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World Irish Dancing Champion Kelly clinches Nationals - Top five results

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Ronan Kelly
2012 Irish National Irish Dancing Champion Boys 11-12
shown here as 2011 World Irish Dancing Champion
Photo courtesy Sylvan-Kelly


Two-time World Irish Dancing Champion and All Ireland Irish Dancing Champion Ronan Kelly has won the Irish National Irish Dancing Championship for Boys 11-12.

The 2012 Irish National Irish Dancing Championships, hosted at CityWest in Dublin by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, is taking place this weekend.  In the Girls 11-12 and 12-13 events, two-time World Irish Dancing Champions Keeva Corry and Brogan McCay topped the podium as well.

Conor Stack, who placed second at the 2012 World Irish Dancing Championships to Kelly's first, followed suit in Dublin with his second placement.  Both Conor Macklin and Darragh McGranaghan, 3rd and 4th respectively, placed in the Top 10 in this year's World and All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships.

Gerard Byrne
2012 Irish National Irish Dancing Champion Boys 12-13
shown here in 2nd place at 2012 World Irish Dancing Championships
Photo courtesy John Whitehurst


2011 World Irish Dancing Champion and 2012 All Ireland Irish Dancing Champion Gerard Byrne won the Boys 12-13 Irish National Irish Dancing Championship.  After winning the 2012 All Ireland title, Byrne placed second at the 2012 World Irish Dancing Championships after Carey's John Whitehurst reclaimed that title.  Also in the Irish Nationals Top 5 were Matthew Gardiner and Cian Walsh; each placed in the Top 5 at the 2012 World and All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships.

Two competitors in the Boys 12-13 Top 5 dance with Kiely-Walsh in the Munster Region of Ireland.

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Top 5 results (full results available at FeisResults) are as follows:

Boys 11-12
Champion Ronan Kelly from Sylvan Kelly in Connaught Region
2-Conor Stack from Fleming Ball in Munster Region
3-Conor Macklin from Brennan Miskelly McCormick in Munster Region
4-Darragh McGranaghan from Smith McCarron in Ulster Region
5-Eoghan Boyce from McConomy in Ulster Region

Boys 12-13

Champion Gerard Byrne from McNelis Cunningham in Ulster Region
2-Matthew Gardiner from Hession in Connaught Region
3-Aaron O'Flynn from Kiely-Walsh in Munster Region
4-Cian Walsh from Kiely-Walsh in Munster Region
5-Brendan Kerr from Doherty in Ulster Region

Congratulations to all who qualified and good luck to the rest of the weekend's competitors!

Stay tuned for more results from the Irish National Irish Dancing Championships Sunday and Monday right here on Go Feis! The Irish Dance Blog.

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