Irish dancing will be boost for Buncrana

Cara Bacon and Lucy McLean of the Marlene Dunlop School of Dancing pictured during the Irish Dancing Festival at Maconaghie Hall on Saturday.
Cara Bacon and Lucy McLean of the Marlene Dunlop School of Dancing pictured during the Irish Dancing Festival at Maconaghie Hall on Saturday.

A major Irish Dancing competition Buncrana bound in October is set to bring over one million euro revenue to the town.

With hotels and B&Bs already booking up in the town and further afield the Ulster Irish Dancing Championships are proposed to take place in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel from 26th to 30th of October.

The competition will be open to all dancers aged from 4 to 21 years and will include all nine Ulster counties and County Louth will be participating in the competition.

Last year’s competition which brought over 1.5 million euro was held in Letterkenny with great success.

At the Buncrana Town Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday evening, Town Clerk Seamus Canning said he was proposing the Town Council put up the 10,000 euro sponsorship in order for the dancing championship to come to the town.

“This is a prestigious event and it had great benefits to the town, in fact one man commented how the ATM machines ran out of money over the weekend there was so many people about. The town manager, believes this is a worthwhile venture, we just need to decide whether or not we use our development fund to fund this proposal.”

Mayor Nicholas Crossan said he believed this could be a huge money spinner for Buncrana and the whole of Inishowen.

“Hotels in the town are booking up already and I believe the Ballyliffin Hotels are starting to get interest too. I think it is a leap of confidence for Buncrana and a big boost for businesses and hotels in the area.

“I would like to formally propose we back this motion.”

Colr Joe Doherty added he had already booked in a group of 25 people coming to it for the three nights.

Independent Councillor Michael Grant said he thought it was a perfect example how Buncrana Town Council works together for the advantage of the area.