Fionan Cogan, based in Carrigaline, South East Cork on the Southern Coast of Ireland, teaches Irish Ceili Dancing in primary schools, secondary schools and university students in UCC, done through Gaelic (the Irish language) as well as English and occasionally in French. He also has regular adult classes in Cork City and Rathcormac in North Cork, during the winter season. Throughout the year a number of Cork based English Language Schools have Fionan Cogan’s Ceili Experience as part of their programme of events during their trip to Ireland. Many remark that his class “was the highlight” of their time in Ireland.
While Fionan has been teaching formally since 1994, he has been performing on the international stage since 1988, dancing in 18 different countries across 3 continents with 15 different dance groups and has been featured on TV shows in several countries. Dancing with celebrities doesn’t faze him, as he’s danced on stage with Francis Black, for the Irish Ambassador to Australia and with Ireland’s TV3 News Presenter, Paul Byrne. In 2005 Michael Flatley and Micheal O Sulibahain joined Fionan on his stage, the main stage of 7, when the Guinness World Record for the Largest Irish Céilí Dance was broken on the streets of Cork City as part of the Cork Folk Festival 2005.
Fionan is one of the Cogan family from Carrigaline in County Cork on the South Coast of Ireland have been promoting Ceili and Set Dancing for over 50 years. Barry, Edmond and Liam Cogan (RIP) have played drums, button accordion and harmonica respectively in Ceili Bands over the decades locally, nationally and internationally. Barry still plays, dances, tells stories and promotes the love of Irish Ceili and Set Dancing, as well as Traditional & modern Step Dancing and Traditional Irish music. He is a lifelong member of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE), who has formed several different Comhaltas branches in County Cork and is currently the President of the Cork County Board.
All ten of Barry Cogan’s children and many of his 12 grandchildren dance, at different levels. Some dance on social occasions, others danced competitively in the likes of Scor (GAA competitions) and Readoiri (Pioneer Total Abstinence Association competitions), winning prizes at Cork County, Munster, Ireland and World Championship levels. On many different occasions they have performed and represented Ireland on the world stages at small and large International Folk Dance festivals since 1988. The Cogan family have also been instrumental in hosting the Cork International Folk Dance Festival – Damhsafest, across Cork City, Cork County and other parts of Munster since 1995.
Fionan Cogan over the last 25 years has helped to start a number of organisations promoting Folk dancing both in Ireland and internationally. Here are the main items of interest:
– Founder member, Choreographer and Programme Director of the Owenabue Valley Traditional Group (1995 – present). They have performed in Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Cornwall, Wales, Brittany, Sardinia, the Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria, Belgium, Italy and Hungary.
– Inspiration for and driving force of the Carrigaline Ceili Mor for 18 years (1997 – 2015), renound for its wonderful welcome, mighty music, great dancing, proper tea & sweeping the floor!
– Founder and Programme Director of the Cork International Folk Dance Festival – Damhsafest (1995 – present). This festival has hosted over 32 different countries. The largest festival was in 2005, as part of Cork European City of Culture, where 700 performers from 25 different groups (12 International groups) closed St. Patrick’s Street, Cork City’s main shopping district, to dance on street as one of 77 public performances across County Cork.
– Founder member & Committee member of Colours of Ireland (1999). Toured USA and Ireland.
– Founder member & Secretary of the Carrigdhoun Traditional Group (1990-1995), toured Washington State in the USA; Vancover in British Columbia, Canada; Brittany, North WesternFrance; as well as Irish performances.
Fionan Cogan TMRC
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