One young man from Ballydevitt outside Donegal Town has succeeded where everybody else has failed in bringing a world championship back to Donegal for the second time.
Gerard Byrne who is a familiar face to many in Donegal Town and indeed to everybody on the Irish Dancing Circuit has clinched the World Championship Irish Dancing 2014 title in the Hilton London Metropole.
Gerard is a member of the renowned McNeilis Cunningham School of Dance who are no stranger to the world of dance themselves having performed worldwide with the famous Riverdance troupe.
Speaking to the Donegal Democrat Claire McNeilis said, “We are just so proud of our Gerard Byrne world champ 2014. We left Boston last Easter after placing 2nd as a result of a trip on the stage and although we were devastated at the time we put in place a 12 month plan and said this day next year Gerard will be the World Champ again.
“Hours and hours of practice and training have gone into this win, winning the Ulster, All Ireland and British titles along the way but throughout we only had one aim, bringing the world title back to Donegal Town and we have done it.
“Firstly, as teachers, we want to thank Gerard and his family, Gerry and Christine, for dedicating this year to winning this title and we would like to thank our own families.
“As teachers we spend hours everyday training and teaching dancers, we couldn’t do it without the support of our own families.
“The celebrations continue tonight in London and we look forward to celebrating in Donegal when we return home.”