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Radio presenter to open Irish-dance studio in Ballinrobe

Radio presenter to open Irish-dance studio in Ballinrobe

Galway Bay FM presenter, Ballinrobe-born Alan Murphy is turning a lifelong passion into a profession. The popular radio presenter is about to open his own dance school – The Alan Murphy Academy of Irish Dance – in Ballinrobe.
The 30 year old began dancing at the age of four and his competitive career, which spanned 14 years, saw him win three Connacht titles and numerous all-Ireland and world medals.
The Ballinrobe native was recently awarded his TCRG teaching certificate by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha. Speaking about the launch, Murphy said he was ‘over the moon’.
“It’s a dream come true to be launching my own school,” he said. “Irish dancing is my passion, and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. This is something I’ve been planning for a long time so it’s great to finally be realising it. I’m so excited.”
Murphy, who has travelled the world through dancing, is opening the school next month in his new studio in the heart of the town. Classes will be open to beginners and advanced dancers.
Murphy believes children can really benefit from Irish dancing. “Kids get so much out of it. As well as the obvious fitness benefits, they gain huge confidence from being on stage week in and week out,‘ he explained. “They also learn discipline and how to work hard for what they want, along with these benefits they make friends forever. Dancing has helped me in every area of my life, especially in my media career. I owe a lot to dancing.”
Murphy plans to keep the classes small so that the dancers get the best teaching possible. “I want them all to reach their maximum potential and to be full of confidence and self-belief.”
Alan Murphy has worked in Galway Bay FM for over eight years, and he currently presents The Social Network every week from 8pm to 10pm.