New book tells story of Dublin woman who became 'Lady of the Dance'

Bernadette Flynn, star of Lord of The Dance with Eddie Rowley and Marie Duffy
Bernadette Flynn, star of Lord of The Dance with Eddie Rowley and Marie Duffy

A BOOK telling the story of a labourer’s daughter from Crumlin who went on to become the undisputed “Queen of Irish dancing” was launched at the World Irish Dance Championships last night.

The autobiography of Marie Duffy – who Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley described as “one of the best choreographers in the world” – was unveiled at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin by author and ghostwriter Eddie Rowley.

Lady of the Dance: The Choreographer Who Helped Michael Flatley Conquer the World was the brainchild of the Sunday World showbiz editor who has been following Marie’s career for more than 20 years.

“She is a remarkable woman,” Eddie said.

Ms Duffy (71) choreographed the famous Riverdance line at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest that sparked a decades-long collaboration with Mr Flatley.

She has also met Prince Charles and staged performances at the Oscars.

Her globe-trotting career has brought Irish dancing to some of the most exclusive and glamorous events around the world.

Yet, despite teaching more world champions than any other dance instructor, Marie remains a down-to-earth Dub who never forgot her roots, according to Eddie.

Our man has written more than a dozen books on some of Ireland’s best-loved celebrities, including singer Daniel O’Donnell, entertainer Joe Dolan and Westlife.

This one is sure to be another cracking read.