Vintage Irish Dancing Costume Exhibition

 Where: Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey & Clotworthy House, Antrim Castle Gardens

When: Until Thursday 30 March 2023

Cost: Free

Opening Times:
Theatre at the Mill | Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm
Clotworthy House | Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm | Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm


This exhibition of historic Irish Dancing costumes has been curated in celebration St Patrick’s Day and International Women’s Day. The collection of antique Irish Dancing costumes have been made available for viewing to the public for free thanks to the kind generosity of former Irish Dancer turned collector, Mr Les Baird.

More than 160 costumes, which were worn by performers from the Festival Tradition of Irish dancing, are being displayed across two sites; Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey and Clotworthy House, Antrim Castle Gardens throughout March.

The costumes, some of which date back to as early as the 1940s, were donated over the years by dance schools and individual performers from across Northern Ireland.