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Irish Dancing Shoes FAQ
Highland and Scottish Country Dancing Shoes FAQ
Are the products in stock right now?

Yes, most of them are in stock. We are not like a lot of websites who say they are New Zealand websites but actually deliver all their orders from Hong Kong.

We are in Karori, Wellington and we have most of the stock on site. Any item not immediately available will have it noted in the description. These are generally items where there are a huge number of variations available e.g clan items and tartan items. There are over 500 tartans available in most of the tartan products and we can't stock all of them.

We can never give a 100% guarantee as someone might do an order over the phone five minutes before you do your internet order, but that is rare. The website will deduct stock when it is ordered and reduce the quantity. If the quantity is reduced to zero it takes it off the website so that it is not visible to customers. If someone does a phone order the stock is manually adjusted so the website remains in synch.

Do the prices include GST?

Prices shown are in NZD (New Zealand Dollar) and include GST of 15%.GST applies to all goods or services consumed within New Zealand. There are no local taxes in New Zealand.

If you are resident OUTSIDE New Zealand and login as a customer (thus, putting your address into the system) the GST will be excluded from the price showing on the website.

If you are resident INSIDE New Zealand all prices will include GST, whether you are logged in as a customer, or not.

Do you buy and sell second hand kilts?

Buying

We do not buy second hand kilts. Our advice is to list them on one of the online trading sites. Make sure you list a waist size, the length and what tartan it is. Ensure it is a kilt and not a kilted skirt because there is a lot of difference between them and I have lost count of the people who have told me they have a kilt for sale, when it is, in fact, a kilted skirt. You could get into trouble for mislabelling the item so try and sort it out before you list it.

Some ways to tell the difference:

Kilts are heavier and will generally be between 23 and  27 inches from top to bottom. A kilted skirt is lighter weight and could be any length - mini or maxi.

Any velcro - it is a kilted skirt.

Kitls will normally have three buckles and wide straps. A kilted skirt might have just one or two thin straps and velcro, or a button on the under-apron.

The reason it is important to get it right is that they differ widely in price. Second hand kilt in good condition $300 - $500, second hand kilted skirt $50 - $150.

Selling

We do have a few kilts left over from our kilt hire for sale. They are all proper 7 yard kilts and made in 13oz woollen tartan. Not many left now but check out the Second hand Kilts under "Kilts" on the website.

Do you have a contact for making highland dancing socks?

Here are some contacts who make the highland dancing socks:

In New Zealand

Allison Rinkle, Havelock North
email address allison_rinkle@clear.net.nz

Currently charging $150 and requires a swatch of the tartan for colour matching. Here are some samples of Allison's work.

 

  Highland Dancing Socks      Highland Dancing Socks       Highland Dancing Socks

 

In Northern Ireland

www. kilkeeldancinghose.co.uk

In Scotland

www. kshosiery.co.uk

Do you have any contacts for the Clan Societies in New Zealand?

 

We are happy to provide links to the NZ Clan Associations - just contact us and we will add them to the list.

1) The McPhee Clan Society of New Zealand - email Glen McPhee (the President) at tracka1@xtra.co.nz - Website is http://www.mcpheeclansocietynz.com

2) Clan MacLean Association of New Zealand - email Arthur Dickinson (Vice President) at val.arthur@gmail.com. No website but their facebook page isClan Maclean NZ https://www.facebook.com/ClanMacleanNZ?fref=ts

3) Clan MacKenzie Society of New Zealand   www.clan-mackenzie.org.nz   Membership details on page.   Also on facebook Clan-MacKenzie-Society-of-New-Zealand-Incorporated   Sales Manager, Margaret Davis  04 3835011

Do you have names of Pipers who will play for weddings, funerals etc?


Yes, we do. If you let me know the venue and occasion I will email you back with a couple of people in your area who might be able to help you out. I do not know how much they charge and I do not get any commision for this. It is just a referral from our contact list.

Do you know of any Highland Dancing teachers in my area?

Yes, we have contact details of classes in the Wellington area and we can also give you a first point of call for most areas in New Zealand.

