Strictly Come Dancing – The Final Week

Strictly Come Dancing Launch 12-5-2017
Organisers and dancers pictured at the Nano Nagle Hall at the launch the ‘Strictly 2017’ details. Front row: Tommy Martin, Carmel Kelly, Pat Sheehan, Leona Twiss, Breda Reidy, Phil O’Connell and Francie Brosnan. Second row from left: Amy Reidy, Seán O’Connell, Mary Philpott, Sandra O’Connor, Aileen Lynch, Karen Lynch, Mairead O’Connell, Oliver Falvey, Miriam Leane, Kieran O’Callaghan, Glyn Cronin and Aisling O’Leary. Back row: Fiona Nelligan-McGuire, Aaron Nolan, Denise Bourke, Gerard Reidy, Nuala O’Connor, Shane O’Leary, Emma Sweeney, Michelle Reidy and Neil Browne. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The event managers at Scoil Muire Gan Smál and Castleisland Desmonds Ladies GAA Club are dancing again this year.

And they’re delighted to announce the return of their giant / joint Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser for a third year.

The club will use the money towards its ongoing running costs and the school intends using the money to furnish the Autism Unit and to purchase and install a new CCTV security system.

26 Dancers / 13 Partnerships

Mary Philpott is the choreographer in charge again this year and is busy putting the 26 dancers or 13 partnerships through their paces.

Mary’s assistant from last year, Fiona Nelligan-McGuire has joined the dancing troupe this year and will be partnered by Aaron Nolan and they will surely be a combination to watch as the exciting events of the night unfold.

Each dancer is currently selling her / his voting cards and the dancers with the most votes sold will be crowned the ‘public winners’ and the judges will pick their winning couple on the night.

Time and Effort by Dancers

SummerFfestival Launch 08/04/2017
Strictly promoting: Pat Sheehan and his daughters, Áine and Alex promoting the joint Castleisland Desmonds Ladies GAA Club and Scoil Muire Gan Smál Strictly Come Dancing Fundraiser 2017. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The organising committee members are very grateful to all the business people who have given sponsorship to the event and the committee very much appreciate the huge time and effort put in by all the dancers!

Such is the depth of dancing talent in the locality that an immediate replacement, Anne Curtin, stepped in as Aoife O’Sullivan was forced to step out through injury.

Super-sub Anne will now partner Neil Browne.

“This year we have a mother and daughter dancing. Amy and Breda Reidy and a father and daughter, Philip and Aisling O’Connell. While others, who were involved last year, like Seán O’Connell – who enjoyed it so much that he’s back for more this year,” said event spokesperson and Muire Gan Smál Principal, Leona Twiss.

Community Centre – The Arena

The show will be on Saturday night, June 3rd at 7.30pm in Castleisland Community Centre.

Tickets are now on sale at €20 each for the fundraiser. They can be purchased at Lynch’s Pharmacy, Lower Main Street and from the Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary School or from committee members and the dancers themselves.

There will be entertainment during the interval and, afterwards, people can dance the night away to DJ Ray! There will be a full bar on the night in the community centre.

The Partnerships

The dancing partnerships are as follows in no particular order: Tommy Martin and Carmel Kelly; Breda Reidy and Philip O’Connell; Francie Brosnan and Catriona O’Connell; Aisling O’Connell and Thomas Callaghan; Amy Reidy and Seán O’Connell; Mairead O’Connell and Oliver Falvey;

Glyn Cronin and Aisling O’Leary; Miriam Leane and Aidan O’Callaghan; Anne Curtin and Neil Browne; Nuala O’Connor and Shane O’Leary; Fiona Nelligan-McGuire and Aaron Nolan; Emma Sweeney and Michelle Reidy; Denise Bourke and Gerard Reidy.

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