Dancer Mark on cloud nine

Mark Clifford
Mark Clifford

A YOUNG Killarney performer was dancing on cloud nine after sweeping the boards at the World Irish Dancing Champtionships in London.

Ten-year-old Mark Clifford from Killarney made it to second place in the under -11 boys competition, taking home a silver medal and a globe trophy for his efforts.

The talented young dancer is also the current Irish National Champion. Dancing expertise obviously runs in the family with sister Saoirse the current Munster under-8 champion.

Both Mark and Saoirse are pupils of the Sheehan Murphy school of dancing which also trains Mary O'Mahony who won a bronze medal at the London competition. In total the school brought a fantastic 11 medals back to Kerry.

Mark will be hoping to follow in the illustrious footsteps of Dingle dancer David Geaney (19) who secured a record fifth title at the World Championships this year.

Both David and Mark regularly share the stage at the INEC in Killarney, performing in the hit dance show Celtic Steps. Speaking following his win senior dancer David paid tribute to the KIllarney based show and it's contribution to his dance style and training: "I'm thrilled to have won the world title again, I had been working towards it all year practicing a minimum of three hours a day as well as dancing in Celtic Steps in Killarney throughout the summer."