The Carol Leavy School of Dance won 25 medals at the Ulster Dance Championships held in Ballybofey last weekend – and the headline act among them was Eamonn Smyth’s who’s fourth place finish was enough to secure him a place at next spring’s World Dance Championships.
The youngster from Stickillen qualified for the world championships, to be held in Glasgow, having climbed from fifth to fourth in the standings in his category at the annual Oireachtas Rince Uladh in Donegal.
His success comes shortly after his fourth place podium finish in the Boys Under 11 category at the The All Scotland Irish Dancing Championships in Glasgow last month.
Speaking after the event, Eamonn’s teacher Carol said this was a great achievement for Eamonn, who continues to climb pup the podium placings despite only having taken up dancing a relatively very short time ago.
“Eamonn is a terrific student and works so hard, it is great to see him have such success in a short time,” Carol said.
The instructor and owner of the renowned Ardee dance school had even more success as Ardee girl Erinn McGuinness placed 19th in the very competitive Under 16 Girls category while Emily Callan, Niamh Rogers and Aoibhinn Cunningham also brought home Ulster medals to the town. Sarah Wall, Carol’s niece and granddaugher or Pat and Maureen Leavy, placed 17th in the Girls Under 12 section.
In total, the school won an impressive 25 Ulster medals at the Championships including Diarmuid MacShane’s third Ulster title, Leona Mulvey also acheived fourth place in the girls Under 12 and Fiachra O’Hanlon placed fifth in the boys Under 14 – all superb achievements for these young competitors.
Ahead of the All-Ireland competition, which is scheduled for Killarney in February, the dance school return to training this week with much work and practice to do.
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.