Manchester’s Irish Festival puts its Dancers on European Map

Manchester’s Irish Festival puts its Dancers on European Map Manchester’s Irish Festival puts its Dancers on European MapManchester’s Irish Festival puts its Dancers on European MapManchester’s Irish Festival puts its Dancers on European MapManchester’s Irish Festival puts its Dancers on European Map

Manchester’s Irish Festival puts its Dancers on European Map
This year’s 17th Manchester Irish Festival certainly put its Irish dancers on the European Map when it once again broke the European record of staging Europe’s biggest Irish Festival. With over 200 events staged at 80 different venues over 17 days the massive celebration of Irish Culture won praise from An Taoiseach - Enda Kenny (Irish Prime Minister) who sent a letter of congratulations to the festival for organising the biggest Irish Festival in Europe outside of the Emerald Isle.

The city is home to the following Irish Dancing Schools:
The Lally School, Morgan school, Burke School, Moore School, Ciara Kennedy School, McAteer School, Ward Mallison School, Herring Clarke School, the Mcgloughlin school and the newly formed Keegan Academy of Irish Dance. The Academy was formed by Lord of the Dance star and three times world champion – James Keegan and his sister Louise the choreographer of the internationally famous YGG troupe.

The troupe was recently asked to appear of the BBC’s famous children’s show ‘Zing Zilas’ along with the traditional musicians, Dezi Donnelly, Mike McGoldrick and Sharon Shannon. They hold their classes at The Chorlton Irish Club in Chorlton in South Manchester.

Amongst the Irish dancing highlights during the festival was the launch of a new professional Irish Dance troupe called ‘The Reel Deal’ which staged its first sell out show at the prestigious m19 bar & venue in Levenshulme village. The troupe of award winning dancers are all former members of the internationally famous YGG troupe who have appeared on numerous TV shows including the BBC’s ‘Blue Peter’ and ‘Songs of Praise’.

The Festival hosted numerous Irish dancing classes and children’s workshops where over 800 school children enjoyed learning their first Irish dancing steps.

Tony Hennigan the press officer for the festival said “This years festival was another massive success, it just continues to get bigger and bigger each year. It is great to the third and fourth generations of Irish keeping the culture and the spirit of Ireland burning brightly in the UK.”

For more information visit

www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk