All roads led to Golden on Sunday night for Strictly “by the Suir” a fundraiser run jointly by Golden GAA Club and Kilfeacle and District Rugby Club.
Thankfully the organisers didn’t try to emulate neighbours, Boherlahan, last year and go alfresco, on one of the foulest night’s of the year so far such a decision would have left participants and audience alike wondering if they were in, rather than by the Suir!
The community hall was literally full to capacity as upwards of seven hundred patrons came to support the event. I don’t no what the folk of by gone days would have made of it all, the likes of this has not be not seen locally before,it was like The Eurovision Song Contest, Oscars Night and Rocky all in one. The normally tiny stage was enlarged to impressive proportions and with it’s starry, starry sky backdrop and lighting kaleidoscope the scene was pure Broadway.
Continuing with the showbiz theme compére Michael Fitzgerald, looked dashing in black tie, sort of James Bondish. His encyclopedic knowledge of the dancers, their lineage and backgrounds was admirable, Rose of Tralee next? Michael introduced the judges just before the start: Breda Ryan (Tipp Mid West Radio), Michael Cooney (World Champion Irish Dancer), Rosemary Scollard (Irish Dancing Matters) and Johnny Luby (Seasoned Strictly Judge). Then one by one from a doorway at the back of the hall came the eighteen couples, each greeted by a cacophony of sound and flashing lights as they made their way through the audience up onto the stage. All the dancers acquitted themselves with aplomb, most were appearing on stage for the first time and the training put in over the past six weeks under the guidance of choreographer Ruth Quinn, was evident for all to see. Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Lindy Hop, and many more were danced with a confidence and expertise that had the house in rapture all night long. And at the end of the night there could be only one winner, the judges made their decision and the nod went to locals Pakie Hallissey and Liz Moloney. As a dancer Liz could be described as an unknown quantity, but not so Pakie, for he danced and weaved his way out of many a situation while playing at out-half for Kilfeacle RFC throughout the province.
The whole event was a outstanding success, from which both clubs will benefit to the betterment of their members and supporters. The organising committee chaired by Danny Hallisey can be proud of their achievements. Well done.