Catriona (St Patrick’s Society Hong Kong March 2013)

‘Can I ask you to thank all the kids from the St. Patrick’s Society for the fantastic performances at the ball and the kids party. 

The feedback from everyone has been overwhelming, on not only the performances but also the commitment, dedication and passion shown by all the children and teachers of Echoes of Erin. The bar is raised higher every year by the incredibly high standard of choreography, dancing and enthusiasm demonstrated in each performance. 

Well done to all and we look forward to the next show !! 

Thanks again 

Dorraine Dempsey 
Committee Member of St. Patrick’s Society

Hi Catriona,

‘Thanks you for all the great work you’ve done for the Hong Kong community. I thought the dancers were absolutely fantastic at the Ball this year’ Harry O Neil


Catriona, through her entusiasm and dedication has not only brought Irish Dancing back to Hong Kong but has also elevated the quality of Hong Kong based dancers to international standards.

HARRY O NEIL Honary Consul, Consulate of Ireland, Hong Kong

Catriona is an ambassador for Irish Dancing in Hong Kong and works with children and adults of all ages. She is an inspirational teacher, exemplifying excellent communication skills with children, parents, organisations and examination boards.She is a reliable dependable team member. 

Catriona has a excellent rapport with Children and is skilled in clearly communicating achievable but high expectations in a nurturing way, She has a warm, approachable and friendly character and is very highly regarded by her peers.

Vice president of the St Patricks Irish Society HK.

Catriona Newcombe’s” Echoes of Erin Dance Troupe” entertained thousands of Gaelic Football fans and players at Kings Park,Kowloon during the Asian Gaelic Games in 2010. This event attracted more than 700 athletes based in 14 countries and twice that number of visitors to Hong Kong.

They were treated to a display of Irish dancing that was a joy to behold both for  the connoisseur and the many who were witnessing their first ever performance of this beautiful ancient art which has been given a contemporary and very imaginative interpretation by Ms Newcombe ,who has through her pioneering work over many years established herself as the authentic voice of Irish dance in Hong Kong.

John Hone (on behalf of the Hong Kong Gaelic Athletic Association)

 This is an email I received from one of the mummys!

‘My niece, 18 years old from HK Youth Assoc. happened to perform at Victoria Park too and she commented that of all the performances, the Irish Dance was the BEST!!! She said it was unique and exciting! ‘Well done to all the kiddies!

‘Catriona and her amazing dancers – we all loved it! Wow! your performances are always so polished and a testament to the dedication and professionalism you put into your craft. A true pro! You are doing amazing work in sharing your talent and love for Irish Dance to so many in Hong Kong. St. Pat’s and Hong Kong is so lucky to have you. Please send our congratulations and appreciation to all the dancers’
 From Mr Canice Gleeson, Director Celtic Connections Choir 

A note from Kit vice principal of Jockey Club Sarah Roe School.

‘Please pass my heartfelt thanks to the dancers. They did a wonderful performance last Friday night’

Well Done!

  “Catriona is an exceptional dance teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed her classes and admired her work ethic, dance experience, creative choreography and organization. I especially enjoyed Catriona’s patience and fun personality with all of her students. If I still lived in Hong Kong there is no doubt that she would still be my dance teacher.” December 9, 2011

 Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative

 from Bailey Marr

Hired catriona as a Dance teacher in 2010

 Many thanks to you for making me so welcome at the 1st Hong Kong Feis .I really enjoyed it and congratulations to you on the standard of Irish dancing you have produced in Hong Kong. ..you were all excellent.. thank you for your courtesy and respect. You should all feel very proud of yourselves. Happy dancing! See you at the World and European Championships 2013!

Mary Sheedy; WIDA Adjudicator (ADCRG) Ireland.