An Irish-American dancer has received the highest US honour awarded for achievement in folk and traditional arts.

Kevin Doyle, whose mother and grandparents were Irish, was honoured last night with a National Heritage Fellowship on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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The 63-year-old from Rhode Island was taught Irish dancing at the age of eight by his Co Roscommon-born immigrant mother.

She was born in Castlerea, while his father's parents were from Longford.

His 55 years of Irish dancing were recognised by the US; it awarded him the National Endowment for the Arts, National Heritage Fellowship - the highest US honour for the arts.

Once a supermarket manager and now a retired bus driver, Mr Doyle says his plans for the future are just filled with dancing.

He currently dances with two bands and teaches several Irish dancing classes.