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Set by Pádraig & Róisín McEneany. Reproduced with permission.
“We composed this set for the dancers in our class in O’Shea’s Merchant Pub on Bridge Street in Dublin. We would like to dedicate the set to our dancers and to Ned O’Shea who has been a wonderful friend to us over the years. The feature of the set is that each couple will dance in first top’s position.
Suggestions are given for music which you may already have to dance the figures.”
See the Videos section for demonstrations by the Mc Eneany’s and a set called by Pat Murphy.

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Full dance called by Pat Murphy with instructions before each figure
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Merchant with music by Rise the Dust and calling by Syl Bell
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Figure 1: Cross over

Reel, 120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

Description: Music for the Caledonian figure 1 and Clare Plain figure 2 is suitable for this figure.
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1Everyone
Circle advance and retire twice All take hands in a circle, advance and retire twice.
8
2Swing In waltz hold8
31st Tops
House House on the inside.
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4Everyone
Advance and retire, cross over Everyone in waltz hold, tops turn left and sides turn right. All advance and retire once, then ladies cross right shoulder and gents cross left shoulder.
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5Swing In waltz hold8
62nd Couple
House inside House on the inside from first tops position.
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7Everyone
Advance and retire, cross over New leading couple turn right and sides turn left. All advance and retire once, then ladies cross right shoulder and gents cross left shoulder.
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8Swing In waltz hold8
9Repeat 3 to 8: With third and fourth couples housing on the inside from first tops position.48
10House8

Figure 2: The square

Reel, 184 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

Description: Music for the Caledonian figure 3 and Clare Plain figure 6 is suitable for this figure.
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1Everyone
Circle advance and retire twice All take hands in a circle, advance and retire twice.
8
2Swing In waltz hold.8
31st Tops
House House on the inside.
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4Dance the square First couple take right hand in right, dance forward, face their partner (2b), gent pulls the lady’s hand and turns the lady counter-clockwise, both change places to face out (2b), dance forward again (2b), gent turns the lady CCW as before and they change places to face in (2b).8
5Tops
Swing in four Swing in four, with hands around the waist, after six bars tops break to the right into lines in sides’ position. While tops are swinging sides take a step to their right and after the swing tops break to the right of sides to form two lines.
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6Everyone
Advance and retire and circle right All advance and retire, advance again and take hands in a circle and everyone retires moving one place to the right.
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7Swing In waltz hold.8
8Repeat 3 to 7: With second, third and fourth couple housing on the inside from first top’s position120
9House8

Figure 3: The Star

Reel, 120 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

Description: Music for the Caledonian figure 1 and Clare Plain figure 2 is suitable for this figure.
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1Everyone
Circle advance and retire twice All take hands in a circle, advance and retire twice.
8
2Swing In waltz hold.8
31st Tops
House House on the inside.
8
4Gents
Gents star left and ladies dance to the left All face their partners, gents put left hands in and dance around 1 ¼ ways to the position on the right. Ladies all face to the left, they dance two bars in place and then dance around on the outside ¾ of the way to meet their own partners.
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5Everyone
Swing In waltz hold.
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6Sides
Dance 3 to 5: Second, third and fourth couples housing on the inside from first top’s position.
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7Everyone
House
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Figure 4: Sevens

Hornpipe, 136 Bars + 8 bar lead-in

Description: Music for the Port Fairy figure 2 is suitable for this figure.
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1Everyone
Circle advance and retire twice All take hands in a circle, advance and retire twice.
8
2Swing In waltz hold.8
31st Tops
House House on the inside.
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4Turn the lady First tops take right hand in right, gents turns the lady four times clockwise in front of him as they move around counter-clockwise on the inside of the set.8
5Everyone
Sevens and dance around All couples take waltz hold, tops turn left, sides turn right. All dance seven forward and seven back then dance around in waltz turning twice to change places.
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6Repeat 3 to 5: With second, third and fourth couples housing on the inside from first top’s position. When the second and fourth couples are dancing the new tops will turn right for the sevens.  (Couples that start as sides always face right and progress CCW around the set. Those starting as tops face left, even in side positions, and progress CW around the set.)72
7Circle advance and retire twice All take hands in a circle, advance and retire twice.8
8Swing In waltz hold.8
9House8

Added on 2014-01-28 19:38:05.
Modified on 2016-11-06 12:33:46.
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