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History of the Worlds
With the introduction of Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne, the World Irish Dancing Championships, in 1970 – probably the single most important development in Irish Dancing in the eighty years history of An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the role of An Coimisiún rapidly changed from a national legislative body to that of a global body. The founding fathers of the World Championships were Seamus MacConuladh, former secretary, chairman, and laterally Chief Executive of An Coimisiun, and Maitiu O Maoileidigh, long time Ceannasai an Oireachtais and laterally chairman of the Oireachtas Committee, both of whom have since passed away. From humble beginnings in the tiny theatre of Colaiste Mhuire in Parnell Square in Dublin Oireachtas Rince na Cruinne has grown into an international event of immense proportions, with a standing undreamt of back in the nineteen-thirties. One has only to look at the media interest in the event to gauge the influence it has had in placing our Irish Dancing on a world stage. Until 2000, when the event moved to the magnificent Waterfront Hall in Belfast, the World Championships had never moved outside the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland. Since then the event has been held on a number of subsequent occasions in Belfast, as well as being held on three occasions in Glasgow, Scotland, and in 2009 in Philadelphia, PA, in the USA. - www.clrg.ie
Ladies Mens Pictures Facts
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Alliyah O'Hare
Aiesha Coyle
Emma Casey
Keeva Corry
Julia O'Rourke
Cyra Taylor
Fiona Dargan
Codie Shiels
Etain Mulvenna
Kevinah Dargan
Clodagh Roper
Therese Corless
Roisin Timoney
Aisling O'Meara
Tanya Crooks
Elan McConomy Bradley
Emma King
Michelle Lawrence
Eve McGettigan
Aoife Curley
Aoife Curley
Deborah O'Keefe
Deborah O'Keefe/LouiseConnolly
Bernadette Flynn
Michelle McKittrick
Stacey Lynch
Catriona Hale
Gemma Carney
Patricia Conlon
Emer Clarke
Caroilne Healy
Grainne Feely
Grainne Feely
Veronica Meehan
Marian Walsh
Deirdre McLoughlin
Patricia Brown
Maria Cronin
Foina Sheridan
Caroline O'Leary
Siobhan Ni Mhathuna
Celine Wiley
Catherine McConnell
Margaret Mullen
Ashton Canty
Fionn O'Sullivan
Diarmuid McShane
Ronan O'Brien
Sean Slemon
Ruairi McCabe
Ronan Kelly
John Whitehurst
Jordan McCormic
Conor Carlton
Colm Conneely
Trent Kowalik
David Geary
Conor Walsh
Thomas Duern
Michael McHugh
Dean Crouch
David Lydon
Declan McHale
Eanna Ryan
Eanna Ryan
Shane Ryan
Niall Holly
Bobby Fox
Ronan Sherlock
Gareth Unsworth
Niall Kerwin
John Carey
John Carey
Michael O'Gallagher
Cian O'Nuallain
Michael McCloskey
Colm O'Se
Colm O'Se
Kevin McCormack
Thomas Kearns
Jamie Feahy
Declan Burke
Colin Dunne
Eamon Lee
Raymond Stewart
Eoin O'Suilleabhain
Eoin O'Suilleabhain
Brendan Brady
Bertie Roddy
Peter O'Hare
Peter O'Hare

Michelle Lawrence, 1996
(6 titles)

Julia O'Rourke, 2010
(4 titles as of 2017)
Colm O'Se holds the most
world titles, at 11

