Kildare town dancer impresses on world stage

Cody Darby from Kildare town with her European and World Championship medals.
Kildare’s Cody Darby was the toast of the town when she returned from the World Irish Dancing Championships and the European Championships with medals from both competitions.

Kildare’s Cody Darby was the toast of the town when she returned from the World Irish Dancing Championships and the European Championships with medals from both competitions.

Cheered on by her proud mum Annemarie, the sixth year student excelled in the U/18 category beating off some of the best dancers in the planet to be ranked eighth in the world and sixth in Europe. She was the only dancer from Kildare in her category. Both championships took place in Dusseldorf the last weekend in March and Cody is just settling back into school after the hectic schedule.

“It was brilliant. I was so nervous. When I got the call back it was amazing and then I had to dance again,” explained Cody, “It was really emotional and my family were thrilled.” There is no one prouder of Cody than her granny Kathleen who was waiting for the phone call with news of how the Kildare Town Community School student had performed. Her brother Conor (13) was also delighted. Her school announced it over the intercom on her return but she couldn’t bask in the glory for too long as the Leaving Cert student had to contend with her Irish orals.

Cody has been dancing since she was four and has won many medals but the World Championship result is her best achievement.

Cody now plans to progress to become an Irish dancing teacher herself. She said she is extremely grateful for the support of the Lisa Rooney School of Irish Dancing.

“Lisa has been amazing. She has been just brilliant. I couldn’t have done it without her,” she stresses.

Cody is thrilled with the response from her own community.

The Bishopsland Awareness Committee made a presentation to her when she returned. Her family praised all the businesses, especially James Murphy of Tesco, and the Bishopsland committee for their support for Cody, and the Lisa Rooney School of Irish Dancing’s trip to Dusseldorf.

- Niamh O’Donoghue