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Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2022

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After a very long week in Belfast, we are reflecting on our time at the Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne 2022 (WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS). We can’t begin to put into words how proud and delighted we are with every dancer that represented MCGL. What an absolute dream it has been … Having entered 22 UK, 1 Australian and 9 Mainland European dancers. We came home with 9 World Medal Holders, 7 Recall Medals, 2 Aisling award winners … AND 2 GLOBES 🌎🌍πŸ₯³πŸ€© πŸ˜€

U20 🌍 Liam Costello 1st WORLD CHAMPION WMH πŸŽ–
U16 🌎 Ellie-Kate McCarthy 4th WMH πŸŽ–
U18 πŸŽ–Mary Conway, 6th WMH πŸŽ–
Senior LadiesπŸŽ–Ellie Arthurs, 6th WMHπŸŽ–
U15πŸŽ–Olivia Delaney, 7th WMHπŸŽ–
U12 πŸŽ–Eilis Gaughan, 10th WMHπŸŽ–
U13 πŸŽ–Ava Folan, 12th WMHπŸŽ–
U17 πŸŽ–Freya McMahon, 16th WMHπŸŽ–
U14 πŸŽ–Ciarra McCarthy, 21st WMHπŸŽ–
U11 Ellen Leavens ~ 25th
U12 Ella-Rose Hursit ~ 23rd
U14 Callum Schroeyers ~ 19th
U14 Ryan Maddison ~ 31st
U15 Jayda Nsajja ~ 49th
U17 Lizzie Anderson ~ 30th
U18 Louise Fitzpatrick ~ 24th

Day two recalls for:
U14 Isobel Haynes
Senior Ladies Mary Owens
Our two Aisling award winners
U19 Maria Krawczyk
Senior Men Maciek Skwarek

Special mention to Nathan O’Sullivan, Lucie Peters, Amaia D’Souza, Alice Craig and Maria Maddison
Who all gave fantastic performances on the day.

We are so proud of our mainland European dancers that did themselves so proudly this week… Lukas Matera, Dominika Plaska, Tuua Rinne, Maria Gavlakova, Marie Viktorinova and
KateΕ™ina SrbovΓ‘.

Finally, we are truly thankful to have such an amazing team at MCGL that allowed us to be both at the event and back home keeping classes going and supporting us. We are simply a second family to each other πŸ₯°πŸ€ A big thank you to our fan club (MCGL dancers & parents) at home who spent their week glued to FeisTV – for your energy and support – thank you!

🌍 Time to get back to work and start our preparations for Montreal 2023. 🌎

Road Trips Galore!

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We love our road trips! We might only be 6 weeks into the new year but the McGL have been making up for lost time attending 7 Feiseanna in London, the Midlands, the North East and Scotland. All the events were superbly run and it was great to be reunited with so many of our feis friends from other dance schools.

Many of our open dancers contended with switching their dances due to the sad cancellation of the All Irelands; however, at least they can now look forward to their first Worlds since 2019!

It was also amazing to see out graded dancers enjoying for many their first road trip experiences.

A sincere thanks to the following Feis organisers, and we can’t wait to return in 2023!

*City of Birmingham*
*North East of England*
*Nadine Martin, Doncaster*
*Phoenix, Glasgow*
*Trainor, London*
*McCarron, Coventry*
*Kelly Hendry, Newcastle*

Interested in our next road trips? Keep an eye on our Feiseanna page for details of upcoming events!

Regional Oireachtas Season 2021

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Some fabulous memories made by our dancers around the globe with no fewer than 10 regional Oireachtas winners from 4 separate regions.

We are so proud of all our dancers and totally overwhelmed by their beautiful performances this year of all years, after coming out of lockdown.

Bring on 2022!!

πŸ₯‡U5 Champion Niamh Brennan
πŸ₯‡U9 Boys Champion Seamus Daly
πŸ₯‡U10 Girls Champion Ellen Leavens 🌎
πŸ₯‡ U11 Girls Champion Eilis Gaughan 🌎 Midlands region
πŸ₯‡U12 Boys Champion Nathan O’Sullivan 🌎
πŸ₯‡U12 Prelim Champion Chloe Corrigan (9th)
πŸ₯‡U13 Girls Champion Ciarra McCarthy 🌎
πŸ₯‡U14 Girls Champion Olivia Delaney 🌎
πŸ₯‡ U14 Girls Champion Dominka Plaska 🌎 European Region
πŸ₯‡U15 Girls Champion Ellie-Kate McCarthy 🌎
πŸ₯‡ U20 Mens Champion Liam Costello 🌎 NSW Region Australia

Dominka Plaska, European region champion 2022

Eilis Gaughan, Midlands regional champion 2022

Liam Costello, NSW State Champion 2022

πŸ₯ˆ2nd U11 Girls Ella Rose Hursit 🌎
πŸ₯ˆ2nd U12 Girls Ava Rose Folan 🌎
πŸ₯ˆ2nd U13 Boys Callum Schroeyers 🌎
πŸ₯ˆ2nd U17 Girls Mary Ellen Conway 🌎