In Wellington - this is a new dance studio currently operating from Johnsonville

Reel Feet Dance

In Nelson

Helen Dance Advert

 

 

 

 

In Timaru

Tiptoe Dance

 

Amanda Ruemenapf

Tip Toe Dance

Disciplines:  Highland and Jazz dancing

Ages: Preschool right through to adults

Studio areas: Timaru, Fairlie and Geraldine

Phone: 027 941 9996

Email: tiptoedancenz@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tiptoedancenz

Do you know of any Scottish Country Dancing Groups in my area?

Scottish Country Dancing Groups operate all over the country and are a great way to keep the mind and body active. Also handy to know the dances if you are attending a Ceilidh or Ball. To find the nearest group to you, go to  http://www.dancescottish.org.nz or email secretary@dancescottish.org.nz..

For Wellington information try any of these email addresses:

carterton@dancescottish.org.nz

islandbay@dancescottish.org.nz

johnsonville@dancescottish.org.nz

kelburn@dancescottish.org.nz

linden@dancescottish.org.nz

lowerhutt @dancescottish.org.nz

ngaio @dancescottish.org.nz

seatoun@dancescottish.org.nz

tawa@dancescottish.org.nz

upperhutt@dancescottish.org.nz

waikanae@dancescottish.org.nz

 

Contacts for Hastings: Phone 06 878 7272 or go to www.hscdc.co.nz. Meet on Wednesday evenings.

If anyone has contact details for their area and would like me to add them to this list please email me at enquiries@mcphees.co.nz.

Do you know when the next Ceilidh or Ball is scheduled?

Only if people let me know. I try and post details to our facebook account (McPhee's Celtic) as soon as I get notification of any Scottish, Irish or Welsh events that are imminent.

One regular event is the second Saturday of every month at the Piping Hall in Newtown. Phone 04-9764-252 for details, or take a look at www.wellingtongaelicclub.org.nz.

Do you provide a guarantee?

We guarantee all products to be of merchantable quality, and as advertised. I have tried to accurately describe products with type of metal, dimensions etc. If you believe something is unclear or would like more information please email or  phone and we will try and answer your query.

We comply with the Consumer Guarantees Act and abide by the rules laid out in the Act. If any product is faulty we will swap for another item, or, if there is no alternative offer a refund.

For products that don't fit, we will swap for another size, provided the goods are returned in the same condition they were sent. The exception being socks which we can not exchange for hygiene reasons.

We do not offer refunds if you have changed your mind about a purchase. We have had problems in the past with people ordering dancing shoes with no intention of keeping them and this led us to instigate the rule on no refunds for shoes. We are more than happy to swap for another size or style.

Do you still sell frozen food?

No, we don't. Too hard to store and ship. Contact details are as follows:

Pies, Bridies, Butteries, Tattie Scones (needs to be ordered in bulk) - The Scottish Bakery, Auckland 09 271 4608

Lorne Sausage - Hardy St Meats,  Naenae, Lower Hutt 04 566 7939

 Frozen Haggis - Island Bay Butchers, Island Bay, Wellington 04 383 7066

Highland and SCD Sizing Comparison Table

Highland Shoe Sizing

MM

UK

Euro

  PW Pumps

PW Jig

Hullachan

 JS Duchess

JS J Fancy

JS Strathspey

130

5.5

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

133

6

22.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

140

6.5

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

143

7

23.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

146

7.5

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

152

8

24.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

156

8.5

25

 

 

9.5

 

 

10.5

159

9

26

 

 

10

 

 

11

165

9.5

27

 

10

10.5

 

 

11.5

168

10

27.5

10

10.5

10.5

 

 

11.5

171

10.5

28

10.5

11

11

 

10

12

178

11

29

11

11.5

11.5

 

10.5

12.5

181

11.5

30

11

11.5

12

 

11

13

184

12

30.5

11.5

12

12.5

 

11.5

13.5

191

12.5

31

12

12.5

13

 

12

1

194

13

31.5

12.5

13

13.5

 

12.5

1.5

198

13.5

31.5

13

13.5

1

 

13

2

202

1

32

13.5

1

1.5

 

13.5

2.5

206

1.5

33

1

1.5

2

 

