North American boys place at All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships Sunday
By: Kathleen O’Reilly-Wild | Published Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:30 AM | Updated Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:30 AM
|Ronan Kelly, 2011 and 2012 All Ireland Irish Dancing Champion|
Photo courtesy Sylvan Kelly School of Irish Dance
Competitive Irish dancing boys aged 10 to 12 from across Ireland as well as Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States arrived early this morning at CityWest Hotel in South Dublin to vye for the 2012 All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championship titles for Boys 10-11 and 11-12.
Ruairi McCabe from Morgan in the North West Region of England defended his title from 2011 in the Boys 9-10 event, and clinched First Place in both recall rounds as well.
Ronan Kelly of Sylvan Kelly in the Connaught Region of Ireland also defended his title from 2011 in the Boys 11-12 event. Kelly holds the 2011 World Irish Dancing Championship for Boys under 11. Darragh McGranaghan from Smith McCarron in the Ulster Region of Ireland took first place for the heavy recall round and Joseph McGeown from Murchu Duiginn in the Southern Region of England won the light recall round for Boys 11-12.
Of 28 entrants in the Boys 10-11 event, three North Americans competed. Patrick Grant from Butler-Fearon-O'Connor in Eastern Canada, Tadgh Spillane from Lavin-Cassidy in Illinois and Sean Reagan from Inishfree New York all recalled and placed 6th, 11th and 10th, respectively.
|Brothers Eamon, Connor and Sean Reagan from Inishfree School of Irish Dance|
Photo courtesy Samantha Brix
In the Boys 11-12 competition, there were also three North Americans among 30 registered dancers. Dylan Arthur Packer from Trinity in the Middle America Region, Eamon Reagan from Inishfree New York and Griffin Wilkins from Harney in New England all placed at the 2011 All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships. Eamon Reagan recalled and placed 10th in 2012.
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For full results, register on-line with www.onthefeis.com, the official partner of An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha for the 2012 All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships.
Congratulations to the defending champions, and to Patrick Grant, Eamon and Sean Reagan, and Tadgh Spillane! Now relax and enjoy your time in Dublin with your family and friends!Bookmark this page and check back here on Irish Central's Irish dance page for timely updates and news from Dublin all week long!