The Maguire O’Shea Academy has been running for over forty years. Kathleen Maguire has won three world championships and together with her husband Michael Maguire they have produced many World, All Ireland and all major champions, with many of their dancers going on to perform in major shows such as ‘Riverdance’, ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Magic of the Dance’. They have six children, five of which have performed with Riverdance. Darren their eldest son has performed the lead in the show, Michael was also with the same troupe and trained for the understudy. Their youngest son Ciaran has performed in Dancing on Dangerous Ground with Colin Dunne and Jean Butler. He is now a lead in Magic of the Dance. Katie performed with Riverdance for eight years and was Dance captain while the troupe performed in China and Japan. Ellie has toured all over the world with Riverdance and is now back home teaching with Maguire O’Shea.
Many of their other pupils are also lead dancers in various shows, making Maguire O’Shea one of the most successful schools in the world. Their youngest daughter Ellie won the World Championship three times making Irish dance history, being the first mother and daughter to both win the world championships.