1

3

210

2

33.5

1

1.5

2.5

2

1.5

3

214

2.5

34

1.5

2

3

2.5

2

3.5

219

2.5

35

2

2.5

3

2.5

2

4

221

3

35

2.5

3

3.5

3

2.5

4.5

225

3.5

36

2.5

3

3.5

3.5

3

5

229

4

36

3

3.5

4

4

3.5

5

230

4

37

3.5

4

4.5

4

3.5

5.5

233

4.5

37.5

3.5

4

4.5

4.5

4

5.5

237

5

38

4

4.5

5

5

4.5

6

240

5.5

39

4.5

5

5.5

5.5

5

6.5

246

6

39.5

5

5.5

5.5

6

5.5

6.5

250

6.5

40

5

5.5

6

6.5

6

7

254

7

41

5.5

6

6

7

6.5

7

257

7.5

41.5

6

6.5

6.5

7.5

7

7.5

260

8

42

6.5

7

7

8

7.5

8

267

8 1/2

42.5

7

7.5

7.5

8.5

8

8.5

271

9

43

7.5

8

8.5

9

8.5

9.5

279

9 1/2

44

8

8.5

9

9.5

9

10

281

10

44

8

8.5

9.5

 

9.5

10.5

286

10 1/2

44.5

8.5

 

10

 

10

11

290

11

45

 

 

10.5

 

10.5

11.5

294

11.5

46

 

 

11

 

11

12

298

12

46.5

 

 

11.5

 

11.5

12.5

303

12.5

47

 

 

 

 

12

1

307

13

48

 

 

 

 

12.5

1

311

13.5

49

 

 

 

 

13

1

How do I choose the correct shoe size?

The question I am asked most often. How do I find the right shoe size?

All brands and even styles within a brand have different sizing so the best thing to do is start with a foot tracing.  It won't always be perfect but it is a good place to start. Do NOT use your last pair of pumps as THE guide to your next pair of shoes as they will have stretched and will no longer be the size on the label. However, they are good to use in conjunction with a foot tracing as it helps tell you whether you are on the right track.

Things to remember when doing a foot tracing.

Do BOTH feet. One foot is always bigger than the other. For fitting a pump I would go with the smaller of the two and with a jig shoe, the biggest foot.

Get a big piece of paper and a thick felt pen (Don't get marker pen on your socks). It is better if someone else does it for you as you need to have your weight evenly distributed on your foot.

Try and do a foot tracing on a hard surface, preferably lino or wood, maybe on the kitchen floor. If you only have carpet put something solid underneath the paper.

Draw around the foot with socks on (ideally with your dancing socks on) as there is no need to draw between the toes and removes the temptation to "spread" the toes to draw between them

Keep the pen vertical at all times when drawing around the foot. The aim is not to draw around the part of the foot, which touches the paper, but to convey the accurate size of your foot.

Measure a straight line between the big toe and back of heel. Draw in the line and measure in millimetres.

Follow the instructions on the dance shoe product page as each manufacturer and sometimes even style within the same brand will differ. On each product page I have shown photos of how to do a foot tracing and also how the measurements you take are applied to the size guides.

Any queries give me a bell and I can talk you through it. It is not a BIGGIE if you get it wrong as we are more than happy to swap sizes if they don't fit.

How Do I Do a Good Foot Tracing?

The question I am asked most often. How do I find the right shoe size?

All brands and even styles within a brand have different sizing so the best thing to do is start with a foot tracing.  It won't always be perfect but it is a good place to start. Do NOT use your last pair of pumps as THE guide to your next pair of shoes as they will have stretched and will no longer be the size on the label. However, they are good to use in conjunction with a foot tracing as it helps tell you whether you are on the right track.

Things to remember when doing a foot tracing.

Do BOTH feet. One foot is always bigger than the other. For fitting a pump I would go with the smaller of the two and with a jig shoe, the biggest foot.

Get a big piece of paper and a thick felt pen (Don't get marker pen on your socks). It is better if someone else does it for you as you need to have your weight evenly distributed on your foot.

Try and do a foot tracing on a hard surface, preferably lino or wood, maybe on the kitchen floor. If you only have carpet put something solid underneath the paper.

