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Enjoying the Mushera Platform Dance were Knocknagree ladies Eileen O'Leary, Noreen Lehane and Joan McSweeney. Picture John Tarrant

Enjoying the Mushera Platform Dance were Knocknagree ladies Eileen O'Leary, Noreen Lehane and Joan McSweeney. Picture John Tarrant

Kathleen and Martin Dennehy, Rathcoole supported the Mushera Platform Dance. Picture John Tarrant

Kathleen and Martin Dennehy, Rathcoole supported the Mushera Platform Dance. Picture John Tarrant

On the slopes of Mushera Mountain, patrons take to platform dancing. Picture John Tarrant

On the slopes of Mushera Mountain, patrons take to platform dancing. Picture John Tarrant

Anne Marie O'Connell and John Sheehan from Banteer enjoyed the Mushera Platform Dance. Picture John Tarrant

Anne Marie O'Connell and John Sheehan from Banteer enjoyed the Mushera Platform Dance. Picture John Tarrant

Betty and Jerry O'Connor, Castlemagner attended the Mushera Platform Dance. Picture John Tarrant

Betty and Jerry O'Connor, Castlemagner attended the Mushera Platform Dance. Picture John Tarrant

The O'Sullivan family from Ballinagree thrilled with the support at the Mushera Platform Dance. Picture John Tarrant

The O'Sullivan family from Ballinagree thrilled with the support at the Mushera Platform Dance. Picture John Tarrant

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Enjoying the Mushera Platform Dance were Knocknagree ladies Eileen O'Leary, Noreen Lehane and Joan McSweeney. Picture John Tarrant

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Down through the years, the Mushera Platform Dance has forged a proud tradition as a hotbed of music and dance.

Its latest staging was billed as the last event of the year, and glorious weather boosted the attendance for those who convened to the picturesque slopes of Mushera Mountain.

With activity resumed post-COVID restrictions, social dancing is enjoying a resurgence and now forms part of an active and vibrant social scene across Mid and North Cork.

A picture-postcard scene added to the occasion on the mountain slopes as patrons dusted off the dance shoes. They took to a floor with a difference for some wonderful dancing – from waltz to foxtrot to jive – on a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment provided by Tim Joe and Anne.

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Dancing goes back many generations on Mushera Mountain and, in 2013, neighbours and friends from Ballinagree and Moulnahourna convened to restore the platform on the mountain.

“Over the years, we have developed access to the location, provide car parking and can install a large marquee if there are weather doubts,” said spokesperson Rita O’Sullivan. “No such concerns on the latest staging, a massive crowd availed of the glorious sunshine to support us.

“We’re thrilled with the support from friends and those that travelled long distances to support us.

“A special thanks to our musicians, who played such beautiful music that echoed out along the valley while it kept us on our feet dancing,” said Rita.

Though the Mushera platform dance has come to an end for 2022, the social-dancing scene remains in a number of locations right across the county, with Berrings, Laharn Cross, Knocknagree and Carriganima sure to attract numbers this weekend.


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