Dancing shoes on for the Kilcurry and Roche Strictly
On Valentines Night I headed for the Fairways Hotel where the Kilcurry National School and Roche Emmets Strictly Come Dancing grand finale was taking place and by the time I got there the place was packed with well wishers and supporters of the competition.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Stacey McVeigh from Mullaharlin Park who was with Peter McShane from Ballinfull who told me he was there just to support the Roche boys and couldn't wait for the craic to get going.
Next I then got a word with Gerry and Valerie Shaw from Balrothery who told me that Valerie would be cheering loudest for Joan O'Hare and Gerry told me that even though he had been living in the Fingal area for 20 years he still preferred reading the Argus, ha, in your face Fingal Independent!
Not too long later I then got talking to Steven and Breda Donohoe from Kilcurry who told me there were no less than five from their road all taking part so they would be shouting equally for Elizabeth, Pamela, Oonagh, Sinead and Briege, and didn't care, one of them won!
I then headed over for a chat with Michelle Duffy from Littlemills who was with Frances McConnon from Tateetra who told me they were there to support Bernard O'Connor also from Tateetra and Cathy White and joining them in their adoration of the couple were Bernard's sister Leona and husband Kirk from Channonrock, and his sisters Tracey and Emma McConnon who were up for a mad night for sure.
Next I made my way over for a chat with Susan Doogan from Faughart and Briege McKevitt from Whitemill who told me they were there to lend their support to Anne Mandeville and Joan O'Hare respectively and were really looking forward to a fantastic night of dancing.
Not too long later I then got a word with Rachel Tinnelly from Mill Road who was with Niamh Watters from Ashbrook whom I was told was Sean O'Hare's mum and they were also with aunties Edel Ross from Claddagh Park and Marie Bell from Old Muirhevna who were in great form and really looking forward to the contest.
I then had the pleasure of meeting up with Ellen O'Hanlon from Roche with husband Paul Madigan and she told me they'd be cheering for Robert O'Hanlon, Sarah O'Hanlon and Martin Craven as well as Briege Casey, telling me that they were nephews and cousins that were in action on the night and she wanted to wish them all the best in the contest.
She then introduced me to Mark Dowdall from Parnell Park who told me that as well as the contest there was going to be some great half time entertainment to savour including two singers Paudie Breen and Carol McCourt along with a certain Mr. McCaughey the well known impersonator and if that wasn't enough 'The Professionals' would be coming out later on in the evening to show the dancers how good they could be if they kept at it!
Next I then got a word with Eileen Dowdall from Brid-a-crinn who was with Lorraine Dowdall and Sean Doherty both from Belfry Avenue who told me they'd be making some nose for the Roche Girls as well Sean and Jacko.
After this I ventured over for a chat with Bridie McKeown from Roche who was with her two daughters Breda Flynn and Annmarie Faughey both from Forkhill as well as granddaughter Orlagh Flynn and they said that Liam Rice Jnr was their main man.
Also there cheering Liam Rice Jnr were his mum Diane McCaughey from Skyhill, Mary McCaughey from Rockfield, Rachel Rice from Skyhill and Shauna Smith from Louth Village who were all up for a bit of a mad one.
Not too long later I met up with Tom and Anne Shannahan from Greyacre Road who assured me that either David or Daniel O'Connell were going to prove triumphant on the night and this sentiment was echoed by Nuala and Nora Kerr from Dowdallshill and Margaret Brady from Dublin Road who were there to support their dancing nephews.
After this I caught up with mum and daughter Helen and Sarah Gray from Willow Grove who assured me that Liam Rice Jnr would definitely be in the running for the top slot and they couldn't wait to see him in action.
I then got talking to David and Tracey Whately from The Crescent who were out to enjoy Valentine's Night and were going to be rooting for Owen Corrigan when he got on stage.
Finally, before I departed I met up with assistant chairman of the club Augustine Goss and Kevin Callan both from Kilcurry who were busy on the door with Tony Carroll from Kilcurry and Alan O'Connell from Roche who were busy taking the tickets and meeting and greeting everyone who came in the door and they told me it was going to be nothing short of an all dancing spectacular.