Strictly Claregalway hosted by Claregalway GAA, which took place last Friday, brought the glitz and glamour of Strictly Dancing to Claregalway.
Packed to capacity, the atmosphere in the Claregalway Hotel was electric. A troupe of local dancers waltzed, cha-cha-ed and jived the night away, entertaining the huge audience who supported this event. Compere Frank Forde kept the crowd enthralled with his quick wit and hilarious commentary. The judging panel of Mary McCarthy, Sean Walsh and Ronan Lardner awarded 1st place to Emma Flynn and Richie Donovan and 2nd place to Rachel Farrell and Darragh Leonard. Runners up were Eilis McEvoy with dance partner David Flaherty and Michelle Grealish with dance partner Peader Dolan.
Dancer Paul Nash was delighted to be the winner of the dancers draw which secured a €1,000 donation for the charity of his choice, Claregalway Day Care Centre.
Event Manager Joan Curley thanked the dancers for their hard work and commitment since they commenced training for last November. Their performances on the night were highly entertaining and greatly appreciated by the audience.
Strictly Claregalway was organised by Claregalway GAA to raise funds for the development of facilities at the GAA grounds in Knockdoemore.
The vision for the Knockdoemore site is that it wlll provide a top class recreational facility for the local community. Despite adverse weather conditions, work at Knockdoemore has been progressing very well under McCarthy Construction. A flood lit walkway is near completion and due to be open to the public in the coming weeks.
Club Chairman John Morrin thanked main sponsors Monaghan & Sons Car Dealership, Claregalway Hotel, St Jarlath’s Credit Union, McCarthy Contractors, Zurich and Electric Skyline for their generous sponsorship. He encouraged people to support local businesses in Claregalway and the surrounding area.
The committee would also like to thank all the dancers, their sponsors, local businesses and the community of Claregalway who supported this event. The phenomenal success of Strictly Claregalway is testament to the fact that when we work together as a community we can achieve great things.
For photos from the night, check out our Facebook album here.