Haven’t had a new glossary term since the first one I posted months ago, but my reference to FeisNation in a FB post today prompted a follower to write a little ‘wiki’ on what that means, so without further ado… Hat tip to Karen for the definition :)


Feisnation: (definition) a growing group of the population. In public they appear completely normal other than a having a strange graphic applique on their vehicle that depicts what you think at first is a pole dancer but is actually an Irish Step Dancer in motion.

Feisnationers can be identified also by the fact that they are always seen on the same days each week, driving a child (or several) to and from an undisclosed location. On weekends they are rarely seen as this is when they gather in large groups, usually at a high school in another state, or sometimes a banquet venue at a hotel. The purpose of these gatherings is to assist their children in participation in what is known as a “feis” – a competition of Irish dancing, music and occasionally bread.

A true member of the “Feisnation” is highly skilled in many ways – they are pack horses, capable of carrying large loads, the most interesting item being a large triangular shaped bag which appears to carry some sort of weapon but is actually the container of the child’s dance costume. (The costume requires its own special container due to the high cost of the costume).

Feisnation parents will spend hours before the “feis” in preparation – googling locations on Mapquest, packing up the items required for the event such as dance shoes (2 pair), special white socks (some bedazzled, some plain), 5 pounds of bobby pins, large cans of hairspray, bloomers that match the costume, wigs, tiaras, headbands and a roll on applicator containing what is referred to as “sock glue” – necessary to keep the $25.00 socks from slipping down around the ankle while competing.

Many “feisnation” folks still conduct the ancient ritual of “curling” – which requires putting young girls’ hair in several dozen or more curlers the day before the event and then taking her out to dinner….in public. When the event is over, the same child may be seen at dinner again, with large curled waves and ringlets and smeared eye makeup. However if the child places a large trophy on the dinner table and is also wearing a “sash”, there is no need for concern. Feisnation gatherings will disperse late in the day with volunteers clearing up all signs that the event ever took place.

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I am so glad to hear that we are not the only ones that have gotten the “pole dancer” comment. A few of my husband’s golf friends made the comment about how cool it was he had a “stripper” sticker on the back of his SUV and could not believe that I would really let him have it on his car. He proudly informed them that his wife put the sticker on his car and that it was for our daughter. Their reaction was really funny. Then my husband proceeded to tell them that she was an irish dancer and not a “stripper”.


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