Catroina Hale wins her first of
8 Worlds titles in 1987

Deborah O'Keefe wins her first of
8 Worlds titles in 1991

There were no Worlds in 2001
because of foot and mouth outbreak
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Cyra Taylor
Shannon Bradley
Shauna Ryan
Rebecca Reed
Katherine Vincent
Heather Carr
Therese Corless
Shannon Daly
Suzanne Coyle
Tanya Crooks
Elan McConomy Bradley
Jordan Osborne
Joanne Kavanagh
Eve McGettigan
Aoife Curley
Leona McCarron
Deborah O'Keefe
Louise Connolly
Bernadette Flynn
Kerry Hutchinson
Martina O'Mahony
Caitriona Hale
Karen Gleeson
Julie Regan
Jared Marshall
Daniel Lynn-Callanan/Lochlan Howard
Tiernan Fahy
Callum O'Neill
Ruairi McCabe
Ronan Kelly
Gerard Byrne
Jack Quinn
Connor Carlton
Sean Downes
Richard Murray
David Geary
Conor Walsh
Thomas Duern
Fergal Keaney
Ronan McCutcheon

Suzanne Coyle, Glasgow 2002
(5 titles as of 2014)
New age category for mens 2002
New age category for ladies 1986
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Alliyah O'Hare
Aiesha Coyle
Cosette Debourbon
Keeva Corry
Brogan McCay
Cyra Taylor
Amy Mae Dolan
Shauna Ryan
Mary McAvoy Morgan
Megan Ryan
Caroline Gray
Gabriella Wood
Shannon Daly
Aoife Kennedy
Aisling O'Meara
Elan McConomy Bradley
Ellie Maguire
Michelle Lawrence
Stephanie Power
Sinead Fallon
Leona McCarron
Debbie O'Keefe
Orla Clarke
Suzanne Cleary
Michelle McKittrick
Martine O'mahony
Caitroina Hale
Eileen Martin
Julie Regan
Chelsea Muldoon
Mandy Hennigan
Mandy Hennigan
Grainne Feeley
Veronica Meehan
Veronica Meehan
Marian Walsh
Deirdre McLoughlin
Coureen McLoughlin
Mairead Gray
Foina Sheridan
Frances Reid
Celine Wiley
Celine Wilet
Emer Ni Mhaoileidigh
Maria Wogan
Marianna Clarke
Lochlan Howard
Tiernan Fahy
Sean Slemon
Tadgh Spillane
Ronan Kelly
John Whitehurst
Jack Quinn
Eamon Kiching
Sean Downes
Richard Murray
Joe Bitter
John Lonergan
Ryan Stevenson
Fergal Keany
Ronan McCutcheon
Dean Crouch
David Lydon
James Keegan
Eanna Ryan
Shane Ryan
Shane Ryan
Bobby Fox
Bobby Fox
Gareth Unsworth
Gareth Unsworth
John Carey
John Carey
Pat Roddy
Michael Donnellan
Cian O'Nullain
Colm O'Se
Colm O'Se
Kevin McCormack
Kevin McCormack
Donal Conlon
Colin Dunne
Seamus Conlon
Seamus Conlon
Raymond Stewart
Raymond Stewart
Kieran Lynch
Francis Agnew
Bertie Roddy
Peter O'Hare
Peter Boylan
John McEntaggart
John Burns

John Whitehurst, 2012
(3 titles as of 2014)
Grainne Feely (1983) wins first
of 10 Worlds titles
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Simone Loysen
Cosette Debourbon
Orla Mullane Godley
Brogan McCay
Cyra Taylor/Melanie Valdes
Shannon Bradley
Ann Paige Turilli
Michaela Hinds
Katherine Vincent
Niamh Taylor
Marnie Smith
Shannon Daly
Suzanne Coyle
Siobhan Casey
Deborah Whelan
Ashling Fox
Joanne Kavanagh
Stephanie Power
Aoife Curley
Arlene O'Brien
Debbie O'Keefe
Roisin Turley Gibbons
Bernadette Flynn
Michelle McKitterick
Arlene Ni Bhaoill
Tara Barry
Eileen Martin
Julie Regan
Sorcha McCaul
Siobhan Lambert
David Pyke
George Semple
Tadgh Spillane
Ronan Kelly
John Whitehurst
Jack Quinn
Peter Dziak
Sean Downes
Caolon Lynch
Joe Bitter
Conor Walsh
John Fitzgerald
Fergal Keany
Ronan McCutcheon
Andrew Trill
Liam Tighe

