Niall has the world at his talented feet

Niall Burke gives a demonstration of the talent that took him a World title at last week's school assembly.

Niall Burke gives a demonstration of the talent that took him a World title at last week's school assembly.

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Cathedral Primary pupil Niall Burke showed off the skills that made him a World champion when he travelled to Ireland last month.

The P7 pupil competed at the An Comhdhail World Irish Dancing Championship which was held in Killarney.

In the boys’ under-11 category Niall came first with his solo heavy jig, winning the gold medal, and was awarded sixth place in the overall championship.

The overall competition is judged by five world class adjudicators who can award up to a maximum of 100 points each.

They gave Niall a total of 259 points which made him the top non-Irish performer in his category.

Niall’s achievement was all the more remarkable as an injury threatened to force him to pull out of the competition altogether.

Cathedral Primary head teacher Maria Shields said: “We are very proud of Niall, this was an amazing achievement and as a school we are delighted for him.

“We are even more pleased as he was suffering from an injury to his ankle so we weren’t even sure he was going to be fit enough to dance.

“However, he bore the pain and his hard work has paid off, Niall is a role model for all pupils in our school.”

Niall was accompanied to the championships by his biggest fan, his mum Eileen.

At last week’s Cathedral Primary assembly Niall, who trains at the McLaughlin-Cannon Academy, gave the whole school a demonstration of his talent, much to the delight of all the pupils.