Limerick girl Therese dances her way to a world title

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

EVEN though she has won more Irish titles than famed dancer Michael Flatley, Therese Corless is planning to pursue a career as a make-up artist rather then as a dancer.

EVEN though she has won more Irish titles than famed dancer Michael Flatley, Therese Corless is planning to pursue a career as a make-up artist rather then as a dancer.

Flatley only won the World Irish Dance Championship once but former Laurel Hill FCJ student Therese Corless, 18, has now won the top prize three times in ten years.

She was left beaming last week after scooping the world title at this year’s championship, held before 5,000 people at the City West Hotel, Dublin.

For her efforts, Therese - a daughter of Jim Corless, of Shannonside Decking and Canopies on the Dublin Road - took home a specially designed trophy sponsored by renowned dancer Michael Flatley.

Asked what she felt made her stand out, Therese - who plans to follow a career as a make-up artist - said: “The judges said I was elegant and stylish. I think I was fitter on the night, and better than the rest!”.

Of the 15 judges, ten gave her a maximum 100 points - and of the 1,500 marks available to her, she scored an incredible 1,300.

“It was a relief when I won, because I have been trying for the last few years to get back up there, but I kept hitting doors. So it was emotional, and a relief,” she told the Limerick Leader.

Now, Therese wants to try and win two more World Irish Dance Championships to take her up to the magic five.

“I am not finished yet,” she insisted, “I have won three titles, so I said I may as well go for five now. Hopefully I will be back stronger and better next year.”

But, the young woman who has been dancing for 14 of her 18 years, dedicated her latest win to good friend, UL student Patrick McHugh, who tragically lost his life to cancer last year.

“I made a pact with him that I would not give up until I won a third world title, so I really wanted to win it for him,” she explained.

Speaking to the Limerick Chronicle, Jim Corless said his daughter “worked extremely hard and showed pure determination” to land the title.

“She never had to be asked or persuaded,” he added.

Proud mother Geraldine praised her daughter’s dedication, saying: “It was hard going, but she got what she wanted. We were all behind her. She has given up an awful lot. Sometimes Therese has to miss out on going to parties, or going to the disco or not going away on weekends because she has to practice.”

Now, however, she said Therese will embark on a well-earned holiday. Then she will move to London to pursue her dream career as a make-up artist.