Local Glenfarne Irish Dancer, Aidan McLoughlin, along with his team mates from Scoil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh, Dundalk, were recently crowned World Champions at The 42nd World Irish Dancing Championships held in Belfast.
Aidan started dancing at the age of 7 with the Faragher School of Dancing run by Clare Faragher Mc Morrow where he had many successful years, the most recent being crowned All Ireland Scór Sinsear Champions in 2011 in the Figure dance competition.
Aidan now lives in Drogheda, Co. Louth, where he has worked as a primary school teacher for the past three years. Last year he joined Scoil Rince Mona Ni Rodaigh in Dundalk and recommenced his competitive Irish dancing career.
The school is run by world renowned dance teacher Mona Ni Rodaigh-Uí Lionainn, Maria McCaul-Mohan, along with Mona’s daughters Dearbhla Lennon (from TG4’s ‘An Jig Gig’) and Ciara Lennon. This year their Senior Mixed Ceili team struck gold when they were crowned World Champions for 2012, beating off stiff competition from teams from England, Wales, Canada, Boston and further afield.
Along with winning in the team competitions, Aidan also took home a very respectable 15th place in the Senior Mens Solo competition.