About us

 Cumann Rince Náisiúnta (CRN) was founded in 1982 by the late, great, Ita Cadwell along with 11 other teachers. They believed that all teachers should be protected and that all dancers should be afforded the right to dance. CRN dancers commenced dancing competitions with an open platform and to this day CRN successfully operates an Open Platform where any dancer, regardless of their school or organization, can compete in our Feiseanna. CRN is governed by an executive committee, who are elected by our members, to uphold the Constitution. All our Feile’s and Feiseanna are run under our Rules of Competition.

In 2012 Cumann Rince Náisiúnta celebrated its 30th anniversary and launched the CRN World Open Championships, Craobhacha Oscailte na Cruinne. CRN’s very first World Championships took place over the June bank holiday weekend in the very prestigious, world-renowned, Wexford Opera House.  This has now become an annual event.  Over the past couple of years CRN has moved its Irish Open Championships base to the magnificent Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre and has expanded its Calendar of Events to include the North American Open Championships.

If you would like to take part in any of our Feiseanna, please visit our Calendar of Events for details on upcoming competitions. To obtain our rules of competition please contact us directly.

For a listing of CRN Teachers within the USA Region, please visit our

Members/Schools Page.