Irish dancers make their mark in Tattoo

MID-ULSTER Irish dancers from the McKenna School are among those performing in one of the largest events taking place in Northern Ireland this year.

They are part of a Tyrone contingent who will take part in the Walled City Tattoo, which will be staged on Ebrington Square in Derry~Londonderry from Wednesday, August 28 to Saturday, August 31 as part of the UK City of Culture 2013.

A hit with ticket buyers, the show is proving so popular that a fourth night has just gone on sale.

The group are represented by Highland dancers from the Blue Thistle Dance School in Drumquin, and Irish dancers from Guthrie, Barretts, Kerrigan, Groogan O’Doherty and McKenna Dance Schools.

The Tattoo dancers, who range in age from six to 28, will put on a unique display of these two traditional dance forms. They make up only a small proportion of the 500-strong cast of performers from Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK who will participate in this summer’s Walled City Tattoo.

A showcase of international and local talent, The Walled City Tattoo will give audiences the chance to watch the world’s leading drums corps, Top Secret from Switzerland, perform their phenomenal routine as part of a 90 minute production.

The event’s line-up will also feature The Crossed-Swords Pipe Band, Afrikan Warriors, Sontas, various mass brass and melody flute bands and Highland and Irish dancers. The ever-popular age old tradition of the Massed Pipes and Drums will also be performed.

The Walled City Tattoo takes place in Ebrington Square, Derry~Londonderry from Wednesday, August 28 to Friday, August 30 from 8:45pm.

Tickets are priced from £18.50 and for more information visit www.walledcitytattoo.com. To book visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk or phone 028 7126 4455.