A ten year-old Derry girl won the Under-11 Irish Dancing World Championship in Canada last month.
Caoimhe Devlin, from Foyle Springs, is a student at the Scoil Rince McConomy Bradley and after travelling to Montreal last month she saw off competition from over 150 other dancers from all over the world to win.
“I was so happy for Caoimhe,” said proud mum, Andrena to the ‘Journal’ yesterday.
“I think when Caoimhe found out that she had won she realised all her hard work had paid off.”
Caoimhe, a pupil at Holy Family P.S. has been Irish dancing since she was four years-old and she trains five times a week.
“Caoimhe is the Scottish, Great Britain and Ulster Champion for her age group too - she has had to work very hard to get to where she is.
“God love her, she is the most modest wee thing too. She is not letting any of it go to her head.”
On their return to Derry from Montreal on Easter Sunday, Caoimhe’s family and friends organised a special home coming for her.
“The support she has received has been amazing and the home coming party was great fun.
“None of this would be possible without Caoimhe’s teachers Rosetta McConomy-Bradley, Elan McConomy-Bradley and Matthew Ferry.
“Holy Family P.S. held a party for her too. I am just so proud of her.”
She added: “Caoimhe is back practising already. She is getting ready for the World Championships in Glasgow next year. Fingers crossed she wins again.