Or­lagh wins dance crown

Bray People - - DOWN THE YEARS -

April 2004

THE All-Ire­land tro­phy made its way to Wick­low as 11-year-old Or­lagh Carty re­turned from Clare with the an Comhd­hail All-Ire­land Ir­ish dancing cham­pi­onship tucked un­der her arm.

The com­pe­ti­tion in the West County Ho­tel, Ennis, for the un­der-12 crown may have been fierce but only one com­peti­tor was crowned over­all cham­pion.

Cheered on by her proud par­ents, Ca­role and Ea­monn, Or­lagh im­pressed the judg­ing panel as she glided across the floor like a young Jean But­ler. Her three broth­ers, Kevin (10), Shane (6) and Keith (2), couldn't make the jour­ney to Clare but the trio were still back home root­ing for their big sis­ter.

Or­lagh trav­els up to Shankill from Wick­low town twice a week to her dance school run by Jean Hunter, and rep­re­sents the es­tab­lish­ments first all Ire­land honours. While twin­kle-toes Or­lagh was de­scribed as be­ing in ‘shock' at her tri­umph, a glance through her track records shows just how for­mi­da­ble an op­po­nent she is.

De­spite her young years (she will be 12 on May 4), Or­lagh has al­ready amassed quite a few vic­to­ries in her short ca­reer. She re­cently won the Great Bri­tain Ir­ish dancing cham­pi­onship, fin­ished run­ner-up in the Dublin Cham­pi­onships and se­cured third spot in the All Eng­land cham­pi­onships.

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