All a matter of taste and although great for discussion,there will never be agreement.
I don't know, if you hold the conviction that the proper speed is that the dancers will dance to, you will have to accept that the average speed of social dancing in Ireland is done at a fair speed, especially for the reels. Almost any session in Ireland I have been to generally moved at a pace slower than that required by set dancers.
A nice example here of The Laichtin Naoifa Ceiliband playing for sets at the Kilrush Fleadh of 1963 or such (the 1967 in the title is not correct, the clip was taken from an earlier film). The band included Junior Crehan, Paddy Galvin, Michael Downes, JC Talty, Jimmy Ward, Michael Falsey and others. Hardly speedmerchants any of them.
Edited by Peter Laban, 12 March 2009 - 04:38 AM.