News‎ > ‎

‘Strictly Come Dancing, the dance off finale’

posted 23 Feb 2011, 04:42 by Unknown user   [ updated 24 Feb 2011, 09:32 ]
Outstanding, sparkling, colourful, professional, entertaining, successful and flawless are just some of the adjectives you could use to capture the essence and describe last Saturday  ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ presented by Laragh United GAA. The climax of this highly ambitious fundraiser was held in the perfect setting of the Hotel Kilmore and was attended by an audience of 1,600 plus satisfied patrons. Launched only 4 weeks previous, this event has captured the interest and imagination of the entire county of Cavan. This was truly the hottest ticket in town. The success of “Strictly Come Dancing” has left the crowd wanting more, so much so that “Strictly Come Dancing 2” has already been penciled in for February 201 by the Stradone based club!!

Last Saturday's dancing finale was preceded by the magnificent Kathy & Andreas Durkin who warmed up the crowd. The crowd was a sea of banners wishing the dancers their support with the most eye catching one being “FRED ASTAIRE FROM KILLINKERE” to show support for Killinkere’s own Joe Sharkey & his partner Annemarie Lynch, who presumably now is alias “GINGER ROGERS”. The lights faded, spotlight shown and curtain pulled with show hosts Paddy Sheanon and Charlie Clerkin welcoming the huge attendance as the show began. The audience were treated to 2 group dances by the 24 dancers and 11 individual couple dances all under the watchful eyes of judges Dr. Paddy Halligan, Marian Smith, Ronan Carolan and dancing instructor and tutor Lynn Jackson. Each judge gave their opinion and score for each dance then turned over to the audience to place their votes for the overall winner. 2 couples Sean Kelly & Caoimhe Brady and Fergal Brady & Josephine Collins received maximum points from the judges and no couple scored less that 33 out of 40. As the couples left the stage they all received a rapturous round of applause and  were greeted back into the green room by Patrick Shiels and Gary Robins where their live interview conducted by Charlie Clerkin was beamed on screens across the entire hotel. The dances included the “Hand Jive, Tango, Salsa, Fosse and Modern”. During the second interval Laragh’s own Ollie Tynan brought his ‘Joe Dolan’ tribute show to the stage.  


As judge’s scores were tallied & the frantic voting took place the atmosphere in the Hotel Kilmore reached fever pitch. Laragh United chairman Padraig Rudden received the results and went on to say “tonight ladies and gentlemen we have 12 wining couples on stage and no doubt 1600 winners in the audience, but the overall victors are, dancing the Tango: Pauline Lynch and John Higgins”. The pyrotechnics and confetti lauded the winners.  Pauline and John received a standing ovation whilst surrounded by the all other dancers and committee on stage and in true Strictly Come Dancing fashion  performed their winning dance again to a thunderous reception. This final bow by the winning couple brought the curtain down on a truly magnificent night had by all. A disco by DJ Red Rave followed and family and friends of all the contestants danced (in a less choreographed fashion of course) into the wee hours of Sunday morning and the Laragh United club can very much look back on a job completed with some aplomb.  However following on from the success of this Strictly Come Dancing Show, the Dancers and the club have agreed to perform the show for a second time in aid of 3 local charities. Cooper Coins for Cancer, Positive Age: The Good Morning Programme and the Haiti Fund. The event will be held in the Imperial Hotel on Wednesday 16th March @9pm sharp again followed by a disco. All proceeds on the night will go direct to these 3 worthwhile charities. Laragh United would ask if possible to support this event.


Laragh United GAA ‘Strictly Come Dancing’