Derry girl Fiona is new Ulster champ

Fiona Temple.

Fiona Temple.

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Nineteen year-old Derry girl Fiona Temple was crowned champion at the Ulster Irish Dancing Championships in Carrickfergus recently.

Fiona, who has been dancing since she was two years old, comes from a family of Irish dancers.

Fiona Temple.

Fiona Temple.

Fiona was the first pupil of Scoil Rince Cathair Na Mballai (The Walled City School of Dance) when the school was formed nearly nine years ago by her sister Michaela Temple and her mother and father Shaun and Caroline Temple.

Fiona saw off stiff competition from other girls her own age at the competition earlier this month and said she was over the moon when she realised she had come first.

“I was absolutely delighted when I found out I had won,” said Fiona.

“It’s made all of the hard work and sacrifice extra special. Irish dancing is something I absolutely love doing so to win a competition is just extra special.”

Fiona is an assistant teacher at Scoil Rince Cathair Na Mballai and once she completes her studies at the University of Ulster she plans to become a fully qualified dance teacher along side the rest of her family when she retires from competitions.

“Dancing is something that will be with me forever. It’s something that I have been raised with. I just hope I can be as good a teacher to the young ones coming through,” she smiled.