Irish Business Association Helps Send NJ Youth To Irish Dance Championship In Dublin

CLARK – The Irish Business Association (IBA) recently donated $500 to David Janovsky, a New Jersey youth who will be competing in the 2011 World Championship of Dance, or Oireachtas Rince Na Cruinne, in Dublin, Ireland, April 17-23.

Janovsky, a resident of Manville, recently placed fifth in the men-under-18 category of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Oireachtas Rince Irish Dance competition in Philadelphia, qualifying for the world championship.


The New Jersey-based IBA comprises business owners and professionals of Irish descent from throughout North-Central New Jersey and combines business interests with cultural pursuits, according to Al Nunan, the association’s president.

“The Irish Business Association is committed to promoting the business interests of our members,” Nunan said.  “However, there is no separating business from pleasure with the Irish.  We are founded on our shared Irish heritage and Irish dancing is very much embedded in our culture.  Supporting David was a perfect opportunity for us to put the collective resources of our members behind a fine cultural cause that links the land of our forefathers with our home, New Jersey.”

Janovsky is a graduate of Manville High School and a freshman at the University of New Haven.  Son of an Irish mother, he became interested in Irish dancing just eight years ago and has performed for local school groups, at St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and for charity functions.  Qualifying for the world competition has been a life-long dream, he said.

“Who would have thought that a young man named David Janovsky from Manville, New Jersey, would get the opportunity to compete in the top Irish dance competition at the world championships in Dublin,” he asked.

The $500 donation from the IBA will help Danovsky cover the cost of transportation, accommodations, meals and registration.

The Irish Business Association meets the third Tuesday of each month at Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Clark.

Al Nunan, president of the Irish Business Association, presents Irish dancer David Janovsky with a $500 donation to support his trip to the World Championship of Irish Dance. (Photo courtesy of Irish Business Association)

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