James McCutcheon


Although born and bred in Scotland, James has strong Irish connections, his mother was from Mayo and his father from County Down.   He started Irish Dancing at the age of 9 and qualified as a teacher in 1983, an adjudicator in 1991, a grade examiner in 2002 and he recently became the first person from Scotland to qualify as a full examiner.

As teachers, he and his wife Noreen are proud of their Irish Dance legacy: many of their students have won competitions at national, international and world level as well as having leading roles in Lord of the Dance.
James has been a member of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha for many years and is currently (2018) the Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee. He has previously held a number of other officer positions within CLRG, including Company Director, Company Secretary, Public Relationship Officer, Chairman of the Management and Finance Committee and Treasurer.

James is delighted to be a founding member of the Marie Duffy Foundation and is Chairperson of Trustees.