples house to finish the figure.8

Figure 4: Figure 4

Hornpipe, 104 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

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1Everyone
Lead around Gents place their right arm over the lady’s shoulder, taking right hand in right as they stand in the lead around position, facing anticlockwise. All couples lead around and during the last two bars, ladies turn clockwise as the gent’s arm comes back off their shoulder to face into the centre, all releasing hands.
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2Move on and lead half way All advance to the centre, gents taking right hand in right with the lady on their left, then as the gents retire, each lady moves to the right on the inside, keeping her back to the gent, to finish with his right arm over her shoulder in lead around position again (4b). All now lead to opposite positions, ladies turning clockwise as the gent’s arm comes back off their shoulder to face into the centre, all releasing hands. (4b).8
3Repeat Repeat 2 three times, ladies moving on until they lead back home with their own partners.24
4House All couples house around.8
5Cloverleaf Top couples face left and side couples face right, all taking right hand in right. All advance and retire once (4b), then ladies chain with right hands to change places, top ladies moving to the left and side ladies moving to the right. All ladies give their left hand to the other gent and dance around him into place beside him as gents turn to face the other side. Top ladies dance a full turn around the side gent while side ladies dance a half turn around the top gent (4b). After the gent turns left hand in left with the lady, he takes her right to face the next couple, on his other side.8
6Repeat cloverleaf to home Repeat 5 three times, top ladies moving left dancing a full turn with the gent while side ladies move right dancing a half turn with the gent as they move on each time.24
7Sevens halfway round Back with their own partners, all couples dance “sevens” to the centre and back (4b), then “sevens” to the next position on the right, a quarter turn clockwise and “sevens into opposite positions (4b). This is like dancing a half diamond “sevens” to opposite positions.8
8Repeat to home Repeat 7, dancing back home.8
9House All house to finish.8

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