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Clonakiltys sports clubs take to the dance floor

October 17th, 2015 7:25 AM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Dancer Brian Evans with dance partner Joan Stapleton. (Photo: Paddy Feen)

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IT could be a case of fancy footwork off the pitch as Clonakilty GAA and Clonakilty Rugby Club join forces to organise a dancing fundraiser next month. 

‘Strictly Clon Dancing’ promises to be the social event of the year with semi-finals taking place in Dunmore House on November 6th and 13th, followed by the grand final on November 21st in the Inchydoney Lodge. 

‘Being the inspirational and creative group of people that Clonakilty has, you have put your own twist on it and it works very nicely with the name Strictly Clon Dancing, and it brings the two clubs together and this says more than the actual event,’ said Sean Kelly MEP, who recently launched the event at the GAA complex.

The competition is the brainchild of Ger McCarthy of Clonakilty GAA, who approached Kieran O’Regan, chairman of Clonakilty Rugby Club with the idea. 

They have been planning the event all summer long. Their first task was to find willing dancers and they were surprised to get up to 60 people registering to take part. 

The dancers have since been practising their moves under the guidance of well known and experienced dance teacher, Margaret Fowler of Viva Dance Studios in Cork.

On each of the nights, only six couples will make it through to the Grand Final on November 21st. The dancers will of course be judged on their performance and entertainment values, with both judges and audience awarding scores out of ten.

Guest judges along the way will include media men Pascal Sheehy and George Hook, as well as local personalities. 

Tickets for each night cost €20 and are being allocated on a lottery basis – such is the demand. Applications for two tickets per person can be made by Oct 17th to any member of the Strictly Clon Dancing committee.

See Strictly Clon Dancing on Facebook for more details.

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