πŸ₯‰3rd U10 Prelim Matilda Majilton (11th)
πŸ₯‰3rd U11 Prelim Bronagh Daly (12th)
πŸ₯‰3rd U12 Boys Tristan Mathieson-Stott 🌎
πŸ₯‰3rd Senior Ladies Ellie Arthurs🌎
πŸ₯‰3rd Senior Men Robert Lynch🌎

πŸ…4th U13 Boys Ryan Maddison 🌎
πŸ…4th U16 Lizzie Anderson 🌎
πŸ…4th Senior Prelim Nicola Swales (15th)

πŸ…5th U18 Amaia D’Souza🌎
πŸ…5th U12 Prelim Poppy Hughes (14th)

6th U7 Paddy O’Sullivan
6th U8 Erin O’Neill
6th U9 SiobhΓ©al McGovern
6th U13 Isobel Haynes 🌎
6th U22 Alice Craig 🌎
6th Senior Ladies Maria Maddison 🌎

7th U7 Grace Partlett
7th U11 Lucie Peters 🌎
7th U11 Prelim Leila Dowley (17th)
7th U17 Louise Fitzpatrick 🌎
7th U18 Georgia Schroeyers

8th U9 Ava Vaughan
8th U12 Prelim Caitlin Parnaby (20th)
8th U14 Jayda Nsajja 🌎
8th U16 Freya McMahon 🌎
8th Senior Ladies Mary Owens 🌎

9th U11 Niamh McLellan
9th U16 Louise Sanders

11th U17 Poppy Allen

14th U9 Aoife Malaugh

17th U13 Violet Clark

18th U9 Freya Parnaby

19th U9 Niamh Haran

21st U11 Lily Brookes

22nd U10 Jasmine Springett

29th U14 Niamh Gillen

34th U13 Hannah Ferry-Walsh
*All dancers competed at the SERC UK Oireachtas unless otherwise stated.

On the Great Britain Podium

Great Britain Championships 2021

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What a weekend at the Great Britain Championships! We are so proud of each and every one of our dancers who attended. Both your hard work leading up to the event and support for each other on the day was truly amazing. A weekend full of beautiful dancing, personal bests and making memories. The countdown for the Oireachtas is officially on!

Congratulations everyone!

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ† Top 5 πŸ†πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

U9 boys – Seamus Daly 2nd

U13 – Ciarra McCarthy 3rd 🌍

U17 – Mary Conway 3rd 🌍

U14 – Olivia Delaney 4th🌍

U12 – Ava Folan 5th 🌍

U13 Boys – Callum Schroeyers 5th🌍

U15 – Ellie-Kate McCarthy 5th🌍

Senior ladies – Ellie Arthurs 5th🌍

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ… Top 10 πŸ…πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

6th Niamh U5

6th Ellen U10 🌎

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Top 20 πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

11th Nathan U12 boys

11th Ryan U13 boys

12th Lizzie U16 🌎

12th Louise U17 🌎

14th Freya U16 🌎

20th Ella-Rose U11


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McGL Dancers Pre-Montreal World Championships

Going to the Worlds!

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McGL Dancers Pre-Montreal World Championships

McGL Dancers Pre-Montreal World Championships

So, the McGahan Lees Open Feis is over for another year – it was a brilliant, busy weekend with fabulous competitions and an amazing standard of dancing. Important for many, it provided a great opportunity for a final stage practice before the World Championships in Montreal.

These lovely McGahan Lees dancers will be there, flying the flag for McGL and SE England.

The European Championships, Spain!

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Young McGahan Lees championship at the 2015 European Championships in Spain.

Young McGahan Lees championship at the 2015 European Championships in Spain.

This May half-term sixteen of our dancers travelled to Torrevieja, Southern Spain, in order to compete at the European Irish Dance Championships. And what a success – we now have four European Champions!

  • Ellie-Kate McCarthy (Under 9 champion)
  • Emma Freeman (Under 18 champion)
  • Rowann Fellows (Over 14 intermediate champion)
  • Lola Barker (Under 8 intermediate champion)

On top of that, weΒ had eight more top three finishes, and everyone who went managed to get a top five spot!

A huge congratulations to everyone who went, including teacher Marion Flanagan who made sure everyone was ready, warmed up and raring to go.

A fantastic time was had by all – as well as the dancing, time was found to relax by the pool, go to the beach and profit from the wonderful Spanish weather. See you again next year, Torrevieja!

Ellena Nsajja, European Champion

European Champions!

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Congratulations to McGahan Lees Dancers:

  • Ellena Nsajja Under 15
  • Ellie-Kate McCarthy Under 8

Who both won their respective European Championships in Spain.

Ellena Nsajja, Under 15 European Champion

Ellena Nsajja, Under 15 European Champion

Ellie-Kate McCarthy, Under 8 European Champion

Ellie-Kate McCarthy, Under 8 European Champion

Congratulations also to all of the other McGL dancers who travelled to Spain – we are proud of you all.

McGahan Lees Dancers at the European Championships, 2015

McGahan Lees Dancers at the European Championships, 2015