Having studied Business Studies in Dundalk RTC she then moved to Germany in 1992 and turned her passion to teaching others and performing. She toured with various Irish groups throughout Germany dancing at festivals and cultural events.
Mary is one of the pioneers of Irish Dancing in Europe and devotes her time to promoting Irish Dance on the continent. Mary is currently Vice President at RTME and has worked on the Overseas committee at CLRG for the past 9 years and most recently completed 4 years in the Chair of this committee. Her committee has reintroduced the Overseas Award as the new Aisling Award and continues to promote Irish Dancing to new regions throughout the World.
Her students enjoy plenty of competitive success and many have medaled at World Championship level. Mary qualified as an ADCRG in 2009 and has judged at Oireactasi all over the USA, Great Britain’s, Irish Nationals , North American Nationals and All Scotlands. Mary has judged in cities from as far away as Vladivostock to Buenus Aires.
Mary is the founder of Tir na nOg over 23 years ago and the reason why the school has enjoyed so much success is down to her sheer passion and devotion to teaching others. Mary currently teaches full time in Landstuhl and Ramstein to students from all nationalitys, German, Irish , English and American military children . She makes regular trips to Munich classes.
Shane began dancing at the age of six and under the instruction of Anne Callanan he had much competitive success, most notably ranking 4th in the world. At the young age of 16 he started his professional dance career with Riverdance. During his years with the show he traveled across North & South America, Europe, Asia and Australia performing on stages and television stations across the globe. Since leaving Riverdance Shane has gone on to have principle roles in many productions such as 'The High Kings', 'Dancing Thru the Ages' and 'Ragus' and is the featured dancer with the 'Niamh Ní Charra Band'. In 2009 he had the honor of the invitation to accompany Irish President Mary MacAleese on a state visit to Luxembourg where he performed for royalty and dignitaries representing Irish culture.
Shane resides between Ireland and Munich, Germany where he co-directs the Tir na nOg Irish dance School which has locations in Germany and Poland. His students are among the first Mainland Europeans to compete and medal at World championships and have over 30 European Championship titles between them. He travels regularly to conduct workshops and to date has has taught 1000′s of dancers around the world in countries such as Germany, Poland, USA, France, Spain, Austria, Serbia, Israel, Czech Republic, Russia, Kuwait, Argentina & Ireland.
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