Youngest male Irish dancers ready to compete!
Photo Feis America LLC (2011)

Day Two of the 42nd World Irish Dancing Championships held in Belfast and hosted by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha began with the youngest male Irish dance competitors.  Boys from around the globe aged 10-13 were delighted to meet up with old friends and make new ones, and families happily reunited for photo opportunities.  Meet 'n' Greets had been planned in advance with moms and sons working out details on message boards and Facebook's Moms to Reel Boys forum.

The newest World Irish Dancing Championships competitors are the Boys aged 10-11.  A total of 45 lads from Irish dancing schools in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States were registered to dance, and after two rounds were done, 21 recalled.  Of 15 entrants from North America, 7 recalled:  Patrick Grant from Butler-Fearon-O'Connor Eastern Canada, Kristian Gudmundsson from Dillon-Gavin, Cameron Lambert from Comerford, Brendan Ours from The Academy, Sean Reagan from Inishfree New York, Henry Sneed from Rince na h'Eireann and Colin Troy from Maguire.

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At the recent All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships, Patrick Grant placed 6th and Sean Reagan placed 10th in the Boys 10-11; in 2011, Patrick Grant, in 5th place, was the only North American in the Top 10.  In the end, Brendan Ours from The Academy was the highest placing North American in Boys 10-11, with a 4th place coup while Grant placed 8th and Cameron Lambert placed 9th.  Sean Reagan placed 14th, Henry Sneed 15th, Kristian Gudmundsson 19th and Troy came in at 21st.

Congratulations to all the competitors! Stay tuned... for more about the Boys 11-12 and 12-13 as well as the Girls 12-13 who competed Sunday at the opening of the World Irish Dancing Championships!

2012 World Irish Dancing Championships
Top 10 Boys 10-11

1- Ruairi McCabe - Morgan - England
2- Ray Shanahan - Kiely-Walsh - Ireland
3 - Ronan McKiernan - Ard Rialla O'Donoghue - Ireland
4 - Brendan Ours - The Academy - USA
5 - Adam McGhee - Coleman - Ireland
6 - Luke Donohoe - Coleman - Ireland
7 - Ciaran Rodden - McConomy Bradley - Ireland
8 - Patrick Grant - Butler-Fearon-O'Connor - Canada
9 - Cameron Lambert - Comerford - California
10 - Dean Gallagher - Geraghty - Ireland

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