The 2001 Australian National Irish
Dancing Championships was organised by the AIDA SA Branch, and held at
ETSA Park, Mile End, Adelaide from 2nd to 7th October 2001 inclusive.
This competition, as with all Australian National and State Titles was
only open to Australian dancers, who are registered with their affiliated
The logo chosen by the South Australian
Branch depicts Sturt's Desert Pea (clianthus formosus) which is
the floral emblem of South Australia. It is a hardy vine which travels
closely to the ground, and was named in honour of the explorer Captain
Charles Sturt. It flowers prolifically after winter rains. The Sturt
Desert Pea is deep red in colour with a black centre. Early aboriginal
legend links the plant to the death of a young girl - the red being her
blood and the black centre her indigenous origins.
The Desert Pea has been placed within
a framework of celtic art symbolising the early Irish influence of the
settlers of South Australia. Many country towns,suburbs and
streets are named in memory of the
origins of these settlers and today still bear such names as Clare, Dublin,
Kilkenny, Cavan, Galway, Thurles etc.
The artwork is by local AIDA member,
Mrs.Colleen Kirby, who is well known for her original celtic designs for
"On behalf of the AIDA (SA) I would
like to offer visitors to the AIDA website the opportunity to sponsor one
or more of the Championship sections for the forthcoming Australian Irish
Dancing Championships 2nd to the 7th October in Adelaide, or to advertise
in the official souvenir program of the event."
Individual Championship Sponsorship
Sponsorship is available for solo
and ceili events. Your sponsorship would provide medals, sashes, trophies
and certificates for competitors. We would acknowledge such sponsorship
prominently in the program and by signage in the venue during the course
of the selected championship. Your generosity and contribution would also
be acknowledged on the official website. Sections available and relevant
costs are involved by contacting the Secretary, Margaret Atkinson on (08)
8264 7146, email: [email protected]
You may like to advertise in the
official souvenir program. Individuals, companies and corporations are
welcome to make enquiries.
Rates for advertising are:
• Full page $600 (including
• Half page $400 (including
• Quarter page $300 (including
• Business card size $200.00
Color extra and not all sizes available
Should you be interested in either
the Sponsorship or Advertising please contact the Secretary at the first
available opportunity and you will be advised of the closing dates for
The venue - for the 2001 Championships
is ETSA Park. This well known Adelaide home of netball seats up to 3000
people. It will be open plan seating, not allocated. The "Adelaide Thunderbirds"
site says this about ETSA.
"Built on former railyards at
Mile End, the stadium offers first rate facilities for players, spectators
and administrators, helping to underline South Australia's position as
Australia's dominant netball state.
Built at a cost of $11.1 million,
the project was funded by the State Government, through the Office of Recreation
& Sport, and the SA Netball Association.
The indoor stadium has a seating
capacity of 3000 on fixed and retractable seating while outside there are
26 netball courts and car parking for 750 vehicles."
For more information on the venue
please visit the home site of the netball team, the Adelaide
||There are no EFTPOS facilities at
- here are some dinal notes regarding
the 'aftermath' of this year's Nationals
Firstly - LOST PROPERTY
- 1 pair of gold Lurex briefs for
a dance costume, size 8-10 childs
- 1 black sleeveless cotton/nylon/elastane
- Sportscraft - size small
- 1 black leotard with the name
of Emily on the tag
- 1 tracksuit top black main colour,
top green with white trim, no name, no size, black zip. Collar is
green lined with white. Could be a School track suit.
Anyone wishing to claim any of the
above should contact Margaret Atkinson on (08) 8264 7146 or email.
Secondly - GOLF DAY!
The inaugural Australian Championship
Golf Day was held on Wednesday the 3rd October at the picturesque North
Adelaide Gold Links, not far from the Australian Irish
Dancing Championship Venue. The
event was the brain child of Paul Rogers of the Adelaide Academy, after
a group of parents tried out nearly all the golf courses on the
Gold Coast last year.
Seventeen keen golfers teed off in
rather good conditions, weatherwise, considering how wet and cold it was
The winning trophy went to Terry
Neal of the Adelaide Academy and the runner up was Kienan Melino from the
Murphy School of Irish Dancing. Congratulations to Terry and Kienan and
to all who took part.