Draw around the foot with socks on (ideally with your dancing socks on) as there is no need to draw between the toes and removes the temptation to "spread" the toes to draw between them

Keep the pen vertical at all times when drawing around the foot. The aim is not to draw around the part of the foot, which touches the paper, but to convey the accurate size of your foot.

Measure a straight line between the big toe and back of heel. Draw in the line and measure in millimetres.

Follow the instructions on the dance shoe product page as each manufacturer and sometimes even style within the same brand will differ. On each product page I have shown photos of how to do a foot tracing and also how the measurements you take are applied to the size guides.

Any queries give me a bell and I can talk you through it. It is not a BIGGIE if you get it wrong as we are more than happy to swap sizes if they don't fit.

How do I measure for a Jacobite Shirt?

The measurements I have written down on the Jacobite shirt product page are the measurements of the SHIRT. This is because everyone likes different levels of bagginess in their shirts. Some men like them quite balloon-ey and others more tight fitting.

Full details on measurements are on the product page. Basically, you add 10 inches ( 25 cm ) to your actual chest size and choose the shirt which is closest to that size.

The most popular size is large.

How do I measure ma heid?

Hats are made to international sizing. There is a comparison between the old imperial measurements and the cm equivalent on each hat page. So if you already know your size in imperial measurements you can convert easily.

To measure put tape around head with the tape going over the ears and across the forehead. The tape will be on a slight incline. You measure the line of your head where the hat will sit.

How do I measure myself for a kilt?

Measurements for kilts are shown on the product page. When a kilt is worn correctly the top of the kilt should sit two inches above the navel. So the final length of the kilt is from two inches above the navel to mid-knee. A lot of the technical, historical specifications for kilts are in inches which is why we still measure in inches.

If in doubt, contact us and we can talk you through this.

How do I pay?

Either order through the website using paypal or by entering your credit or debit card number directly. We use Payment Express as a 3rd party gateway which means the website transfers to DPS to accept the payment. We do not see the numbers and do not store the numbers.

DPS (Click here to go to DPS website for more information) is a high growth, innovative global leader in payment technology. Providing PCI DSS compliant payment solutions under the Payment Express brand, they are certified with all major card schemes. You will probably recognise the logo as many websites use this gateway.

If you do not wish to order through the website give us a ring on 04 476 0139 and we can take the information over the phone. We will also need your name and address and the code number of the item you wish to purchase. We will enter the credit or debit card number directly into our eft-pos machine as you relay it to us, so that it is not written down anywhere.

How long will it take for me to receive my order?

About 95% of orders are sent immediately. So you will receive the day after you order. We use overnight courier within New Zealand so if an order is received and paid for by 2pm it will be dispatched overnight for delivery next day. Rural delivery might take longer. All rural deliveries are different - some still get there the next day, others take a few days.

Most products online are available for immediate dispatch. If they are not, it will be noted in the product description. Generally the only items not immediately available are clan items (where there are 100 options and we don't have all the clans in stock) and tartan items which are made to order in Scotland so there is the delay while the items are made and then shipped from Scotland to New Zealand.

The only other items which might not be immediately available are dancing shoes. We have built up an extensive stock of dancing shoes and generally have one of every size in every brand. If someone has ordered your size the day before you have, it might take a couple of weeks to be shipped in from the U.K. This is rare as we re-order every couple of weeks and re-stock any sizes that have sold out.

If you have any doubts about availability drop us an email at enquiries@mcphees.co.nz or phone us on 04 476 0139.

If I don't have a credit card can I still purchase from you?

Yes, you can.

We can take payment by internet banking but payment must be made promptly. If you do not have a credit card, email us with your address and a list of the products required. If you are in New Zealand and the order totals more than $50.00 then courier is free of charge. If the order totals less than $50.00 then courier is $5.00.

We will email you the bank account details to enable you to make payment. If payment is not received within 48 hours the order will be deleted and goods returned to stock.

We prefer not to deal with cheques and will only accept in unusual circumstances. Please note that product will not be shipped until the cheque clears and with post around New Zealand currently taking up to two weeks for delivery and with five days for the cheque to clear you could be waiting three weeks for your order.

