17 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

Congratulations to former Carrickmacross reporter for The Northern Standard Blathnaid McCaul, ADCRG, who recently passed her exams with An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, which means she is now a Commission Certified Irish Dance Adjudicator.
Her older sister Sorcha, who is six-time World Champion and toured extensively with Riverdance, also holds the distinction, having completed the same exams two years ago.
Blathnaid took her ADCRG along with nine others, and only four out of the ten passed, such is the high standard required. The Sorcha McCaul School of Irish Dancing aside, there is only one other dance teacher in Co. Monaghan that holds the same certification.
Last week, over lunch in the Shirley Arms Hotel, Blathnaid told The Northern Standard: “It’s a huge plug for The Sorcha McCaul School of Irish Dancing, having two teachers ADCRG certified. I can’t describe to you the anxious wait I had for the email to arrive and my elation when I learned that I had been successful in my bid.”
Taking these exams was a given to Blathnaid, who has long harboured an ambition to rise to the top of her chosen profession.
She explained that in order to qualify to even sit the exams one has to be over thirty and an Irish dancing teacher for a number of years.
A modest young lady, Blathnaid wasn’t at all keen to talk about herself, but rather wished to showcase the achievements of the dancers in attendance of the school.
Sorcha and Blathnaid are honoured to coach talented dancers in Carrickmacross and the surrounding hinterland, many of whom …

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