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Wednesday 22 October 2014

'I've had the time of my life'

TULLOW RFC'S 'IT'S STRICTLY DANCING'

Published 06/11/2012 | 19:20

I'M IN the mood for... Dancing! That's what the Tullow rugger supporters and players were saying last week after 'It's Strictly Dancing' came to Mount Wolseley and entertained the masses, writes Brian O'Donoghue.

Over 700 people came to watch the likes of John Bolger, Laura Brophy, Tim Larkin, Betty Nolan, myself and Alex O'Brien, Sean O'Brien, William O'Brien and a whole host of others get on the stage and bop to the tunes we had selected during our eight weeks training.

To be honest after the first night of practice most of us were thinking ' this could be a disaster' because the group dance was all over the place and some couples couldn't even think of the song or music they wanted to dance to.

However, through epic amounts of craic, sweat, blood and all round good fun by the time the big night came we were ready for action.

By the time all the couples had danced on the night, and by the time we had wowed the crowd with our group dance to the Black Eyed Peas' 'I've gotta feelin' it was impossible to say who was going to win.

Some lads who couldn't walk in a straight line eight weeks previous were suddenly the new Tullow John Travoltas and Patrick Swazeys. Four couples managed to pick up maximum scores from the judges.

The first couple to do this were Kevin Dempsey and Pauline Canavan and by God were they absolutely brilliant. John Bolger and Laura Brophy also got three 10s and they performed to time of my life from Dirty Dancing.

When William O'Brien and Victoria Earl got out and flew around the floor to Johnny be Goode it was never in doubt they were going to get perfect scores and then his sister Alex and I got out to strut our stuff and the judges were kind enough to give us 10s.

Luke Fitzgerald was the judge sitting nearest the stage and I think by the time he left Mount Wolseley with Sean for training the next morning he had become a fully fledged Tullow man.

To win the competition though it was down to the public vote.

13 buckets were lined on the stage and a vote cost €2 and a combination of all the votes in your bucket and the judges' scores would decide the winners.

Standing in the stage waiting for the winner to be announced was one of the most tense and nerve wracking experiences of my life, and weirdly at the same time it didn't feel like a competition because we had all come together as a group and by the time MC Brendan Hennessy announced that Tim Larkin and Betty Nolan had won the noise was paramount.

It was easily one of the best fundraisers the club has ever done and it was a pleasure to be involved. To all the dance teachers, dancers, club helpers and supporters a huge thank you is owed.

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