History of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha
An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha was established by Conradh na Gaeilge – The Gaelic League – in the late twenties as a commission for the purpose of examining the organisation of Irish. The body first met in 1930.
In the world of Irish Dancing in which we live nowadays, it is hard to imagine what it must have been like in the thirties. It was An Coimisiún which first established a standard for teachers, and later for adjudicators, of Irish dancing, published a handbook of Céilí dances, and established Oireachtas an Rince, as it was then known, as a separate event. An Coimisiún has nowadays nine Regional Councils in Ireland and Britain and organisations such as the I.D.T.A.N.A. in North America, R.T.M.E. in Mainland Europe, A.I.D.A. in Australia and T.I.D.A.N.Z. in New Zealand.
The establishment of Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne - the World Irish Dancing Championships - in 1970 was the most important development in Irish Dancing since the founding of An Coimisiún. The founding fathers of the World Championship are Seamus Mac Con Uladh and Maitiu O Maoileidigh.