Conor is on top of the world!
Published 22/04/2014 | 05:40
SLIGO has a new world champion. Conor Walsh from Rhue, Tubbercurry, won at the World Irish Dancing Championships in London.
He beat off the challenge of 55 other competitors to take the under-17 title last Wednesday.
Conor told The Sligo Champion: "I'm over the moon. I'm delighted.
"I put in a lot of hard work and it has now paid off."
Conor was twice second in the World Championships at under-15 and under-16 grades.
He said: "This beats the lot.
The 17-year-old St Attracta's student began Irish dancing when he was four years old.
He is a member of the Coleman School of Irish Dancing.
Conor danced in the Comhaltas Ceoiltoiri Eireann tour of the UK and Ireland earlier this year.
He returned to London to claim his biggest ever prize at the Hilton Metropole Hotel.
His mother Teresa said: "We're all thrilled for Conor.
"He actually gave up dancing for a year after he started, but went back to it again."
Conor danced a heavy jig and light reel in his opening rounds.
He was one of 23 dancers recalled by the 7 adjudicators to dance a heavy set.
Conor's sisters Lisa and Rachel and brothers Alan and Ronan were also there to cheer him on.
Another brother, Barry, is a Sligo under-21 and senior footballer.