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Blathnaid to dance night away for charity

RTé'S Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh will not be meeting Bruce Forsyth next weekend. But she will be putting on her dancing shoes.

The Cuala member will be taking part in the club's big Féile fund-raiser 'Not Strictly Dancing' which takes place at their Dalkey HQ on Saturday night (8.0).

Some 24 of the club's finest have been busy in rehearsal. They will be backed by the 17-piece DCB Big Band. The dance routines will feature tango to waltz.

The event, in association with Dance Theatre Ireland, will also benefit the Laura Lynn Children's Sunshine Home.

"We have been putting in hours of practice," reveals cast member, Eamonn McGuirk. "There's a few of my colleagues who fancy themselves to be in the next production of Riverdance.

"It's been pretty intensive, but enjoyable at the same time. Féile is such a special year for the players. It's something they'll remember all their lives. We want to help them as much as we can.

"Laura Lynn is such a wonderful charity. We are only delighted to assist them in their heroic work. We are all set now. It will be a wonderful evening, full of fun and entertainment. And, with a bit of luck, we'll get to step it out in front of a full house."

Tickets cost €20. More info from gerrybyrne@biosciences.ie (086-8241692).

JOE CASHIN was a fine hurler. He died this month. He played for New Ireland's. He was on the team that won the club's first ever trophy. That was the Boland Cup in 1951. They beat UCD in the final at Parnell Park.

That final was played in December. Joe was from Laois. New Ireland's were one of the proud names of Dublin hurling, now, like many other clubs, sadly defunct.

Mick Brennan was their inspiration. He maintained the club's records with all the diligence of a book-keeper. He was a gentleman in every way.

JOHN MOONEY is delighting the listeners in Ringsend. He's doing a new radio podcast for the Ringsend Community Centre.

He can be contacted on johnmooney07@gmail.com. To listen go to the community centre website at http://www.ricc.ie. Details of the show are on twitter @RiccPod

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