Ridgefielders win second place Irish dance championships

Ridgefield residents Caroline Pickett, 13, and Mairead Luhman, 8, finished in second place in their respective age categories at the New England Regional Irish Dance Championships held in Hartford last month.

Caroline and Mairead performed as part of the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, which earned four first-place finishes and 13 top-10 spots in the competition.

The “Oireachtas,” as it’s referred to, is a qualifying event for the top Irish dancers in the region aiming to qualify for both the World Irish Dance Championships and the North American Irish Dance Championships the following year. The championships also hosts traditional set dance championships, adult dance competitions and team events.

For more information about the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, call 203-928-0689.