Dancers invited to Mansion House

By Laura Larkin

DUBLIN'S first citizen praised the talents of some of the city's young Irish dancers this week in a special ceremony in Cherry Orchard.

Lord Mayor Christie Burke was so impressed with the talent of the troupe that he invited them to perform at the Mansion House in the future, says the chairperson of the parent's committee of the dancing school, Tony Smithers.

The dancers of the Doyle-Halpan school of Irish dancing enjoyed a ground-breaking round of competition in the national championships in Dublin's City West Hotel last weekend.


Dancers, aged from four years right up to 20, won a total of nine prizes between them including first-place medals in singles and ceile competitions.

Sixty local dancers train at the school.

The dancers are not the only Ballyfermot natives to be doing the area proud this summer.

Local woman Emma Shorthall is in training for the gruelling challenge or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September.

Emma, 26, is getting set to climb the Tanzanian mountain in aid of Concern.

All proceeds from her fundraising efforts will go to education and development in Tanzania, as she is funding the trip herself.

A white-collar boxing event, supported by Cherry Orchard boxing, will take place in the Green Isle Hotel in Clondalkin on August 3 to help with her fundraising drive.