Donegal Irish dancer performs on
by Linda McGrory
NEWSNIGHT viewers were left reeling last night when
Jeremy Paxman chose to close the BBC2 show with two
champion Irish dancers.
The World Irish Dancing Championships will take
place in London this week for the first time in
their 44-year history.
Paxman invited two young world champions, Gerard
Byrne from Co Donegal and Julia O'Rourke from New
York to perform to close the iconic current affairs
programme with a hard-shoe reel.
A smiling Paxman even showed off the glittering
trophy that dancers from around the world will
compete for this weekend.
The poker-faced newsman declared that young Gerard
from Donegal Town and Julia “know a thing or two
about a reel”.
The World Irish Dancing
Championships will welcome between 15,000 – 20,000
people to London over the Easter weekend.
Even London Mayor Boris Johnson got in on the act.
"It is brilliant news that this globally admired and
historic aspect of Irish culture is dancing right to
our doorstep in London. With thousands of people
expected to come and soak up the atmosphere, the
championships will be a fantastic jamboree of dance
and a vital boost to London’s economy," said