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Irish Dancing

April 2016 - Cullybackey’s Dancing Queen

Cullybackey College pupil, Jemma Stewart, spent her Easter holidays unlike the rest of her peers. Instead of relaxing and catching up on some well-earned sleep, Jemma was off to Dublin for the CRDM Irish Dance World Championships Under 17. Completing two dances, a reel and a modern set dance, Jemma proudly earned herself the much coveted 2nd place trophy.

Jemma Stewart - 2nd at the World Irish Dancing Championships

May 2014: Chloe Irwin - 19th in World Championships

Click to enlargeCongratulations again to Year 10 pupil Chloe Irwin. After her excellent performance at the Dublin Open, Chloe was recalled to take part in the prestigious World Championships in Kilkenny where she earned an outstanding 19th place. Well done Chloe.

March 2014: Chloe Irwin 7th in Dublin Open

Click to enlargeYear 10 pupil Chloe Irwin danced at the Dublin Open Championships on Saturday 29th March. This is a major competition in the Irish Dancing calendar. Chloe earned a 1st place in preliminary and 7th in the Championships. Well done Chloe.

2013: Irish Dancing - Success at Leinster Interpros

Click to enlargeCongratulations to Chloe Brown and Jemma Stewart who performed exceptionally well in the Irish Dancing Ulster Provincial Championships in Letterkenny over half term. Chloe (Year 8) was placed 1st in the heavy jig and 3rd in the reel and Jemma (Year 12) was the overall Ulster champion. Well done girls. Chloe Irwin, Cathy Reid, Megan Ross and Lauren Kernohan also participated to a high level for the Seven Towers School of Irish Dancing.

All Ireland Irish Dancing Championships 25th-27th June 2010

On Friday morning we went to the bus and we set of to Dublin. It was a 3 hour journey but the time flew in because we were trying to make the people in cars behind us wave to us and honk their horns!

When we got there we went to our apartments which were called Abberley Court Apartments. When we were settled in we started to get ready. We had to wear wigs - some wigs were bun wigs and some were full head wigs. We also had to put make-up on. When we were all ready to go we got on the bus to the Feis. Once we got there we started to dance.

On the first two days we had individual competitions.

Cathy got two 2nd places in the single jig and the slip jig, two 3rd places in the hornpipe and treble jig, a 7th place in the reel, a 6th place in light double jig, a 5th place in the in the Visitor's Championship and an 8th place in the Open Championship.

Jemma got a 1st place in the reel, a 3rd place in the Visitor's Championship, a 4th place in the hornpipe and a 6th place in the open championship.

In the team competition on the third day we won 2nd place in the jig and a 3rd place in the Iron Stitches.

On the Monday morning we got packed and headed home on the bus. We had a really good time in Dublin and look forward to the next time.

By Cathy Reid (8A1) and Jemma Stewart (8A2)