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Fionn O Sullivan McCarthy Irish Dancing World Champion

Fionn O Sullivan McCarthy from Ballysimon has won the World Title for his age category at a prestigious Irish Dancing contest in Glasgow.

Ten year old Fionn O Sullivan McCarthy danced his way to glory at the World Championships. Fionn came out on top the under-11s category.

Fionn was victorious over 46 other children from across the globe, including countries such as  Australia, America, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Ireland. Fionn is a student of Sharon O’Brien of Scoil Rince Ui Bhriain since he was six years old.  Fionn practices his dancing for two hours a day six days a week. This is on top of his four classes a week at Scoil Rince Ui Bhriain, where he is coached for two hours a week.

The trophy which Fionn received  is sponsored by none other than Irish dance legend Michael Flatley, and a belt to mark his achievement, which is the highest level you can reach in Irish dancing.

Fionn had not expected to be as successful as he was. “All the boys in my group were equally as good” explained the Ballysimon boy. When the judges announced he had won the title, Fionn admitted he “started crying”, happy tears of course. It was a dream come through and all the hard work and practice had paid off.

Fionn had previously won the Irish Dancing national title on three occasions, as well as similar competitions in Britain, and Scotland, not to mention the provincial Munster title. Fionn is well on his way to becoming a professional dancer.

Fionn aspires to be like are Jack Quinn, a five-time world champion aged just 16, and John Lonergan, 22, from Cork.

Fionn’s family are “absolutely delighted” with Fionn’’s success at the World Championships and all his successes to date.

Members of Scoil Rince Ui Bhriain  are equally as proud and are celebrating on the double, with its minor ceili team also winning a globe for coming third in their contest.

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For more stories about Dancers in Limerick click here. 

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