Leading Sean Nos dancers confirmed for Ballinrobe show

Some of Ireland’s leading Sean Nos dancers – including Ireland’s Got Talent finalist Emma O’Sullivan – have confirmed they will take part in the world amateur premiere of The Pirate Queen in Ballinrobe.


The Sean Nos troupe will consist of Aisling, Irene and Michael Cunningham; Gearoid and Patrick Devane; Liam Scanlon and Emma O’Sullivan.

Ballinrobe Musical Society expect to attract a total audience of 5,000 people to the show, which runs from Thursday, February 11th to Saturday, February 20th.

“We are delighted that this group of Sean Nos dancers has agreed to come together to perform in our show. They have shown incredible generosity of spirit by agreeing to come on board – the Sean Nos dancing scenes are a major part of The Pirate Queen, which tells the story of Granuaile, the legendary Sea Queen of Connacht,” said Ballinrobe Musical Society chairman Pat McGovern.

“This is the first time this group will dance together, and I know it will add so much to our show. Sean Nos dancing is traditional in this area, and was also extremely popular in the time of Grace O’Malley.

“Sean Nos dancing is enjoying a strong revival, thanks in no small part to talented dancers such as these.”

Emma O’Sullivan is a finalist in the televised Ireland’s Got Talent competition. “We are all really looking forward to taking part in The Pirate Queen,” she said.

“It is an incredible undertaking by Ballinrobe Musical Society to take on the world amateur premiere of a show that has previously run on Broadway.

“We were impressed with the enthusiasm of everyone involved in Ballinrobe, and we hope we can bring something to the show.”

A native of Renvyle, Co. Galway, Emma has made numerous television appearances, and has also toured extensively in Ireland, continental Europe, USA, and Asia. She has performed with well-known artists Sharon Shannon and Martin O’Connor, and was one of the headline acts of the Volvo Ocean Race stop-over in Galway.

She is also a teacher of Sean Nos dancing, and was crowned All-Ireland Sean Nos dancing champion at the Letterkenny Oireachtas in 2009.

Tickets for the musical go on sale on February 1st, from Sean Costello, Abbey Street, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, tel 094 95 41405.


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