Clondalkin Irish dancers win big at World Championships

by Mark O'Brien
Michael with some of the talented dancers who tasted success at the World Championships

A Clondalkin Irish dancing school were celebrating after a truly remarkable performance at the Cumann Rince Dea Mheasa (CRDM) World Championships in Citywest.

Dancers from M.O.R.E Irish dancing picked up a slew of awards, including two world champions.

Under-9 Sarah Palmer Kindillon and Under-15 Caitlin Riordan were both named as world champions in their respective categories, while Alana Brady Browne and Lysann Rucker picked up second places in the under-11 and under-19 categories respectively.

Other highly placed contestants included Eve Curtis, Leanne Walsh, Katya Faultz and Aoife Duggan, while the ceili team took fourth place.

School founder Michael O’Reilly said he was delighted with the results, particularly given the fact that the school was only established five years ago.

Michael is a professional dancer in Johnny Fox’s and is a ten time all Ireland champion in Irish dancing.

He told Dublin Gazette that he never planned to open a dancing school but was delighted with how things have gone.

“The whole aim behind the class was to always give the kids more and be able to create something with the kids that I would have imagine that would be the best thing to give to them,” he said.

“That’s the whole reason I became a teacher. I never thought I’d become an Irish dancing teacher.

“It was a thing a did as a hobby, I was very good at it.”

Michael soon realised that the 9 to 5 life wasn’t for him.

“I went off to college and did loads of other things, like business management and then one day I got a job in insurance and I said this isn’t for me. I finished there and set up the school and this is where I am now.”

His previous experience has helped him in his new venture.

“It stood to me in a way in that I know how to run things,” he said.

“With the class getting the success that it has at the moment, it’s drawing a lot of attention to the class.”

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