Ireland’s favourite Circus has arrived in Dundalk

David Lynch

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David Lynch

Ireland’s favourite Circus has arrived in Dundalk

The site at Marshes Shopping Centre has been specifically chosen this year as the first venue of the 2017 season.  The Big Top has been holding rehearsals for the last week before the spectacular premier performance on Wednesday 8th February.

Tom and Jamie Duffy are quite literally a whirlwind duo. Complete concentration, balance, absolute trust in each other and a fearless mentality combine together to produce a heart-stopping performance on the Wheel of Death. As the huge wheel revolves getting faster and faster the brothers run, jump and skip as the lights blur. There are screams and many members of the audience can only watch through their fingers. Jamie is one of only a handful of people in the world to perform a forward somersault on the outside of the wheel. Their daredevil exploits have taken them to appear in Europe’s leading circuses each winter and recently they beat many world class acts to win the prestigious gold award the 'Grand Prix Der Artisten' in Hannover last month. These Irish boys are now a class act in their own right. The Duffy brothers take circus to the MAX !

The Kenya Boys are making a welcome return to Ireland, with their astonishing acrobatics, twisting and tumbling, and startling human pyramids while lovers of traditional circus acts will roar with laughter at the antics of the hilarious clowns, David and Raffy from Mexico.

As always, the animal acts are the main draw for regular visitors. Our loveable giants, the St Bernard dogs, tend to dominate the ring, but it’s the cheeky miniature poodles that raise a smile with their mischief.

Prepare yourself for a white-knuckle ride as the Diorios rev up their supercharged motorcycles.The noise of the engines increases and that deafening roaring sound is right in front of you.

Three young Brazilian daredevils enter the huge steel globe one by one. They begin to circle the inside of the globe, crisscrossing each other, making dizzying rotations as they defy gravity. Skimming past each other it is difficult to tell whether they are upside down or sideways.

Once they have started they can't stop or their bikes would fall on top of them. How do they not collide. It is danger it is excitement !

Tom Duffy’s Circus is now at Marshes Shopping Centre until Sunday 12th February. For more information and cheaper tickets visit www.duffyscircus.com