Richard Griffin A.D.C.R.G
Strictly Come Ballroom was supposed to be the dancing passion he was to have, should he follow in his parents footsteps. His Father (Tipperary) and his Mother (Roscommon) were ballroom dance champions. Is it any wonder that their children would also be talented. Little did they realise the effect upon their children’s lives and theirs that Irish Dancing would have.
Richard was taught by a true Dance Master – Ted Kavanagh from Derry, who inspired Richard to go on to achieve great success as a dancer. He was a champion dancer from a young age winning all the major titles. His passion for Irish dancing instilled in those years, was the catalyst for Richard to become a successful teacher, adjudicator and examiner with An Coimisiun and now runs the Griffin Lynch school with Maggie Lynch and Erin Peachey.
As a teacher Richard has gained over 50 All Ireland and World Championship titles in Solos, Ceili, Figure Dance and Dance Drama. He added to this impressive collection of titles recently, winning the Great Britain, All Irelands and the Southern England Oirchetas for Ceili and Figure Dance. Many of Richard’s past pupils have gone on to follow in his footsteps and gained their teachers and or adjudicators qualification.
Renowned for his innovative style in both choreography and dance drama at World Championship level, Richard now choreographs International Irish Dance shows such as: ‘Gaelforce Dance’, ‘Dance Masters’ & ‘Celtic Nights’.
Maggie Lynch A.D.C.R.G
Maggie Lynch born of Irish parents from Cork and Westmeath began her Irish Dancing career at the age of 6. It was a very successful dancing career, which spanned almost 25 years. Maggie was taught by very talented teachers, namely John Roche (RIP),.. Tony Tyrrell & Richard Griffin with whom she now has a successful dancing school in Surrey - Griffin Lynch.
Maggie won her first championship at the age of ten, dancing for John Roche in Comhdhail she continued to win championships regularly throughout the UK and Ireland until she transferred at the age of 18 to a school in An Comisiun to continue and develop her dancing career in both solo and team work. There she gained first place at the World Championships in the Senior Figure team and placed top 3 in the Senior Ceili in six consecutive years.
Maggie continued to excel at solos where she came 6th at the World Championships, 2nd at the All Irelands, 3rd at the Great Britain’s and was Southern England regional champion for 3 consecutive years running.
In 1991 Maggie qualified as teacher and started Lynch School in Leatherhead. Some years later she went on to qualify as an adjudicator and has judged all over the world.
Maggie spends her time between her career as a psychotherapist and her passion for Irish dancing, maintaining her interest by teaching and adjudicating and also instilling the love of Irish dancing to young children.
Erin Peachey T.C.R.G
Erin Peachy was no stranger to the stage or to the lights and glamour of performing live in shows, when she became a member of “Lord of the Dance” touring troupe.
Her dancing career started young, 4 years old, and it was soon after, that she appeared on stage with Tommy Steele, Ruby Murray and Rose Marie to name a few. Erin also took part in the Vienna State Ball, and danced for Prince Edward all before the age of 15. Touring with “Lord of the Dance”, Erin went back to the glitz and glamour of the stage, performing throughout Europe and Las Vegas, USA.
Erin was destined to be a champion and won her 1st World Championship gold medal representing the Lydia Fryday Irish dance school in the much loved Dance Drama section. Some years later Erin joined the Lynch School of Irish Dance, there she began to focus on her solo dancing, and as a result also became a solo dance champion. Due to her dedication Erin went on to achieve her qualification in teaching and currently teaches with Maggie & Richard at Griffin Lynch.
In the meantime Erin’s full time employment is with the very prestigious Formula One Management, which involves her travelling to Grand Prix events around the world, and she manages to juggle her responsibilities in HR with her commitment to Irish dance.