SEE GALLERY: Donegal man signs up with Riverdance

Great birthday present for Riverdance's new recruit

Donegal has enjoyed a great relationship with Riverdance ever since the McNelis sisters and Isobel Cunningham from Ardara joined the troupe in the early years.

That tradition continues to this very day when Ardara woman, Megan Walsh appears on The Late Late Show tonight along with Amymae Dolan, who danced for Pope Francis and the newly signed Gerard Byrne from Donegal Town.

Last weekend the three dancers all celebrated their success in the prestigious Harvey's Point Hotel at the Champions Ball where both Gerard Byrne and Emily Colangelo were lauded for their World Championship success in the US this year.

The young Donegal town man got a very pleasant birthday present on Monday morning when he received an email from Riverdance confirming that he has been accepted into the world-famous troupe.

Gerard will be dancing with Lord of the Dance in November and then moves to Riverdance in January.

Paula McNelis of the McNelis Cunningham School of Dance said: "We are all just delighted for Gerard and all the other dancers from the school here in Donegal who are presently dancing with the show. It is a testament to their passion and hard work and they deserve all the success that comes their way. 

"We are looking forward to seeing them on the Late, Late tonight."

Pictured are Megan Walsh, Gerard Byrne, Amymae Dolan and the group of champions with their mentors

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email To contact Donegal Post, email To contact Inish Times, email

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.