Sharleen, who has been dancing for over 25 years, is the resident sean-nós dance teacher here at Dún na Sí. Sharleen joined the Moate Branch in 2010, teaching a style of dancing that was new to the midlands. Winner of the senior sean-nós competition at the all-Ireland Fleadh in Cavan in 2012, Sharleen now has over 60 students of sean-nós dancing at all ages and levels. She also teaches set dancing to local children at Dún na Sí.
Sharleen has won several all-Ireland titles for set dancing and with her partner Brendan Doyle she runs the monthly Céilithe in Dún na Sí. Together with local set dancing teachers from the Moate area and ‘Rise the Dust’ Céili Band, Sharleen has helped to revive The Moate set. The Moate set is now available in Pat Murphy’s fourth book, ‘Tabhair Dom do Lámh’, and on the latest Rise the Dust CD, ‘Give it a Lift’.
Sharleen orginates from Hilltown, a small village near the Mountains of Mourne, in Co. Down.