Donegal dance show a hit at the House of Commons

Unique achievement for Drumkeen man Raymond Sweeney

Eamonn McFadden

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Eamonn McFadden

Donegal dance show a hit at the House of Commons

Titanicdance pictured outside the House of Commons.

by Staff Reporter editorial@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

One talented Donegal Irish dancer got to perform at the Houses of Commons in London as part of a dynamic new musical production.

Drumkeen man Raymond Sweeney, 34, is the creative director, producer and lead dancer of “Titanicdance”, a hugely successful Irish dance musical extravaganza that has impressed audiences in China, the USA and most recently in the House of Commons in the UK.

Donegal’s Raymond along with his talented cast members and musicians performed their skillful Titanicdance at the House of Commons on September 7 following their very successful performance at China’s International Folk Arts Festival in August.

First

Remarkably Titanicdance are the first Irish dance and music performance to take place in the House of Commons for over 1,000 years.

The occasion was to mark the 25th anniversary of SAM, the UK’s leading manufacturer of internal and external MDF mouldings.

Busy times

Now, busy times lie ahead for Raymond and the Titanicdance team as they prepare for a month long tour to Branson, Missouri in the USA.

One local resident stated: “This is a wonderful achievement for Raymond, the whole cast and for Donegal and gives great inspiration to for aspiring performers and dancers of what can be achieved through talent, hard work and dedication Raymond’s passion and talent for Irish Dancing started many years ago, at the age of 9 he started dancing with Teri Lafferty School of Dancing. His natural talent and commitment to his craft ensured many successes over the years and by the age of 16 his professional career kicked off when he joined Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.”

Raymond says he is delighted with Titanicdance's success so far and is looking forward to a busy few months.