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Council reception for Cullyhanna world title winning dancing sisters

Two Irish dancing sisters from Cullyhanna were guests of honour at a special reception hosted by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council at the Palace Stables, Armagh recently.

Olivia (22) and 12-year-old Caitlin Murray were invited to attend the event to mark their success in this year’s World Irish Dancing Championships, held in Greensboro, North Carolina in April.

The sisters were crowned world champions in their respective categories of Ladies 21-23 and Girls Under-12.

The dedicated siblings train out of McConomy Bradley Doherty Academy in Derry, and travel there up to four times a week.

Their joint win makes them the first pair of sisters to both attain world glory at the World Irish Dance Championships in almost 40 years, an achievement Olivia has previously described as “really special”.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Mealla Campbell with World Champion Irish Dancers, sisters Olivia and Caitlin Murray from Cullyhanna.

Following on from her success on the world stage, Olivia has decided to tour with Riverdance for a year before settling into her chosen career of teaching.

“I went straight from school to do my Maths degree and then my PGCE so I am going to take a year.  My summer job is dancing with Riverdance so I would love to do the 25th anniversary tour for a year and then settle down and find a teaching job,” she said.