Sunday 19 November 2017

World Irish Dancing Championships hoping for a leg-up with TV coverage

A dancer performs on stage during the World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin’s Citywest Hotel. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters
A dancer performs on stage during the World Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin’s Citywest Hotel. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Allison Bray and Kathy Armstrong

The organiser of the World Irish Dancing Championships has appealed for more local support for the competition.

An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha said there was a lot to celebrate about the event and was "holding out hope" that TV broadcasters would cover the event, which is taking place in Dublin's Citywest Hotel until Sunday.

Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain Uí Ruairc said she would like to see Irish dancing becoming more celebrated here. "We have a lot of competitors coming home from places like America, Canada or New Zealand," she said. "We need to make our community more aware of it again."

She added that she would love to see TV stations in attendance for coverage.

From left to right are, Melanie mark, kim bell, and emily wheeler, from the ardan academy's in Detroit, USA, at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
From left to right are, Melanie mark, kim bell, and emily wheeler, from the ardan academy's in Detroit, USA, at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Diego delgado, from Mexico, pictured after competing at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
a competitor has her photograph taken at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Diego delgado, from Mexico, competes at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
A competitor poses for a photograph at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Contestants perform at the 2017 World Irish Dancing Championships at Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Competitors pose for a photograph after competing at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Competitors pose for a photograph after competing at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
A competitor pose for a photograph after competing at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Contestants perform at the 2017 World Irish Dancing Championships at Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Competitors compete at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
False eyelases are applyed at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Irish dancers from the Dillon Mac Adhair Academy in San Francisco at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Irish dancers from the Dillon Mac Adhair Academy in San Francisco at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
Simona janikovicova, from Slovakia applys her make up, at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017
A competitor warms up at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Citywest, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/4/2017

"We're going to have 25,000 visitors here in the space of a week, celebrating Irish music and culture - I think that's newsworthy," she said. "I think sometimes the prophet isn't appreciated in their own land, when we go to Montreal or Scotland or wherever, people are breaking down the doors to get in, perhaps because it seems more exotic.

"It'd be great if the national broadcaster was here, but there's still time."

journalist Eddie Rowley launched his book ‘Lady of the Dance’ at the hotel with dancers Monaghan Flynn (13), Sarah Ebangelisti (11) and Ellie Gonzales (12), from Chicago. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
journalist Eddie Rowley launched his book ‘Lady of the Dance’ at the hotel with dancers Monaghan Flynn (13), Sarah Ebangelisti (11) and Ellie Gonzales (12), from Chicago. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

An RTÉ spokeswoman said that unfortunately it could not cover every event.

Meanwhile, a book telling the story of the choreographer behind the Riverdance line at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest has been launched.

The autobiography of Marie Duffy - who Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley described as "one of the best choreographers in the world" - was unveiled at the Citywest Hotel by author Eddie Rowley.

'Lady of the Dance' was the brainchild of the 'Sunday World' showbiz editor, who has followed her career.

"She is a remarkable woman," Mr Rowley said.

Irish Independent

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