A New Take on Traditional Culture Launches in Meath

Trad Culture LogoAn Introduction to Irish Music, Dance & Culture

Exciting new classes are commencing this February in locations in Trim & Navan, Co. Meath. Trad Culture

Classes are aimed at introducing the rich culture of Ireland to children in a fun and engaging way through a series of games and exercises. Classes are for children, ages 4 and up, with no previous experience in music or dance required. The course has been developed and is taught by Mark Hennessey, a former lecturer in Visual Music at Trinity College Dublin who has also previously toured as both a musician and dancer with several international productions worldwide including Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.

Mark performing on stage in Lord of the Dance
Mark performing on stage in Lord of the Dance


Areas covered in the 10 week terms include fundamentals of music theory (including how to read sheet music), as well as a general introduction to Irish instrumentation, tunes and rhythms. The class also covers a basic introduction to Irish dancing covering basic moves and some fun ceilí dances as well as exposing them to music by some of the amazing trad musicians the country has to offer.

Mark Hennessey Michael Flatley Celtic Tiger
Mark performing on stage with Michael Flatley in Celtic Tiger

The classes is a fantastic pre-instrumental class that playfully blends together several elements of Irish music, dance and culture in a fun, and engaging manner. Classes are available in Trim GAA Club on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons  in Scoil Mhuire in Navan. For more information on schedule click here.

Trad Culture classes are a fantastic opportunity to introduce your child to several aspects of Irish culture and will give them a taste of music and dance in a fun and entertaining way. Places are strictly limited so early booking is essential. (For those budding dancers of a slightly older age, Mark also teaches Irish Dance Bootcamp classes in Navan for parents who fancy learning a few one-two-threes to get a bit of exercise for themselves in a fun and social way).

Mark standing

The Traid Cultúr programme is developed and taught by Mark Hennessey who is a multi-discipline creative, entertainer and educator. Having toured the world as both a musician and dancer with various shows including Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Mark returned to education and received a Masters in Music & Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin where he then joined the faculty as a lecturer. He has been teaching Irish dancing in the Trim and Navan area for almost 10 years where his pupils regularly perform in feiseanna (competitions), charity events and most recently performed with Riverdance in Croke Park for Pope Francis at the Celebration of Families. Mark is fully garda vetted and a registered teacher with An Coimisiun Le Rince Gaelacha. He has also previously worked as a violin teacher in the North Dublin School of music and currently lectures in Pulse College in Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin. Workshops are also available for groups and schools. Contact Mark for more information.