Offaly dancer dreams of fame

A talented young Offaly girl is hoping to dance her way to the top on SKY 1's hit show 'Got to Dance'.

A talented young Offaly girl is hoping to dance her way to the top on SKY 1's hit show 'Got to Dance'.

Using the stage name 'Damhsa Dreams', Siobhan Phelan from Coolagarry, Walsh Island is one of 3,000 hopefuls, looking to make on the hit TV programme.

The programme is hosted by Davina McCall and the judges are Ashley Banjo who found fame as the leader of Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity, international popstar and dance sensation Kimberly Wyatt and West End tap dancing supremo Adam Garcia.

Siobhan moved to Walsh Island with her mother Sinead, father Reagan and brothers Kieran and Comghan from her native Manchester two years ago. Up until that point, Siobhan knew nothing of Irish dancing.

Now however she has countless national titles, both in Ireland and the UK under her belt. She travelled to Malaga in April where she once again won the top prize in the European Irish Dancing Competition.

Unfortunately for the Phelan family, they made headlines for another reason at that time, getting stuck in Malaga due to the eruption of the Icelandic volcano that grounded hundreds of thousands around the world.

However, the experience far from thwarted Siobhan's love of dance and she decided to try her luck in the televised dance competition.

The first prize is a quarter of a million pounds which is the largest cash prize ever on a talent show.

As in the X Factor, Irish viewers can vote for their favourite acts. Siobhan will be appearing on the show on January 23.