Jun 27 2013

Irish Dancing Queen from Cabra West…

Published by at 7:53 pm under News

Anne Farrell originally lived with her parents, James and Ann on Kilkieran Road in Cabra West, Dublin. When She was 20 years old she emigrated to America and took up a post with the Irish Embassy in Washington, where she met her husband Jack Richens. One of the major loves in Anne’s life was Irish Dancing. She began her dancing career when she was about five years old. On moving to Washington Anne made sure to pack her dancing shoes in the hope that she might some day be able to show other members of the embassy staff how to dance. Anne learned Irish dancing from the legendry dance master Maitui O Maoileidigh while growing up in Dublin.

In 1968 Anne turned a dance studio in Dayton, Ohio into the Richens Academy of Irish Dance which then, in partnership with John Timm became Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance and now also has a location in Dublin, Ohio, Indiana and Wyoming. She later assumed leadership positions in international Irish dance organizations and trained 49 regional champions, 11 North American champions and a dozen performers in Riverdance. Anne became an internationally renown teacher, judge, judge examiner of Irish Dancing. She also became a prominent leader within the organizations that sanction Irish dance on a regional, national and international level.

Anne died in 2011 leaving behind her husband of 48 years and their children. Anne left a great legacy of a love of Irish dancing to thousands of both young and older Irish dancers and students alike. The General Assembly of the State of Ohio paid tribute to Anne and to the memory of a truly honourable woman. Many thanks to Anne’s sister Marie who asked if she could share her sister’s memory with us…

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