Eithne Walls – Doctor, Former Riverdance Star

by Jonathan on June 2, 2009

Eithne Walls was a doctor and former Riverdance dancer on Broadway.

Eithne Walls was a doctor and former Riverdance dancer on Broadway.

Eithne Walls, one of the three identified Irish passengers on Air France flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Monday was a doctor and former Riverdance star. Eithne was a talented dancer who spent a year with Riverdance on Broadway in New York, before studying medicine at Trinity College, Dublin. She was also a former Irish dancing star.

Julian Erskine, the executive producer of Riverdance described Eithne Walls a long standing member of the dance troupe who was well-known and liked. “They’re all devastated. She was very popular and talented member of the troup”, said Julian.

Eithne was a competitive dancer for than 20 years and won many medals from the All-Ireland, American, British, Ulster, and World Championship.

In 2000, she retired from competition and became a member of the Riverdance troupe. She performed with the troupe on Broadway for a year before studying medicine at Trinity College.

While in college, Eithne remained a member of the troupe’s “flying squad” and returned as a full-time member in 2004 for its summer appearance at the Gaiety Theatre. She was among the Riverdale cast that performed at the 2003 Special Olympics in Dublin along with The Corrs and U2.

Eithne was traveling home from Brazil with her two friends, Aisling Butler and Jane Deasy. The trio graduated from Trinity College, Dublin two years ago.

Our heart goes out to the families of Aisling Butler, Jane Deasy, Eithne Walls, and all of the other victims of this devastating tragedy.

Sources: BBC | Belfast Telegraph

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  • http://Website A.L

    An incredible woman, beautiful, gifted and unique. Total sadness with your passing.

  • http://Website SB

    Eithne, for those of us who knew you, you blessed our lives with your caring and loveable nature. Your parents and family must be so proud to have brought up a much loved, beautiful, intelligent and talented young woman. Each of us will always have many special memories of you where we will laugh, cry and gladly remember your wonderful personality. Raymond, Mary and your sister and brothers should all know that we are all thinking and praying for them. They have been truly blessed to have had such a compassionate and inspirational daughter and sister. God Bless Eithne. We’ll all miss you. x

  • http://Website John Ford

    RIP sweet angel……Keep dancing above up in heaven…. The world mourns you and the other’s passing….

  • http://Website Harrison Castro – Brazil

    Peço a Deus que conforte o coração de seus familiares.

  • Bernhard

    I have never met you, Eithne, but since I heard about you through the newspaper report and via internet, you are present in my life and in my mind.

    This sad incident happened on my birthday, and I promise you, I will always think of you and the people who went with you, for as long as I live.

    Lots of love, Eithne, from an unknown friend in Vienna, Austria. And also my deep sympathy for your parents and your family.


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