Meet the contestants ready for the dancefloor

October 10th, 2017 5:32 PM

By Southern Star Team

Members of the Strictly Clon Dancing comittee with special guest Joanne O'Riordan.

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Strictly Clon Dancing

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE wait is finally over for this year’s troupe of eager dancers in Strictly Clon Dancing who finally met their partners at the glamorous launch of the fundraiser. 

Disability rights campaigner Joanne O’Riordan was the guest speaker at the launch in the Ahamilla complex.

 Joanne said that the joint club venture between the town’s rugby and GAA clubs ‘emphasises the importance of community and how a community that is equal and involves everyone is a community that lasts forever.’

‘If you look around you, you will see leaders and innovators of all types – these are your confidantes and collaborators – Clon people working together and taking an active role in the development of your community,’ said Joanne.

‘It’s you who spark life into the place and you should be completely proud of that.’

Ger McCarthy, chairman of Clonakilty GAA, along with Willie Wilcox, chairman of Clonakilty Rugby Club, spoke of the benefits of the dancing contest for both of their clubs. They pointed out that as well as providing great entertainment value, the funds raised continue to improve the facilities in the clubs for the youth of Clonakilty and surrounding areas. The Southern Star is a media partner of the competition this year.

The hard work starts now for the 22 couples as they seek to impress both the judges and members of the public.

 The first semi-final takes places in Fernhill House Hotel on November 10th. 

This will be followed by the second semi-final in Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa on November 18th and the grand final will take place on November 24th at Dunmore House Hotel.  

It is expected to be a sell-out once again. See ‘Strictly Clon Dancing’ on Facebook for more info.

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