Watch as Shannon airport hit by Irish dancing flash mob to mark Fleadh Cheoil 

Passengers at Shannon Airport were left in no doubt that the biggest traditional Irish music event of the year will get underway in Co Clare in just over a weeks time, writes Pat Flynn. 

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017 will be held in Ennis from Sunday August 13th to 21st and travellers at the midwest airport were treated to a spectacle as over 100 ‘under-cover’ dancers stepped out of the crowd to perform. 

Disguised as airport workers including cleaning staff and security personnel, the dancers aged between 6 and 16 years old, gradually emerged from corners of the packed departures hall and kicked up their heels as traditional music was played over the airport speakers.

The dancers, from the John Fennell School of Set Dancing based in Kilrush, had been practising for the past week for this mornings event. They wore Clare GAA jerseys and danced in front of hundreds of passengers. 

The flash mob event was organised by award-winning local radio station Clare FM to highlight their planned coverage of this years Fleadh. 

Following the success of last years event, the Co Clare town will host Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann for a second consecutive year before it moves to Drogheda in 2018. 

From Monday August 14th, Clare FM will host a lunchtime session from a marquee outside the Ennis town centre studios. The station’s weekday traditional Irish music programme, The West Wind, will also broadcast nightly from the marquee. 

Clare FM’s Head of Operations Padraic Flaherty said: “This event was organised to launch Clare FM’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann schedule. This Flash Mob has been weeks in the making and we are thrilled with how it turned out." 

"Special praise is needed for the wonderful kids that took part who are all great dancers, a massive thank you to their parents aswell. Without John Fennell is would not have been possible,” Mr Flaherty said. 

One man, who was returning home to the US said: “It was incredible. We didn’t know what was happening. We don’t have this kind of thing in the States. It was a nice send-off after our vacation."

"reported by the Irish examiner"

Next JIG Thing! Oscar 5 Gets TV Break! 

Twinkle-toed Irish dancer Oscar Donnelly is being tipped for superstardom after wowing comedian Dawn French on ITV’s Little Big Shots. 

The fast-footed five-year-old, who is nicknamed “Wee Mick” after Irish dancing legend Michael Flatley, charmed The Vicar of Dibley star into doing a jig on the show, which will air this week. 

Oscar, of New Stevenston, near Motherwell, is set to become a global sensation after his appearance on the programme which showcases talented children from around the world. 

Proud mum Annie Walters, 31, insists he was not fazed by his national television debut and even chatted up host French backstage.

(the show airs tonight on ITV @ 8pm 29th March)

Dawn French jigs with the pint-sized Motherwell dancer

Morino day fast approaching!!! 

This April 16th is the famous Morino day at the The Park Bar Glasgow.
bring your Morino or whatever instrument you play or simply come for the music, Craic or the famous steak pie.🎹🎙️🎶🎵🎼

Deadman/Kennedy : Lost in the Echo Video 

A good friend of mine George Deadman has just uploaded a fantastic video to youtube. 

Irish dance remix to linkin park's track "lost in the echo" performed by George Deadman and Conor Kennedy

You can check him out on facebook <here>

Enjoy! and well done George and Connor

Brand New CRN Album 

William has just released his brand new CD especially for CRN dancers. This CD feature 26 tracks and has everything from beginners to Open speeds. You also have all the traditional set dances with left and right foot at CRN speeds. To top of this CD there is a wonderful presentation track at the end. This track is ideal for presentations and warm ups. Talking of warm ups why not take a visit to his new page dedicated to long warm up tracks! take a listen by clicking HERE>>>

Brand New Website 

William has been looking forward to updating this website for quite some time now and its finally ready to share!  Here's what's new... 

An updated About page with full bio and other fun info. 
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An integrated Store: digital downloads, physical music, merch, and even a virtual tip jar! 
New Photos and Events pages with ongoing updates 
A streaming music player and music page that lets you stream (free!) or buy (cheap!) every song that he has ever released. 
Updated links to all of his outside social media and music pages. (Like and Follow him, please!) 
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