David and Vaughan of Awards Plus
New South Wales donated a fantastic trophy of a golfer and Bank SA
gave a parcel of corporate products to the runner up. All agreed
it was a great day, and many finished up for lunch at the Daniel OConnell
Irish Pub in North Adelaide.
Golfers hope that this will be an
annual event. It was Adelaide's turn in 2001 to win the trophy - who will
be victorious in 2002??? Start practising now!!!!
Thirdly - The Dance Dress
Bag manufacturer who was at the Australian Championships, Helen R. Doyle,
would like to pass on the message that she is still contactable by email.
It appears her website was removed whilst she was at the Nationals in Adelaide,
and they are in the process of having it replaced.
The Official Carrier for the 2001
Championships is Ansett Australia. It is imperative that you quote Masterfile
Number MC06845 when making reservations. The Ansett Australia
Event airfare offers discounts of up to 45% off the full economy airfare.
The Official Hotel is the Stamford
|150 North Terrace, Adelaide
|08 8461 1111
|08 8231 7572
• 334 elegantly furnished spacious
guest rooms/suites overlooking beautiful churches and parklands
• International cuisine from three
restaurants, the city's only five star gaming lounge and an intimate cocktail
• Ten elegant function rooms with
audio-visual capabilities cater for groups of up to 350. A full service
business centre is also available.
• Fully equipped rooftop gym, sauna
and heated pool
- at the beautiful City of Adelaide
Golf Links. A must for all those who enjoy a game. It has been suggested
that an "Ambrose" style competition would be the most successful and sociable,
and would be open to both men and women. There will be trophies awarded
to each member of the winning team. At this stage there are 30-40 spots;
equipment can be supplied and lunch is included in the cost. Cost is approximately
$35-$40 per player (depending on the numbers). If anyone is interested
please contact Margaret Atkinson on [email protected],
or telephone (08) 8264 7146 (after hours) for more information, or check
out this page!
- by Luxury Airconditioned Coach
Departing at 9.30 returning at 5.30pm.
Cost is $30 adults - Children/Concessions
1.To the Barossa Valley
Visit the Gumeracha Toy Factory,
complimentary tea and coffee
Visit Angas Park Dried Fruits and
Menglers Hill Lookout. Lunch in Tanunda (at own expense). Visit Grant Burge
Winery and Orlando Winery
2.To the Southern Vales Wineries
Visit the historic township of Hahndorf
Visit Cottage Box Chocolates and
Beerenberg Strawberry Farm
Lunch in Strathalbyn (at own expense)
Visit McLaren Vale Wine Region
Visit Hardy's Winery and the Almond
Minimum booking 40 per coach - maximum
Please advise your interest in either
both of these tours to Margaret Atkinson on [email protected]
or by phone at (08) 8264 7146. These can be arranged to take place either
during or after the Championships.
||Sensational Adelaide International
Police Tattoo Entertainment Centre
|22 Sep-2nd Oct
||Richard Wagner's operatic masterpiece
||Bay to Birdwood Classic Motorvehicle
Cavalcade and Rally. Over 1300 classic cars
||Tasting Australia - Food and wine
festival - City of Adelaide Feast of the senses.
THis and more information available
For information on what there is to do during your stay in Adelaide you
can contact Tourism SA or visit the following website http://www.acta.com.au/index2.html.
This excellent site gives you all the possible options for other accommodation,
tours, sites, places of interest and all the information about South
Tickets & Program
Tickets to the events will be available
from Monday 1st October.
ADMISSION COSTS ARE:
(you must nominate the days)
|3 day pass
All of the above includes GST
|Concessions and Children
|- for the 2001 Nationals
||Eugene Harnett ADCRG, Dublin
Aine O'Shea ADCRG, Dublin
Carol Scanlon ADCRG, Birmingham
Brendan O'Brien ADCRG, Dublin
|and the musicians will again be:
||Gerry Conlon - Glasgow
Seamus O'Sullivan - Glasgow
Closing date for entries - 30th August
|Entry Fees are:
|Solo - $27.50
Ceili & Figure - $5.50 per team