Marie Duffy is one of the greatest ambassadors for the world of Irish Dance and Culture. A renowned teacher, adjudicator, examiner and choreographer of many years’ standing, she has brought, and continues to bring, a wealth of experience, integrity and personal commitment to all her work, both as a teacher and long-standing member of An Coimisiún.
And now, she and her husband Michael Pask have established the Marie Duffy Foundation, an independent private company registered in the UK and run by a group of six directors, together with a board of three other experts in the field of Irish Dance. As a non-profit making organisation, its net income will be used solely to provide financial support to individuals, groups of individuals and/or educational establishments who will be shaping the future of Irish Dance.
Initially, Marie and Mike will make yearly donations over the next five years to provide the Foundation with a strong financial basis. Longer term, it is their intention to implement fundraising activities to ensure the continuing long-term viability of the Foundation.
It is our intention to invite aspiring dancers, musicians and choreographers to apply annually for grants and awards to help them achieve their full potential.
‘A few years ago we started thinking about leaving a legacy, a way of giving something back to the world of Irish Dancing which has been so very good to us.’