As if being talented enough to Irish dance wasn’t impressive enough, this creative Irish-dancer has stepped up her game by adding a touch of hula-hooping into her performance.
Taking the stage at Oireachtas Chois Fharraige, a week-long festival held in September in the Cois Fharraige Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking district), Kirsty impressed the crowd at Tigh Chualáin pub in Indreabhán, Co. Galway, by taking up one of the more unusual props we’ve seen as she showed off her sean-nós steps (“old style” form of Irish dance).
You may be used to seeing dancers take up a broom every now and again, but as Cois Fharraige celebrated 40 years since the national Oireachtas festival was held there in 1976, it called for something special. The festival also marked the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the “Steip” dance competition to the national Oireachtas, which has now become one of the more popular highlights of the annual event.
The Oireachtas festival was founded in 1897 by Conradh na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League) to promote Irish literature, music, and singing. It is one of the cultural pinnacles of the year and continues to draw thousands annually.
The Corn Uí Riada singing competition and Steip dance competition attract big crowds as Gaels from around the world ring in the Gaelic New Year. The Oireachtas Awards for Literature and Drama are also some of the most sought after prizes by Irish-language authors and playwrights.
The festival is held in a different location each year.