St Patrick's Strictly a roaring success
THERE really was only one place to be on Saturday night and that was the St Pat's GFC clubrooms for their Strictly Come Dancing Fundraising evening.
The thirteen couples had been in serious training for the last couple of months and the place was packed to capacity full of families and supporters of each of the couples.
I was only in the door when I met up with Karen Fealy from Bellurgan who was there to support Brian Fealy and Clare O'Connor who were going to be in action later on. She was sitting with Deirdre Fearon from Mountpleasant and her mum Anne Mallon from Dawestown who told me they were really looking forward to the whole evening and didn't care who won and were just supporting The Pats.
Next I caught up with a couple of neutrals in Bernadette McShane from Mountbagnal and Briege Pepper from Lordship who were there to cheer on 'the whole lot' and assured me it was going to be an entertainment filled night.
After this I caught up with Jean, Amy and Lynn Begley from Dawestown who told me they were going to be shouting the loudest for Alison and Mickey, Paula and John and Catriona and Jimmy and told me it was going to be a cracking night.
I ventured over for a word with Thomas and Alison Duffy from Railway Village and was told that Alison was one of the originals, the first to take part in the 2012 Strictly in the Pats and she knew exactly what they were going through. She said that they'd be cheering loudest for Katie and David on the night.
Not too far away I got talking to John and Laura Wehrly from Ravensdale who were in great form and told me they'd have to be cheering Mickey and Alison, Ann and Vin and wanted to wish them all the best on the dancefloor.
Seated just behind them were Mary McKeever from Rampark and Fiona Connor from Carrick Road who were joined by Barry Casey from Blackrock and they told me they were looking forward to the dancing but also to seeing Mary's son Cian McKeever who was going to be singing later on.
After this I headed over for a chat with Mark and Eithne O'Connor from Bellurgan who told me they couldn't wait to see Siobhan and Peadar tripping the light fantastic.
I met up with Carol Hughes from Jenkinstown who was with Michael McCartan from Downpatrick who told me they wanted a big shout out for Grace Gosling and also for Jimmy and Catriona Hughes and wanted to wish them all the best in the contest.
Not too far away I got talking to Patsy, Briege and Padraic Treanor from Jenkinstown who told me they too would be cheering for Grace and Breen as well as Jimmy and Catriona on the night and were looking forward to a great show.
After this I headed over for a chat with Josephine Toner from Marsh Road and Helena Toner-McAuley also from Marsh Road who told me they wanted Breen and Grace as well as Paula and John to be in with a shout on the night.
Next I got talking to Malcolm Thornton from Cooley who told me he was there to support the night and wanted to wish all the dancers all the best.
I got a word with two lads who were well prepared for the occasion and they were Gerard Watters from Kilcurry and Michael Crawley from Gyles Quay who told me they'd be shouting loudest when Helen and Nicholas took to the stage.
Finally, before I departed I had the pleasure of talking to Bronagh Davis from Priorland Gardens, Cristin Woods from Priorland Grove, Lisa and Kelly Mitchell from Navan, Aoife Gorman from Manydown Close and Charlene Cassidy from Knockbridge who were there for Grace Gosling and Breen Doris and would be cheering them all the way.