'Strictly Come Dancing' stars have the time of their lives!

David Medcalf

Published 29/10/2013 | 10:05

Strictly Come Danceing in the Riverside Park hotel sunday night with Tango Ladies Sarah Herlihy, Ethy, and Moire Dempsey, Wexford.
Strictly Come Danceing in the Riverside Park hotel sunday night with Tango Ladies Sarah Herlihy, Ethy, and Moire Dempsey, Wexford.

Judges David O'Connor, Yvonne Deaton and Marie Greene were handed a hellishly difficult task at the 'Strictly Come Dancing' event at the Riverside Park hotel.

The competition in aid of the Irish guide dogs and St. Patrick's special school drew a huge crowd to the venue beside the Prom.

Judges David O'Connor, Yvonne Deaton and Marie Greene were handed a hellishly difficult task at the 'Strictly Come Dancing' event at the Riverside Park hotel. The competition in aid of the Irish guide dogs and St. Patrick's special school drew a huge crowd to the venue beside the Prom.

At the end of a night of music and dance, Jay O'Connor and Megan Roche were declared the overall winners, with Jay from Wexford and Megan from Courtnacuddy blowing up a storm with their rock 'n roll jive. Tops in the special needs section were Rhys Carey and Lisa McKegney.

With participants arriving from far and wide, each with their followers ready to cheer them on, it was a case of standing room only around the dance floor. Those taking part ranged in age from five up to 60. A total of 19 couples pulled out all the stops to entertain in the adult section.

Each couple comprised an experienced dancer and an enthusiastic amateur coming to the Riverside after many weeks of practice under the direction of dance teacher Martina Leacy. The result was a night of glitz, glamour and plenty of skill, with the men all dressed up in their best Murt Walsh suits.

Winners of Roche's Buses trophies included: Jay O'Connor/Megan Roche; Marie Nolan/Daniel English; Frank Kehoe/Sarah Herlihy; Chrissy Hendrick/Becky Murphy; Danny Milbourne/Kay Herlihy.

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