Irish Pumps Sizing Comparison Table

UK

US

Euro

Foot (mm)

Loop/ Eclipse

Gazelle /Elite

Hullachan

7.5

9.5

25.5

152-154


7

7.5

8

10

26

155-158


7.5

8

8.5

10.5

26.5

159-162

7

8

8.5

9

11

27

163-167

7.5

8.5

9

9.5

11.5

27.5

168-171

8

9

9.5

10

12

28

172-175

8.5

9.5

10

10.5

12.5

28.5

176-180

9

10

10.5

11

13

29

181-184

9.5

10.5

11

11.5

13.5

29.5

185-189

10

11

11.5

12

1

30

190-194

10.5

11.5

12

12.5

1.5

31

195-198

11

12

12.5

13

2

31.5

199-201

11.5

12.5

13

13.5

2.5

32

202-205

12

13

13.5

1

3

33

206-209

12.5

13.5

1

1.5

3.5

33.5

210-214

13

1

1.5

2

4

34

215-218

13.5

1.5

2

2.5

4.5

35

219-222

1

2

2.5

3

5

36

223-226

1.5

2.5

3

3.5

5.5

36.5

227-230

2

3

3.5

4

6

37

231-234

2.5

3.5

4

4.5

6.5

37.5

235-237

3

4

4.5

5

7

38

238-241

3.5

4.5

5

5.5

7.5

38.5

242-245

4

5

5.5

6

8

39

246-249

4.5

5.5

6

6.5

8.5

40

250-253

5

6

6.5

7

9

41

254-257

5.5

6.5

7

7.5

9.5

41.5

258-261

6

7

7.5

8

10

42

262-266

6.5

7.5

8

8.5

10.5

42.5

267-270

7

8

8.5

9

11

43

271-274

7.5

8.5

9

9.5

11.5

44

275-278

8

9


10

12

45

279-282

8.5

9.5


10.5

12.5

45.5

283-287

9

10


11

13

46

288-291

9.5



11.5

13.5

46.5

292-296

10



12

14

47

297-300




Jig Shoe Sizing Guide

Please remember that while following the guidance below will help you get the correct size, the foot is a three dimensional shape and factors such as the depth of the arch will also affect sizing which we are unable to account for here.

A good start is to check their sports trainers, football boots, netball shoes etc. The Euro and UK sizing are often shown on a piece of fabric sewn into the tongue of the shoe.

On a general note, jig shoes should not be purchased too large as the ball of the foot needs to sit correctly in the shoe to be able to generate the required sound with the tips. Jig shoes which are too large also make toe walking and more advanced techniques very difficult. A little toe wiggle room is fine but the distance from the tip of the longest toe to the top of the shoe should be no more than 5-10mm (depending on the level of the dancer).

Antonio Pacelli Jig Shoes

We recommend that you order your normal UK school shoe or dress shoe size (Please see below for our UK/US/EU conversion chart). If you have a wide foot then we would suggest you go up half a size and order the wider fitting. Our wider fitting jig shoe has a rounded toe which gives more room for the toes.

Fays Jig Shoes

Fays shoes are a narrower fit and we do not recommend them for dancers with a wider foot. 

If you have a wide foot and still want to order this brand we suggest that you order half a size larger than your normal UK school shoe or dress shoe size (Please see below for our UK/US/EU conversion chart).

