Thursday 17 October 2019

Lords and Ladies of the Dance showcased at the Balbriggan Féis

Around Fingal

Young Irish dancers from Fingal and across the country, as well as England and Scotland, took part in the Balbriggan Féis recently, held in Clann Mhuire GAC in Naul, where beginners and world champions alike competed over the course of a busy, but hugely enjoyable weekend.

Five hundred-and-sixty dancers, aged from under five to teens competed at the Féis on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 last.

Owner of the McFadden O'Shaughnessy School of Irish Dancing, Damien O'Shaughnessy, spoke of how the day went:

'The event went really well. We had about 560 dancers from about fifty to sixty schools across the country, so we had great representation nationwide. The standard of dancing was excellent. The world championship is due to take place in Kilarney in April, so quite a few were out getting some competition practice in beforehand.'

He said: 'Myself and my wife run our own Irish dancing school, and local teachers would help us run the event, and then teachers from all over Ireland and the UK brought dancers along to participate as well.'

Damien says the Balbriggan Féis is an annual event, but that Irish Dancing organisation An Comhdhail holds events most weekends throughout the year. He says there are 'quite a few' schools in the Balbriggan area, running into Skerries, Lusk and Rush and as far as Drogheda, who all took part in the Féis.

He said: 'I'd just like to thank the six adjudicators from across the country, the musician, all the parents and pupils in our own class, and all the local teachers in the area who came along and supported the event as well.

'I'm not sure how much we raised for our charity, Irish Guide Dogs, but last year we raised €2,000, so hopefully it'll be something similar.

Fingal Independent