Brogan McCay, 2013
(3 titles as of 2014)
New age category for mens, 2002
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Julia O'Rourke
Cyra Taylor
Shannon Bradley
Paige Turilli
Michaela Hinds
Sinead Carson
Niamh Taylor
Megan Kerrigan
Lauren Early
Suzanne Coyle
Siobhan Casey
Ciara Sexton
Leanne Curran
Michelle Lawrence
Stephanie Power
Eimear Murphy
Erin Davidson
Debbie O'Keefe
Roisin Turley-Gibbons
Bernadette Flynn
Niamh Roddy
Arlene Ni Bhaiill
Catroina Hale
karen Gleeson
Emma Jane Lavin
Sorcha MCaul
Mandy Hennigan
Grainne Feely
Graine Feely
Tracey Taaffe
Elizabeth Murphy
Deirdre McLaughlin
Deirdre McLaughlin
Ann Coleman
Ann Coleman
Mairead Gray
Denise Sherlock
Frieda Gray
Frieda Gray
Maureen Duffy
Maria Wogan
Maria Wogan
Imelda Florence
Catherine Cronin
George Semple
Ethan White
Joseph McGeown
Gerard Byrne
Jack Quinn
Peter Dziak
Sean Downes
Drew Lovejoy
Joe Bitter
John Lonergan
Ryan Bleach
Jason Hays
Ronan McCutcheon
Andrew Trill
Aidan Garvey
Declan McHale
James Keegan
Alan Kennefick
Alan Fox
Alan Fox
Bobby Fox
Antoin O'Searcaigh
Christopher Doyle
John Carey
Conor Smith
James Devine
Michael Gallagher
Cian O'Nuallain
Colm O'Se
Colm O'Se
Kevin McCormack
Kevin McCormack
Donal Colon
Dara O'Nuallain
Colin Dunne
Seamus Colon
Eoin O'Suilleabhain
Kevin Nealon
Kieran Lynch
Francis Agnew
Tim O'Hare
Bertie Roddy
Martin Brennan
Eoin O'Briain
John Burns
John Burns

John Carey, 1993
(8 titles)
Kevin McCormack (1985) wins
first of 10 Worlds titles

Kevin Nealon (1979) wins forst of
7 Worlds titles
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Lauren Finglas
Julia O'Rourke
Melanie Valdes
Shannon Bradley
Melissa McCarthy
Michaela Hinds
Sinead Carson
Heather Carr
Megan Kerrigan
Lauren Early
Suzanne Coyle
Aisling O'Meara
Ciara Sexton
Elan McConomy Bradley
Kelly Stephens
Aoife Clarke
Eimear Murphy
Erin Davidson
Kelly Hendry
Roisin Turley-Gibbons
Bernadette Flynn
Carol Hetherington
Fiona Harold
Tara Barry
Eileen Martin
Emma Jane Lavin
Sorcha McCaul
Mandy Hennigan
Maria Gray
Tracey Taaffe
Gareth O'Connor
Ronan Kelly
Matthew Gardiner
Jack Quinn
Peter Dziak
Sean Downes
Caolan Lynch
Joe Bitter
Gerard McNamee
John Fitzgerald
Fergal Keaney
Ronan McCutcheon
Gerard Carson
Garrett Coleman
Declan McHale
Shane Kelly

