Nicola King, then aged 11, was the first girl from this area to qualify for the World Irish Dancing Championship Finals.
There followed 13 more years of high-stepping success for the colleen from Sutton Leach.
Nicola collected the first of many North West regional titles in 1978 and her second World Championship medal in 1988 followed not to mention numerous local championships.
She told the Star: “I was encouraged to take up Irish dancing by Sister Mary, then headmistress at St. Theresas RC Primary School in Sutton Manor.
“My Grandad was a very keen Irish dancer and was always a bit disappointed that nobody else in the family had taken it up. He was from Frenchpark, just outside Boyle in County Roscommon.”
Item added : 3rd August 2019