October 25th, 2016

Kenilworth schoolgirl jigs way to national title

FLEET-FOOTED Kenilworth schoolgirl Molly McGory is Ireland’s finest.

The Crackley Hall pupil out-jigged the opposition to be crowned the All Ireland U9 Irish Dancing Champion

Competing against 80 other dancers in her age group from across the globe at the All Ireland Championships held in Killarney, nine year-old Molly dazzled judges with her flair and technical mastery of the Reel, Heavy Jig and Traditional Set Dance.

Performing before a packed audience is becoming second nature to the modest youngster who confessed her absolute surprise at being crowned champion.

“I thought I had danced well even though it was a bit nerve wracking and I could see that I had been given high marks by some of the judges. When I found out I’d won I was just so excited.”

Molly, who trains four times a week, is now preparing for the World Regional Qualifiers later this month – although she will not have far to travel as they are being held in Coventry.

She will be joined by a number of Crackley Hall Irish dancers including fellow junior competitor Julia Loftus who also took part in the All Ireland Championships and performed well in her first major competition.

Crackley Hall Headteacher Rob Duigan said: “What outstanding news for both Molly and Julia. We are so proud of what they have achieved against dancers from all over the world. The energy and commitment required at this elite level is something all of us at the school can learn from.”