Ciara Sexton, 2004
(5 titles)
New age category for mens, 2002
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Saoirse Deboy
Melanie Valdes
Shannon Bradley
Paige Turilli
Michaela Hinds
Sinead Carson
Niamh Taylor
Gabriella Wood
Lauren Early
Claire Greaney
Aisling O'Meara
Ciara Sexton
Ashley Smith
Kelly Stephens
Joanne Kavanagh
Sinead Fallon
Erin Davidson
Debbie O'Keefe
Roisin Turley-Gibbons
Bernadette Flynn
Carol Hetherington
Fiona Harold
Catroina Hale
Eileen Martin
Emma Jane Lavin
Sorcha McCaul
Caroline Healy
Grainne Feely
Tracey Taaffe
Dara O'Shea
Caroline Greene
Deirdre McLaughlin
Deirdre McLaughlin
Julie Loughlin
Ann Marie Doyle
Mairead Gray/Fione Gaye Snowdon
Denise Sherlock
Celine Wiley
Janey McGardle
Maureen Duffy
Maria Wogan
Maria Wogan
Catherine Cronin/Immelda Florence
Catherine Cronin
Maureen Sheridan
Marian Cleary
David Carberry
John Whitehurst
Jack Quinn
Conor Walsh
Sean Downes
Caolan Lynch
Joe Bitter
John Lonergan
Michael Putman
Fergal Keaney
Ronan McCutcheon
Gerard Carson
Garrett Coleman
Declan McHale
Shane Kelly
Ciaran Plummer
Anthony Fallon
Michael Belvitch/David Bellwood
Michael Belvitch
Marty Dowds
Christopher Doyle
Christopher Doyle
John Carey
James Devine
James Devine
Cian O'Nuallain
Colm O'Se
Colm O'Se
Kevin McCormack
Kevin McCormack
Neil Regan
Colin Dunne
Colin Dunne
Brian Gant
Eoin O'Suilleabhain
Kevin Nealon
Kevin Nealon
Aaron Crosbie
Emmanual Harrison
Tim O'hare
Stephen Gallagher
Michael Flatley
John Burns
John Burns
George Fergusin
Jimmy Johnson
Jimmy Johnson

Caroline Healy, 1989
(1 title)

Marian Cleary, 1970
(1 title)
Michael Flatley wins his only
Worlds title, 1975. Dances at the
Eurovision song contest 19 years
later, in 1994
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Melanie Valdes
Shannon Bradley
Shauna Ryan
Layla Heal
Sinead Carson
Niamh Taylor
Megan Kerrigan
Lauren Early
Claire Greaney
Maggie Darlington
Donna Griffin
Ashley Smith
Ellie Maguire
Michelle Lawrence
Sinead Ellis
Matthew Gardiner
Jack Quinn
Gavin Shevlin
Sean Downes/Mitchell Hodges
Drew Lovejoy
David Geaney
John Lonergan
John Fitzgerald
Michael McHugh
James Greenan
Gerard Carson
Shaun Higgins
Stephen Carolan
Eanna Ryan
Ciaran Plummer
Tim Seeman

Ashley Smith, 2005
(3 titles)
New age group 2002
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Rohan Bole
Alannah Murray
Ellen Kennedy
Niamh O'Brien
Sinead Carson
Niamh Taylor
Therese Corless
Lauren Early
Claire Greaney
Caoimhe Ni Bhaolain
Ciara Sexton
Leanne Curran
Kelly Stephens
Michelle Lawrence
Linda Martyn
Aoife Curley
Erin Davidson
Debbie O'Keefe
Roisin Turley-Gibbons
Emma Robinson
Fiona Harold
Catroina Hale
Catroina Hale
Julie Regan
Emma Jane lavin
Sorcha McCaul
Grainne Feely
Grainne Feely
Tracey Taaffe
Caroline Greene
Carol Leavy
Carol Leavy
Voureen McLaughlin
Mairead Gray
Mairead Gray
Ruth Garrett
Freida Gray
Owen Luebbers
James O'Farrell
Colm Conneely
Michael Gardiner
David Geaney
John Lonergan
Cathal Keaney
John Godley
James Greenan
Gerard Carson
James Breen
Stephen Brennan
Edward Searle
Kieran Lockhart
Allan Scarriff
Anthony Fallon
Nicholas Fallon
Nicholas Fallon
Paul Cusick
Christopher Doyle
John Carey
Pat Roddy
Stephen McAteer
Stephen McAteer
Colm O'Se
Colm O'Se
Kevin McCormack
Kevin McCormack
John Jennings
Colin Dunne
Daire O'Nuallain
Brian Grant
Liam Harney
Kevin Nealon
Kevin Nealon
Aaron Crosbie
John Gallagher

