The Ryan School of Irish Dancing has experienced a hugely successful year with pupils winning Munster, Irish and British titles in 20`14. The school, run by Michael Ryan, Ardfinnan, has been teaching Irish dancing for the past 25 years in the Tipperary, North Cork and Waterford areas.
Through hard work and dedication the school has grown to be a formidable force in the competitive world. It has over 400 pupils, around 300 of whom are from the Tipperary areas.
At the World Championships in London, six Ryan School dancers brought home world medals to the local area while the school was ranked 9th in the world last year, a great achievement for the school and local area.
Deirdra Kiely joined the school as a teacher in 2011, and is a great addition and role model for the pupils, as she has been a silver medallist at numerous world championships in the past.
This year promises to be equally successful with eleven pupils competing in the 2015 World Irish Dance Championships. They are Caroline Flynn, Niamh de Roiste, Amy Maher, David Pyke, Ava Lawrence, Doireann Ryan, Bríd O’Brien, Sarah Whelen, Evin Hyland, Kate Lyons and Michael Fogarty. And all eleven hope to do as well as last year’s classs and bring home medals from the event which is being held in Montreal, Canada in March.
The Ryan School is holding a fundraising night at Clonmel Greyhound track on Sunday, February 15. Tickets cost €20 and can be purchased from parents and teachers in the school, or contact Michael 085 8830961, Deirdra 086 0640892 or Denise 087 2975926.
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