Eleven-year-old Dingle dancing sensation David Geaney dreams of following in the footsteps of Michael Flatley.
On a quiet morning in the town of Dingle County Kerry the sound of hard Irish dancing shoes on a wooden floor reverberates from the Dingle Pub on Maint Street. Young David Geaney is getting in an some practice in his parents's pub.
Dancing since he was five years old, it was his older sister's success at a feis that sparked the interest, says grandmother Betty Moroney. David's first trophy was at a feis in Dingle, but he quickly went on to win in his categories at all the other feiseanna. Even though this young man has a natural talent his mother Susan Geaney admits that,
He hates practising but he loves dancing.
For the past three years David Geaney has been attending Scoil Rinceoirí na Ríochta in Tralee, going from strength to strength, winning the Munster Championship twice, and last year took home the Scottish, European and World Championship titles, the latter being the most prized as,
I look back and I see the names on it, and it's really cool to see who won it.
Winning the World Championship was a huge occasion for all the Geaney family, and a hero's welcome greeted him upon his return to Dingle, as his father Tom tells 'Nationwide',
There was a couple of thousand people out here on the street, a bonfire, it was great.
David Geaney also finds time to play hurling, football and soccer, but his next goal is the All-Ireland Irish Dancing Championships in Killarney. Teacher Jimmy Smith is confident that he will win,
He performs for an audience...he has self-discipline...which is very important where Irish dancing is concerned, and he is very fit.
This episode of 'Nationwide' was broadcast on 23 January 2006. The reporter is Jennie O’Sullivan.