2015 Irish Abroad charity ball, Hilton Hotel, Manchester.

Irish Dancers: Nina Rawlings, Shannon Flannagan, Jaicie Withers, Annabell Cawley and Ellie Rose Wal

Irish Dancers: Nina Rawlings, Shannon Flannagan, Jaicie Withers, Annabell Cawley and Ellie Rose Walker - Credit: Archant

A thrilling performance from senior world champions, the Doherty Academy West Midlands Irish Dance Group, kickstarted the Irish Abroad charity ball at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester.

There was also entertainment from cabaret artist Peter Corry and fellow Irish and international artists. Established over 30 years ago and strong supporters of Francis House, the Irish Abroad members have generously donated each year to the children’s hospice in Didsbury. The Proton Beam Therapy Unit at The Christie Hospital will also receive a donation from this year’s event.