Jig Shoe Size Conversion Chart

UK

US

Euro

Foot Length

9

11

27

163mm - 167mm

9.5

11.5

27.5

168mm - 171mm

10

12

28

172mm - 175mm

10.5

12.5

28.5

176mm - 180mm

11

13

29

181mm - 184mm

11.5

13.5

29.5

185mm - 189mm





12

1

30

190mm - 194mm

12.5

1.5

31

195mm - 198mm

13

2

31.5

199mm - 201mm

13.5

2.5

32

202mm - 205mm

1

3

33

206mm - 209mm

1.5

3.5

33.5

210mm - 214mm

2

4

34

215mm - 218mm

2.5

4.5

35

219mm - 222mm

3

5

36

223mm - 226mm

3.5

5.5

36.5

227mm - 230mm

4

6

37

231mm - 234mm

4.5

6.5

37.5

235mm - 237mm

5

7

38

238mm - 241mm

5.5

7.5

38.5

242mm - 245mm





6

8

39

246mm - 249mm

6.5

8.5

40

250mm - 253mm

7

9

41

254mm - 257mm

7.5

9.5

41.5

258mm - 261mm

8

10

42

262mm - 266mm

8.5

10.5

42.5

267mm - 270mm

9

11

43

271mm - 274mm

9.5

11.5

44

275mm - 278mm

10

12

45

279mm - 282mm

10.5

12.5

45.5

283mm - 287mm

11

13

46

288mm - 291mm

11.5

13.5

46.5

292mm - 296mm

12

14

47

297mm - 300mm

Sizing Guide for Boys' Reel Shoes
Traditional Boys Reel Shoe (Leinster or Concorde Heel)

We recommend that you purchase your normal school or dress shoe size. If you have a wider foot we suggest you add half a size.

Capezio Boys Reel Shoe

Due to the minimal structure of these shoes they can be difficult to fit. We recommend ordering your normal shoe size. Experienced dancers may want to drop half a size for a closer fitting and sharper toe shape when pointing.

Please use the chart below to assist in converting US and European sizes to their UK equivalent. A good start is to check their sports trainers, football boots etc. The Euro and UK sizing are often shown on a piece of fabric sewn into the tongue of the shoe.

UK Shoe Size 

US Shoe Size 

European Size  

7.5

9.5

25.5

8

10

26

8.5

10.5

26.5

9

11

27

9.5

11.5

27.5

10

12

28

10.5

12.5

28.5

11

13

29

11.5

13.5

29.5

12

1

30

12.5

1.5

31

13

2

31.5

13.5

2.5

32

1

3

33

1.5

3.5

33.5

2

4

34

2.5

4.5

35

3

5

36

3.5

5.5

36.5

4

6

37

4.5

6.5

37.5

5

7

38

5.5

7.5

38.5

6

8

39

6.5

8.5

40

7

9

41

7.5

9.5

41.5

8

10

42

8.5

10.5

42.5

9

11

43

9.5

11.5

44

10

12

45

10.5

12.5

45.5

11

13

46

11.5

13.5

46.5

12

14

47

 

 

What if it doesn't fit?

No matter how carefully you measure yourself or your child, there will always be occasions where things don't feel quite right. We are more than happy to swap for another size provided the goods are in the same condition as when they left us.

What is happening around N.Z in the next few months?

Monday's 7.30-8.30pm Wgtn Irish Society, 10 Fifeshire Ave, Cambridge Terrace, Wellington

Adult Irish dance classes- Classes commenced on 13 February but it's not too late to join. If you’re keen to have fun and get fit in the process drop Laura Kelly an email at reeljigirishdancers@gmail.com.

Sunday 12th March 7.30pm Wgtn Irish Society, 10 Fifeshire Ave, Cambridge Terrace, Wellington

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport and Ambassador, Breandán Ó Caollaí visit.

Mr Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Ambassador Breandán Ó Caollaí and Denise Flanagan Honorary Vice Consul will be visiting the clubrooms during our regular opening time on Sunday evening and would like to meet members. It would be great to see you there to welcome them and hopefully some of our fine musicians be playing. We will also replay the Ireland v Wales 6 nations game….I’m sure the Minister for Sport won’t mind!

Friday 17th March 4pm Wgtn Irish Society, 10 Fifeshire Ave, Cambridge Terrace, Wellington

Family friendly St Patrick's Day celebrations at the club - Bar open from 4pm

We are gearing up for our family friendly St Patricks day event and assure you it'll be as much craic as it was last year!

We will be once again serving our fabulous Irish stew with yummy brown soda bread from 6pm.

3.30-5pm- Afternoon tea. Come join us for some delicious treats. Please RSVP by return email or call/text me on 0272303553 so we can cater accordingly

5.30-7pm- Kids disco party. Let the kids have their fun on the dance floor.

