Healthy dose of Saturday night fever strikes Killavullen
It promised to be a night of great fun and laughter with a few surprises thrown in for good measure and it did not disappoint.
Dance fever struck the village of Killavullen with a vengeance last Saturday night as a huge crowd gathered at Magners Bar for the launch of the Strictly Ballygown at the Movies fundraiser.
The event has captured the imaginations of pupils, staff and parents at Ballygown NS, with 15 couples set to go head-to-head for bragging rights at the dance-off finale in the Charleville park Hotel on Saturday, April 7.
The event is just one in a series of fundraisers organised by the Board of Management and the Parents Association aimed at expanding the facilities at the rapidly expanding school.
As the identities of competitors had been kept a closely guarded secret up until last Saturday night, the launch gave people a chance see the pairings and get a taste of what the atmosphere will be like on the big night.
The chair of the events organising committee Richard Riordan, said the fact that so many people turned up for the launch was indicative of the strong community bond locally.
"When rural Ireland gets together it works. The buzz that this event has created was a great reminder to everyone that all is good and alive in rural Ireland," said Richard.
"While we have a clear fundraising objective, this event has become much more than that, people are now calling it a movement. With more than 800 people due come to the Charleville Park on April 7, this promises to be an unforgettable night in aid of a great cause," he added.
For more information about the event and how to but tickets visit www,facebook.com.strictltyballygown.