John Lonergan, 2012
(6 titles)
New age category 1980
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Shannon Bradley
Paige Turilli
Michaela Hinds
Ceili Moore
Niamh Taylor
Therese Corless
Lauren Early
Gavin Shevlin
Colm Conneely
Michael Gardiner
David Geaney

Ceili Moore, 2014
(1 title)
New age category in 2011
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Paige Turilli
Michaela Hinds
Sinead Malone
Alesandra Doughty
Therese Corless
Olivia Griffin
Claire Greaney
Claire Greaney
Deirdre Robinett
Donna Griffin
Sarah Lennon
Ellie Maguire
Michelle Lawrence
Fionnuala McDaid
Aoife Curley
Angela Crowley
Sinead McLoughlin
Amy Siegel
Noelle Curran
Tara McConomy Hegarty
Catroina Hale
Fergus FitzPatrick
Caolm McKeating Lynch
Conor Simpson
Conor O'Brien
John Lonergan
Cathal Keaney
Jan Gaca
Conor O'Sullivan
Gerard Carson
Aiden McGinley
Stephen Carolan
Ryan McCarthy
Gary Collins
Anthony Fallon
Anthony Fallon
Timothy Kochka
Antoin O'Searcaigh
Conor Holmes
Raymond Walls
Darren Smith
Damien Noone

Darren Smith, 1997
(1 title)

Claire Greaney, 2011
(6 titles)
New age group 1996
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Zoe Griffin
Nadine Martin
Nadine Martin
Claire Greaney
Suzanne Coyle
Emily Pender
Ciara Sexton
Ashley Smith
Cecily Charlton
Lizzie Ellis
Nicoke Zepcevski
Carla O'Brien
Sinead McLoughlin
Kathy Irvine
Kathy Irvine
Darinagh White
Noelle Curran
Paula McManus
Theresa O'Sullivan
Sorcha McCaull
Julie Regan
Grainne Feely
Grainne Feely
Caroline Greene
Caroline Greene
Caroline Greene
Carol Levy
Ann Gallagher
Bernadette Trainor
Bernadette Trainor
Mairead Gray
Mairead Gray
Ann Gallagher
Ann Gallagher
Freida Gray
Ann Gallagher
Freida Gray
Monica Buchick
Imelda Florence
Imelda Florence
Imelda Florence
Marion Cleary
Kathleen Maguire-O'Shea
Kathleen O'Shea
Kathleen O'Shea
Ruth Petony
Brian Perry-Carrera
Josh Ruddock
Ian Gott
Jason Hays
Tyler Schwartz
Michael Holland
Morgan Comer
James Breen
Scott Doherty
Owen Barrington
Dermot Cullen
Byron Tuttle
Dermot Cullen
Timothy Kotchka
Steven Brunnings
John Carey
John Carey
Sean Hennighan
Raymond Walls
Gary Healy
Michael Donnellan
Conor Hayes
Damien Noone
John Timm
Kevin McCormack
Colin Dunne
Colin Dunne
Colin Dunne
Paddy O'Donnell
Liam Harney
Brian Grant
Kevin Nealon
Kevin Nealon
Aaron Crosbie
Aaron Crosbie
John Gallagher
John Corry
Jimmy Johnson
John Corry
Jimmy Johnson
Gerald McWilliams
Jimmy Johnson
Tony Roddy
Tony Roddy
Tony Roddy
Dan Armstrong
Dan Armstrong

Ruth Petony, Seniors 1970
(1 title)

Kathleen O'Shea, 1971,1972,1973
(3 titles)
Colin Dunne (1989) wins his
7th, 8th, and 9th Worlds title

John Carey wins his last two Worlds
titles, 2000, 2002

Michaela Hinds wins her 7th title, 2017


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