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Local Irish Dancers Excel at the Western Region Oireachtas

~ Saturday, November 22, 2014

Eric Crone of Tir Conaill Academy of Irish Dance in Tucson placed first for the boys under 12 at the Western Region Oireachtas championship held in Phoenix November 21-23, 2014. Tori Schull from Maguire Academy of Irish Dance in Tucson placed first for the girls under 16. They both qualify to dance at the Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2015 (World Championships of Irish dance), to be held in Montreal March 29-April 5, 2015. The Western Region encompasses 11 western states. Congratulations, Eric and Tori!

Tir Conaill boys Liam Boyd and Tristan Holmes qualified for the Worlds by coming in 2nd in boys under 13 and 3rd in boys under 11, respectively. Other local World Qualifiers are Bella Bravin of Maguire, who won 2nd place, and Meghan Crownhart of Tir Conaill, who came in 17th, in girls under 14, a competition with 129 competitors, Tir Conaill’s Liam Critchley, who won 3rd in boys under 17, and Channing Stirrat who came in 13th in girls under 15, and Maguire’s Lexi Plevel, who won 5th in under 20. Congratulations to all of the Tucson World Qualifiers!

Tucson dancers who qualified to dance at the North American Irish Dance Championships July 2-6, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island, in addition to the Word Qualifiers, are Maguire dancers Ethan Kaczynski 6th in boys under 8, Juliette Duncan 7th in girls under 8, Taryn Howells 18th in girls under 16, Natalie Hall 17th in girls under 13, and Rylne Voss, 8th, and Sequoia Fitzsimmons, 21st, both in girls under 9, Lauren Tucker, 30th in girls under under 18, and Kayley Bright 20th in girls under 19.

Too young to go to the Worlds but placing highly were Tir Conaill’s Patrick Baumann, 3rd in boys under 9, and Olivia Murphy, 10th in girls under 8.

Tir Conaill’s under 8 and under 12 mixed ceili teams each came in 3rd. The Maguire under 8 girls ceili team came in 4th. The Maguire ladies ceili team came in 3rd, and the Tir Conaill ladies ceili team came in 4th out of 8 teams competing.

Congratulations, dancers!


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