Connect with us

News

Kilcummin’s Caoimhe is world dance champion

Published

on

0226602_Unknown-24.jpeg

By Sean Moriarty

A 14-year-old Kilcummin girl is celebrating this week after she won the World Championship in Irish Dancing.

On Wednesday, Caoimhe O'Halloran faced 210 other girls in the An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha (CLRG) World Championships in Belfast.

CLRG is the oldest and largest world governing body for competitive Irish step dancing.

This a different competition to the Chomhdháil World Irish Dance Championship which is taking place at the INEC this week.

Caoimhe, who trains locally with the Áine Murphy Academy of Irish Dancing in Gneeveguilla, was judged on three different disciplines at the competition, a hornpipe, reel and set.

The St Brigid’s Secondary school student was determined to go one better than her second place at the CLRG world championships in North Carolina three years ago.

The international competition did not run for the last three years due to the pandemic but there has been several Irish competitions since then.

Pre-COVID Caoimhe won the All-Ireland title and last November she was crowned Munster champion at an event in Killarney.

Her proud mother Geraldine said her success was down to serious commitment and dedication.

“Caoimhe was determined to go one better than Greensboro,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “She practices three evenings a week, for three hours, so there were a lot of hard calls made. There was no meeting friends and other things teenagers get up to.”

Advertisement

News

30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

Published

on

0279711_0259395shutterstock662847781.jpg

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

Continue Reading

News

Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

Published

on

0279697_Iryna_HalaievaOSullivans_Cascade29.jpg

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

Continue Reading

Last News

Sport