7pm to late- Music upstairs by the fabulous Muirsheen Durkin, they've been practising hard and looking forward to having you all dancing your socks off!

 

Friday 17th March 9am Te Marua Golf CLub St. Patrick's Day Golf

Thanks to Bernie Breslin for organising the Golf Tournament again, I'm told it's the same format as last year on Friday 17th March at the Te Marua Golf Club. Shot gun start 9am.

Prizes, lucky cash draw & light lunch entry fee $40.

Breakfast is also available should anyone want it starting from 8am . To register call Bernie on 5269835 as early as soon as possible so he can make the necessary arrangements.

 

Tuesday 14th March 4pm Wgtn Irish Society, 10 Fifeshire Ave, Cambridge Terrace, Wellington

Wellington Darts Association will be running Singles Darts on Tuesdays nights at the Club, commencing on 14th March but can join at any time. Suitable for players at all level as players will be grouped to match ability. Junior, novice and female players most welcome. Board fees are $3.00 per night. To register or have any questions, please contact Don Eddie Club Captain on 027 229 6366  or bestdeal@xtra.co.nz, or or better still come and have a look and a go!

 

Tuesday 28 March 2017 7.15pm Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

Scots College :  the Centenary Celebrations in 2016 – 100 years of people and events

The School’s motto (translated), “Let education make the all-round man” is reflected in the many prominent Old Boys who followed in the footsteps of the founders – city leaders e.g. Wellington Mayor, MP J.G.W. Aitken and Rev. Dr. James Gibb.  Former Headmaster Ian McKinnon (VUWSIG’s Patron) will tell of the 100 year journey..

 

Friday 28 April 2017 7.15pm Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

Easter Island – in the jurisdiction of Chile;  Scots were involved in them both too!

The Island – with an ancient indigenous people – was ‘discovered’ by the Dutch on Easter Day 1722 then annexed by Chile in 1888.  Scottish settlers contributed greatly to its development, also were/are prominent in mainland Chile.  Marco Martinez from The Chilean Embassy will describe his country and the Scottish connections.

 

Sunday 28 May 2017 at 2.30pm  Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

Bagpipes – how do they work? 7.15pm Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

All these very distinctive sounds coming from a collection of hollow pieces of wood!  Pipe Major Robert Sinclair, will introduce the secrets of their construction and outline the skills necessary for the piper to produce the variety of stirring notes that can touch the soul. He will give us some ‘practical demonstrations’!

 

Wednesday 28 June 2017 7.15pm Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

Fly-fishing – pastime of kings and commoners in Scotland and NZ and …

Beautiful scenery, beautiful rivers, beautiful fish!  Strato Cotsilinis, Wellington Fly Fishers Club President will tell us tales of this popular activity in Scotland and NZ and how various Scottish techniques are used worldwide..

 

Friday 28 July 2017 7.15pm Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

Daily doings at home in Aberdeen in 1868

Anne Macdonald Henderson wrote wonderful letters to her son James Alexander who emigrated to NZ aged 19. His great granddaughter, Julia Millen (well-known NZ writer) will share these letters – all full of humour, gossip and scandal, also the information she has discovered about young James’s adventures.

 

Monday 28 August 2017 7.15pm Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

A Tipenny Tipple (ale/beer) – “Wi’ tipenny we fear nae evil” (Tam O’ Shanter)

Well-known expert on NZ Beers, award winning writer Neil Miller, has explored the beverages of his homeland Scotland – more than whisky (usquabae) – to tell us how and why beers/ales have been enjoyed by the masses (twopence’ worth) and the elite throughout the ages.

 

Thursday 28 September 2017 7.15pm Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, alive and thriving in the 21st Century!

Bruce Gilkison, great-great-grandson of this Border poet, shepherd, sportsman, muso, eccentric, writer – will relate his experiences on the paths of Hogg’s journeys in the Highlands during the Clearances (competed in an event started by him in 1827!)  Walking with James Hogg featured in the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016.

 

Saturday 28 October 2017 at 2.30pm  Victoria University of Wellington Law School, Room G07, entrance from Bunny Street.

