The Irish dancers received a heroes’ welcome in Donegal Town last night.
Four young Donegal women achieved major success at the WIDA World Championships this Easter.
Crowds lined the streets to celebrate the triumphs of Scoil Rince Tir Chonaill dancers Katie Gillespie, Ailis O Gara, Ruth Gillespie and Aoife Doherty.
The team proudly brought two world champion titles and 10 world medals home to Donegal from Sunday’s WIDA World Irish Dance Competition in Eindhoven.
Katie Gillespie, was crowned U20 World Champion while Ailis O Gara won the U25 World title.
Ruth Gillespie (Katie’s sister) defended her second place title to win an impressive Silver in the U23 category. Aoife Doherty also brought home a world medal from her first World competition.
The four young women were welcomed home to Donegal Town on Thursday with a special parade and party in their beloved Reel Inn.
Their teacher Sarah Gillespie, who is Ruth and Katie’s sister, said the World Globe titles will be a great source of pride for many years to come in Donegal.
Sarah told Donegal Daily: “The event took place over four days and was attended by competitors from all over the world. WIDA, the organisation which held the event, is one of numerous Irish Dance federations that held World Championships this Easter.
“WIDA, which is a relatively new organisation founded only in 2004, prides itself on its friendly and welcoming culture where competition stays on the stage.
“Off the stage every dancer and parent are part of the WIDA family and we’re delighted to be welcoming World Champions back to Donegal Town!”