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Sunday 22 April 2018

Dancers' delight at the Charleville Park

Strictly Ballygown at the Movies

Rosaleen O’Leary, Fiona Hannon, Anne Marie Sheahan, Storm O’Connor, Deirdre Irwin, Catherine Norris and Mary Hickey were among the contestants at Strictly Ballygown
Rosaleen O’Leary, Fiona Hannon, Anne Marie Sheahan, Storm O’Connor, Deirdre Irwin, Catherine Norris and Mary Hickey were among the contestants at Strictly Ballygown
Gill Martin, Bob Feaheny, Donna Lenihan, and Jonathan Dennehy were dressed for success last Saturday night
MC for ‘Strictly Ballygown at the Movies’ Danny Buckley and the judging panel of Seánie McGrath, Paul Byrne, Mags O’Riordan and Dane O’Sullivan prepare to cast their eyes over the competitors. Photos: Sheila Fitzgerald.

Sheila Fitzgerald

The Charleville Park Hotel rocked last Saturday night to the beat of Strictly Ballygown, as the excited audience roared in appreciation of the fantastic talent on stage.

Fifteen couples drawn from the local community vied with each other for the coveted glitter ball trophies, though judging by the celebrations at the after party it was clear that everyone was a winner. Strictly Ballygown at the Movies was an overwhelming success and the organisers were thrilled with the generosity of spirit that was evident from the moment the doors opened. 

The buzz was electric even before the dancers were introduced for their opening numbers and they wowed the audience with an arrangement carefully choreographed by instructor Bridget Harte. Celebrity judges Seánie McGrath of Cork hurling fame, southern correspondent on TV3 Paul Byrne, Centre Stage star Mags Riordan, and dance expert and style icon Dane O'Sullivan had their work cut out for them in selecting the winners. 

A dedicated committee expertly led by Richard Riordan was supported by a massive volunteer force drawn up of willing parents, staff and friends of the school. Richard's wife Barbara was on hand to welcome everyone on behalf of the Parents Association. 

There was a standing ovation and tumultuous scenes when Mary Hickey and Kevin Rice were announced as overall winners.

Everyone appreciated the incredible commitment given by this pair of talented dancers who represent everything that is good about the local school community. 

The presentations were made by Gillian Foley on behalf of main sponsor Co-op Superstores.  The runners-up, Catherine Norris and Danny O'Mahony, were an equally popular choice, while the final award for most entertaining dancers deservedly went to Liz Fresh and Tim Linehan.

Indeed, all the dancers who participated are to be highly complimented for the excellent entertainment provided after a mere two months of practice. A huge thank you to everyone who organised, sponsored, attended or supported Strictly Ballygown at the Movies. 

It was an event that will long in the memories of everyone that was lucky enough to have been involved.

Corkman

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