There was some Ardee success at last weekend’s The All Scotland Irish Dancing Championships in Glasgow, as a young member of the Carol Leavy School of Irish Dance earned a podium finish at the competition.
Eamonn Smyth of Stickillen in Ardee, placed fourth in in the Boys Under 11 category last weekend at the prestigious annual event held in the Royal Concert Hall in the city.
It was a remarkable achievement for the youngster (pictured above) given he had previously finished 11th at the championships. His jump of seven places in the table meant he secured a podium finish for himself.
Back in June, Eamonn had achieved a 12th place finish at the Irish Nationals at Dublin’s CityWest. Following on from his ninth place finish in the Under 10 category a year earlier. Visitors to the Bank of Ireland Enterprising Town event held at the old church on John Street last May might recognise Eamonn, who was part of the performing group from Carol Leavy’s school that wowed the crowds that day.
The school also further success as Diarmuid MacShane won his third consecutive All Scotland title in the boys Under 13 category. An Ardee woman, herself she is fondly remembered for her own Irish Dancing successes, winning three World titles as well as a host of regional and All Ireland titles and accolades in Britain too.
Originally from Sliabh Breagh, Carol went on to work for many years as Dance Captain with Riverdance and also acted as Dance Director the world renowned show. In total, she spent eight years with Riverdance after joining in 1996, travelling all over the world whilst there. She was also involved in the Riverdance performance as part of the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Croke Park.
Speaking after the weekend’s results, Carol said the school is going from strength to strength and particularly at the Ardee class where eight of the local children are busy readying themselves for the Ulster Dance Championships in November. “We wish them all every success,” she said.
Classes in Ardee for beginners, are every Monday in Oaklee CC, Tierney Street between 4pm and 5pm. All are welcome. For more information, you can contact Mar on 087 906 4591.