Champion dancer set for Limerick music festival

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Niamh O'Brien, King's Island, enjoying a mayoral reception last summer
IRISH champion dancer Niamh O’Brien will light up the Milk Market this Sunday, as she takes part in the city’s first Irish traditional music and dance festival.

IRISH champion dancer Niamh O’Brien will light up the Milk Market this Sunday, as she takes part in the city’s first Irish traditional music and dance festival.

The King’s Island youngster, 19, has just returned from Germany where she has been touring with a group, Dance-perados of Ireland.

And she will swing straight back into action on Sunday at 1pm, when she will accompany Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann groups from across Limerick City and County.

The brainchild of metropolitan district Mayor Michael Sheahan, the event will see Comhaltas branches from Ahane, Castleconnell, Ardagh, Castletroy and Garryowen among others come to play their music.

“I won the world championship in London last April, and the mayor invited me for a reception in his office. As Limerick was the City of Culture, he was saying he would love to get a trad fest going in the Milk Market. He asked me if I would be interested in performing, and I said of course I was,” Niamh said.

Asked who she models herself on, Niamh said: “There are a lot of dancers in the world who have been so successful. You have to look up to what they have achieved and one day achieve as much as them.”

The first Ceol and Damhsa Traidisiunta Luimnigh kicks off at 1pm this Sunday in the Limerick Milk Market.

Although Mayor Sheahan says the line-up of players is “99% there”, he would still like to hear from groups who would like to be part of the event.

For more information, telephone 087-9930553.

Alternatively, you can email mayor@limerick.ie.