Best foot forward for Ballymac GAA on a night of nights
The Ballymac GAA 'Strictly Love Dancing' team wanted their event to bow out in style on Saturday - and they well and truly achieved just that. This was the final year of the club's 'Strictly Love Dancing' and, by jove, did the Ballymac community come out in force to show its support on the night.
Dancers had been in training for the showpiece event for six long weeks, and their hard word was duly appreciated judging by the rapturous applause from the audience as the dancers emerged for the opening group performance.
"It was an absolutely fantastic night. It was a sell-out, and the Ballymac community came out in their droves to support us. They were fantastic," Noelle O'Brien said.
"None of the dancers came in and had experience, and so they had to learn all this from day one. To their credit, though, the technique they showed was some of the best we've seen."
The hardest part of these nights, always, is choosing the winners, and again on Saturday, both the public and the judges had a difficult choice to make.
Ultimately, though, the public vote went to the hugely popular pairing of Diarmuid Lynch and Julie Deane, with Noelle revealing that a sprinkling of Holy Water on some of Diarmuid's voting cards may have been the difference!
The judges' vote then was given to the pair described by Noelle as the "hardest working" dancers she's ever met, as Katelyn Galvin and James O'Mahony deservedly named as winners on the night. A vital fundraiser for the club, all the money raised from this year's final event will go towards helping the club to build additional dressing rooms for the club's up and coming juvenile teams. For now, though, its well-earned rest time for the dancers and co!