Dance finals put on Irish classic

Anya Murphy, a member of Margaret Murray School of Irish Dancing, with her under-7 Championship Cup alongside the widow of Carfin man John McGinley who presented the trophy in his memory

Anya Murphy, a member of Margaret Murray School of Irish Dancing, with her under-7 Championship Cup alongside the widow of Carfin man John McGinley who presented the trophy in his memory

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AN Irish dancing event hosted by a Carfin-based school has been voted a resounding success.

Margaret Murray School of Irish Dancing staged the first annual Caledonia Championships at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

A total of 300 competitors from 25 Ah Comhdhail Irish dance schools throughout Scotland, England and Ireland took part in more than 200 separate categories.

Margaret Murray, who teaches a class at Little Flower Hall in Carfin, said: “It was a huge success thanks to the helpers from my own school and the support of teaching colleagues.

“We had local sponsorship from the Railway Tavern, John Clark Funeral Home, Celtic Yarns and Apex Hotel Group.

“Parents and dance schools also sponsored the championships. Without the support of all these people the event would not have taken place.”

Margaret, who has been teaching Irish dancing in Carfin for nine years, said feedback was ‘very positive’ and people were already looking ahead to 2013.

She added: “It’s great we’ll have this event on our doorstep each year. Ravenscraig is a superb venue.”