WINNER: Caoimhe O’Halloran from Kilcummin, second place Globe Winner, U12 Girls.

By Sean Moriarty

Several young Irish dancers from the Aine Murphy Dance Academy represented Killarney at the recent World Irish Dancing Championships Greensboro, North Carolina.

A total of 10 dancers entered the competition and they returned with a total of three Globes, a World Medal and four recall medals.


The first success was Caoimhe O’Halloran from Kilcummin, who claimed second in the U12 Girls category on the first day of the event.


This was followed by Mark Clifford, from Killarney, who came second in the U16 Boys Competition and Seán Slemon from Moyvane, who claimed third in the U17 Boys, who was already crowned All-Ireland Champion earlier in the year.

Mark’s sister Saoirse added to the haul of world medals by winning one in the U13 Girls Competition.


Dancers Eloise O’ Doherty, Ellen Burke, Liam Healy and Emma Kent all made it through to the final rounds of their perspective competitions and brought home four more medals.

“These dancers worked tirelessly over the past few months to prepare for these World Championships and their success in Greensboro made it the school’s most successful World Championships to date,” Aine Murphy, Head Teacher, said.






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