Celtic Jewellery+

Intricate interlacing never-ending traditional designs on silver (sometimes gold), sparkling precious stones, colourful pebbles from Highland burns – all these are elements in Celtic jewellery – ancient and modern.  Many mem bers are thrilled to possess such treasures, so you are invited to bring them for all to share in their beauty – and their provenance if available. This showing will be preceded by a short review of 2017 and look forward to 2018.

 

Sunday 26th ? November 2017  

A celebration of St. Andrew’s Day (for the 30th).

It is expected that an event with music, dancing, clan tents, etc will be organised for this celebration.    Watch our website for details.

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What is the cost of freight?

All freight charges are descibed in full on our Shipping page.

What is the difference between the tips and heels in the Irish Dancing Shoes?

Tips & Heels Guide: Understanding the different types of tips and heels.

Which combination of tip and heel should I go for?

TIPS

Leinster Tip

Leinster tips are beginner/intermediate level tips and perfect for those new to Irish dance or who are not competing at a senior level.

They are made from highly compressed materials to create a tip which offers a bright clear tone.

As with all our tips, the Leinster tip has a large 'Toe Stand' square at the front to make toe walking and getting on your toes easier.

Concorde Tip

Concorde tips are Open/Championship level tips and are worn by many of the world's top dancers.

They are made from a composite material which is a mix of several ingredients, all tightly compressed together to create a very high density material.

Not only are they very loud, they also produce an excellent tone and depth of sound. If you prefer a brighter, crisper sound then we would recommend the Liberty tip.

They are so tough, it is very unlikely you will need to replace them over the life of the shoe!

All of our tips now have a large 'Toe Stand' square at the front to make toe walking and getting on your toes easier.

Liberty Tip

The Liberty tip is our latest Open/Championship level tip and is also worn by many of the world's top dancers.

They are made from a mixture of high performance materials, all tightly compressed together to create a very compact, density material.

The sound of the Liberty tip is a clear, crisp sound with a high resonance which is unique to the Liberty tip. It produces a higher frequency than our Concorde tip and the Liberty tip is often described as a 'gun shot' due to its sharp sound on impact.

All of our tips now have a large 'Toe Stand' square at the front to make toe walking and getting on your toes easier.

HEELS

Leinster Heel

  The Leinster heel is a hard wearing straight polymer heel. The heel is light and easy to dance in and produces a satisfying sound when clicked. A great heel for beginners or intermediate dancers.

Concorde Heel

The Concorde heel is an Open/Championship level heel made from the same composite materials as our Concorde Tips,  which is a mix of several ingredients, all tightly compressed together to create a very high density material.

They are a solid heel with a white nylon top piece which enhances the overall sound quality.

They also have a curve on the inside of the heel to improve the accuracy of heel clicks and ensures a nice 'shot gun' sound when clicked.

The most popular heel for experienced Irish dancers.

 

What is the meaning of Celtic Design

Again, a question I am asked all the time. This is a question I tried very hard to answer when I first bought McPhee's ten years ago. I thought there would be an encyclopedia of Celtic knots - their names, what they looked like and what they meant. No such thing!

Most individual knots do not have a particular meaning. Sometimes a manufacturer will assign a name to a design for convenience in recognising and selling their jewellery or scarves or notepaper designs. They might call a knot "Love" or "Peace" but they are names they have given them and are not universally recognised names for a particular knot.

Only two knots are widely recognised as univeral names - the trinity and the triscele. The trinity, in particular is seen in a myriad of interpretations, sometimes on its own, sometimes a knot might consist of several trinity knots woven together. The trinity pre-dates Christianity and does NOT mean Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Celts thought that the number 3 was a lucky number and incorporated threes into a lot of their designs. The idea behind all Celtic design is the continuity of life, or the Circle of life; Life, Death, The Afterlife. A Celtic knot will never end and always double back on itself. The is one way to tell the difference between some Viking designs and the Celtic. The Viking might stop abruptly at the edge of a circle whereas a Celtic knot is eternal.

Where can I buy oatmeal?

The most requested item in the shop. For many years you couldn't get oatmeal in NZ. You can now buy either the coarse or fine oatmeal at Commonsense Organics, in Wellington, or online.

Common Sense Organics Oatmeal