Donegal association london
My name is Ellie O'Sullivan, I'm 19 years of age and I'm from London/Essex, England.
My Irish roots have always been a huge part of my life, with my grandparents hailing from County Tipperary, County Kerry and Dublin. They were all especially proud to be Irish and passed that same feeling onto myself, my brothers and my sisters.
After seeing Riverdance on DVD at the age of 3, I began to take Irish dancing lessons with the Maguire O'Shea Academy, and for the past 16 years Irish dancing has been my life! I ended my competitive career at age 17 after becoming 3X European & Oireachtas Champion, and achieving top 5 at major feisianna. Feis' gave me many opportunities to visit Ireland and all of my family here; my favourite time of year was always the summer holidays when my family and I would travel by ferry and spend 3 weeks driving and visiting all of my aunties, uncles and cousins... And I absolutely loved going to Puk Fair every year in Kerry!
Half way through my second year of A Levels, I I decided to audition for Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games as it had always been my dream to become a professional dancer. To my surprise I was honoured to be chosen to join the cast for a 6 month residency at the Dominion Theatre in London's Westend. I then continued my run in the Westend at the Playhouse Theatre, and was chosen to perform the lead role of 'Saoirse'. This February I was ecstatic to join the tour of the USA and Canada, and share the stage in Michael Flatley's last ever performance in Ceasars Palace Las Vegas. I feel extremely lucky to have made friends all around the world and especially Ireland, being just a flight away I often spontaneously book to come over to visit!
After tour, I decided to independently study for the exams I had left when I joined the show, and have just completed two exams in English Literature and History. I hope to continue my career as an Irish dancer, and afterwards attend University studying either English literature or History as I love to read! I would also like to pass my TCRG to become an Irish dancing teacher in the near future.
I look forward to being a part of the festival this year; I have a great love for Irish music and even though I have visited Donegal before,I have never been been to the festival! I'm extremely excited to represent London, join in all the fun and make some great friends and memories.