Top dancer (12) loses court case
A 12-year-old girl has failed to secure a High Court order allowing her enter a forthcoming world championship Irish dancing qualifier.
Mr Justice Tony O'Connor ruled that Ella McCarthy was not entitled to an injunction against An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) from preventing her competing in the Irish Dancing World Championships qualifying round.
He said the legal arguments raised by Ella were "tentative" and not so strong that they would merit the granting of an injunction pending the outcome of the final hearing of the dispute.
Ella, who is ranked in the top 10 Irish dancers in the world, sought the order against the CLRG which regulates and runs competitive Irish dancing.
The court heard that, through no fault of her own, Ella, of Kranlee House, St Andrews Park, Burnetts Lane, Horton Heath, Southampton, England was not allowed to enter CLRG competitions for six months under the governing body's rules because she had switched her dancing teacher.
The judge said the CLRG was entitled to its legal costs against Ella.