Saoirse wins Scottish U-8 Irish Dancing Championship for Edinburgh Academy

Eight-year-old Saoirse Ferguson who has just been crowned Scottish U-8 Irish Dancing Champion pictured against a backdrop of her native city.

An eight-year-old girl with strong Castleisland influences and roots has just been crowned Scottish U-8 Irish Dancing Champion.

Saoirse Ferguson’s mom Olive Geaney Ferguson has lived in Scotland for over 20 years but still visit her home in Castleisland a couple of times every year.

“I wanted my children to never forget their Irish heritage so, at the age of three, I enrolled Saoirse in an Irish dancing academy in Edinburgh,” said Olive.

Loved it from the Start

“She loved it from the very first class and now, four years later, she still loves it she is constantly dancing around  in the house.

“Sometimes, to the annoyance of her brother Daragh, and even when we go for a walk in the park she could break in to a dance.
“She has won many titles over the last four years and coming sixth in the world championships last April was a high point as her dance teacher put her forward for the competition,” said Olive.

Around the Kitchen Floor

Saoirse competed in the Scottish championships in October. She dancing a reel, a slip jig and a single jig on her way to being crowned Scottish Champion Dancer at U-8.

“She gets her love of dancing from her grandparents, Ann and Joe in Castleisland. They would often take her for a dance around the kitchen floor when we are at home,” said the justifiably proud mom.
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