| Irish dance crystal awards|
Photo: Darlene White
If someone would have told me years ago that my son would have more crystal as a 14 year-old boy than I do as a married adult, I wouldn't have believed them. But, that's the case. The first piece of crystal he won was at his very first Regional Irish Dance Competition, the 2008 Southern U.S. Region Oireachtas. He gave me that crystal, his first. I can't even tell you how special that is. Yes, it's smaller than some of the crystal vases and bowls he's won since that time, and I'd gladly accept any of them too (hint hint), but it was his first, and I remember crying when he stood on the stage and received that Galway Irish crystal bud vase along with a plaque saying that he'd qualified to compete at the World Irish Dance Championships in 2009.
Cameron White 2008|
World Championships Qualifier
Holding his plaque and his Galway Irish crystal bud vase
Photo: Darlene White
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Ian Luebbers 11yrs old|
2006 All Scotland Irish Dance Championships
Photo: Laurie Luebbers
"This crystal is so memorable for me because with the new rule of only one carry-on per person, I had to put my purse in a young girl's dress bag, Ian had to carry his trophy with the Scottie dog inside and I had the huge crystal box. My arms never hurt so much with that box that got heavier and heavier with each step until finally one of the staff at the airport took pity on me and helped me carry it to our gate." ~Laurie Luebbers
Owen Luebbers 2nd Place|
2012 World Irish Dance Championships
Photo: Laurie Luebbers
Billy Petrocelli with his 4th Place Crystal Star Award|
2011 North American Irish Dance Championships
Photo: Elaine Petrocelli
Donna Barrington of Alaska has an adult Irish dancing son, Owen, who is currently touring with Riverdance. She shared that Owen has given her his crystal from his days of Irish dance competitions. One of her favorites is a piece he was awarded at the 2007 North American Irish Dance Championships in Ottawa, Canada. It is in the native Inuit shape of an Inukshuk and is very unusual.
"Owen always gave me his crystal The lifelong training on how to be a good son did pay off. ;) I love the piece from the North American Irish Dance Championships in Ottawa- it is a native sculpture in crystal. Of course, the World's crystal he won is not too shabby either." ~Donna Barrington
Shown with his 4th place Inukshuk Crystal
2007 North American Irish Dance Championships, Ottawa, Canada
Photo: Eileen Mello
"Rafe's favorite is a crystal clock. We can't remember where it came from. Damon's largest is a honking platter from Dayton that's a good 15" in diameter and has tulips cut into it. His favorite (and mine) are matching crystal urns that he got two years in a row at the Southern Classic feis. I'm threatening to have my mother and myself cremated and have our ashes put in them so we can keep an eye on him forever!"Karen Kemerer loves that she at least has temporary ownership of her son's Irish dance crystal awards.
"Tyler has won many beautiful pieces! His favorite was the Lennox Treasure chest from "Dead Man's Chest". Of course, he gives them all to me for my curio (until he moves out and takes them)! Love all those beautiful pieces!"
Tyler Kemerer and mom, Karen|
2011 Mid-America Regional Oireachtas
5th place and World Championships Qualifier
Photo: Karen Kemerer
"My son's favorite piece is a hurricane candle lamp with an Irish claddagh etched into it. I always told him I would be impressed with his crystal awards when he won a Waterford Crystal bowl bigger than the Waterford salad bowl I received as a wedding present. He was so pleased to show me that my bowl fits inside a Waterford Crystal bowl that he had won!"
9 year old Christopher Moran of the Brady Campbell Irish Dance School|
2011 Mid- America Oireachtas
Photo: Moran Family
"Cam has been fortunate to receive a lot of crystal over the past couple years. Picking his favorite would be really difficult to pin down! I think one of his favorites is the bowl from winning his first Oireachtas (about 15" diameter). It was so unexpected to win it, and to have his teachers get one as well. Last year when he won the Oireachtas again, Cameron got a huge crystal vase (about 18" high). It was so heavy he had to cradle it in his arms when holding it. We joke and call it his "crystal baby" because of how he held it on stage. The medal from worlds this year was not big in size but certainly big in his heart - it is about the size of a baseball and is engraved like a globe. Again, I think it is so cherished because it was so unexpected."
Christian Allen of the Hunt School in Maryland with his Galway Irish Crystal award|
2011 Southern Region Oireachtas
Sheila Hunt Murray, TCRG and Beverly Hunt O'Connor
Photo: Allen Family
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