I am really excited with our school's decision to send more teams this year to the Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas, our region's world qualifier. We will be sending a four-person team to defend our trophy in the Under 10 age category, as well as new entries in the Under 12, and possibly Under 8 category for the first time. The dance "The Humours of Bandon" is hundreds of years old and I am delighted to celebrate a traditional dance in this way.
Entering in an Oireachtas brings exposure to both a higher caliber of dancing and a wider range of competitors. We will have the opportunity to compete with top dancers at the World Championship level, as well as schools from all over New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Our dancers will travel to Philadelphia over Thanksgiving to compete. They will bring back their experiences to share with their classmates which will enrich our entire school. The program at Dunleavy Irish Dance is unique and the dance community of Western New York has taken notice! I am looking forward to participating in the Oireachtas and modeling the Dunleavy values of teamwork, dedication, and good sportsmanship through the presentation of our dancing.
On behalf of the teachers, parents, and dancers at Dunleavy I would like to congratulate our 2016 Oireachtas Humours of Bandon dancers! We know that you will dedicate yourselves in representing Dunleavy in the highest form possible, thank you for your commitment and hard work.