2011 North Jersey Championships
Matt Mulvey, Men 18 & Over and
Hali Thorne, Girls under 17
both from Gilleoghan Irish Dance - Connecticut
Competitive Irish dancers from several regions flocked to Suffern, New York for the McLoughlin School/North Jersey Irish Dancing Championships on October 2, 2011. Nine stages with live musicians and a panel of distinguished adjudicators, as well as a generous vendor area and food concessions made for a large and busy venue. From the littlest dancers to grandparents and strollers, this Irish dancing competition is an important pre-Oireachtas event for North American championship-level Irish dancers.


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Results for the McLoughlin Feis/North Jersey Championships were tabulated by the experts at FeisWeb and we share some of the Top Three awards here. Special congratulations to those dancers who won their championship with perfect scores by all three adjudicators: Shannon Corrigan (Early-McLoughlin), Mairead Early (Early-McLoughlin), John Ferns (Denogla), Erin Green (O'Grady-Quinlan), Lachlan Nidds (Broesler), Jacob Parkman (Harney), Brooke Romeo (Hagen), Kerri Tfechornton (Mulvihill-Lynch), Paige Turilli (Inishfree), and Colin Vecchiariello (Gilleoghan).

For full results for this and many other North American Irish dancing competitions, visit FeisWeb.

Preliminary Championship under 8 Boys and Girls
1st Hannah Cunniffe (Marie Moore),
2nd Sara Sam-Zee-Moi (O'Rourke)
3rd Darin Douglas Carlin (O'Rourke)

Preliminary Championship under 9 Boys and Girls
1st Ronan Burke (Shea-Jennings)
2nd Jillian Collins (Gilleoghan)
3rd Emma Johnson (Hagen)

Preliminary Championship under 10 Boys and Girls
1 Alison Guidarelli (Hagen)
2 Caitlin Lynch (Mulvihill-Lynch)
3 Jillian Scanlon (Verlin)

O'Rourke Irish Dancers waiting for awards.
Open Championship Boys under 14
1 Matthew Dougherty (Inishfree)
2 Alex Lucas Papados (Culkin)
3 Conor Frehill (Broesler)

Open Championship Girls under 11
1st with a perfect 300! Kerri Tfechornton (Mulvihill-Lynch)
2 Seana Isaac (O'Grady-Quinlan)
3 Shannon Karlok (Peter Smith)

Open Championship Girls under 12
1st with a perfect 300! Brooke Romeo (Hagen)
2nd Kaitlyn Curtis (Johnston)
3rd Clare Murray MacRitchie (Murray)

Open Championship Ladies under 19
1st with a perfect 300! Shannon Corrigan (Early-McLoughlin)
2 Madeline Muench (Murray)
3 Austen Keim (O'Grady-Quinlan)

Top Four Ladies 18 & Over:
2nd Erin Collins, Champion Erin Green, 2nd Lisa Murphy and 4th Erin Kiley

Top Five Open Champions Girls under 14:
5th Emma Henricks, 3rd Clare Ahern, Champion Caitlin TeeKing, 2nd Gabrielle Haddad, 4th Shannon Umhafer

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