Ballingarry GAA swap hurleys for dancing shoes in ‘Strictly’ fundraiser

The beautiful Ballingarry girls get ready for 'Strictly' in aid of the local GAA club.
Ballingarry GAA held the official launch of their biggest ever fundraising initiative ‘Strictly Love Dancing Ballingarry’ where 32 locals will take to the dancefloor on February 14.

Ballingarry GAA held the official launch of their biggest ever fundraising initiative ‘Strictly Love Dancing Ballingarry’ where 32 locals will take to the dancefloor on February 14.

If the atmosphere at the event is anything like the launch party we are in for thrilling night at the Dome in Thurles. Vesper Events are managing the event and have told us to expect a huge production with amazing choreography and lots of surprises in store on the night.

Brave volunteers from across the parish came together to dust off their dancing shoes and take part in the event where they have been undergoing vigorous dance training with professional dancer and choreographer Rachael Ellard. “The dancers have been working immensely hard over the last few weeks. They have stepped completely out of their comfort zones and are surprising themselves at what they can achieve. They have really embraced the challenge and deserve lots of support from the people of Ballingarry for what they are willing to do for their club and community”

Dancing couples include: Bridie Dalton and Liam Fitzgerald, Eimear Cahill and James Logue, Triona Barrett and Michael Fitzgerald, Rachel Fitzgerald and Padraic Hayes, Joey Kealy and Willie Byrne, Lorraine Doheny and Pat Corcoran, Fiona Lawlor and John Lawlor, Imelda Cleary and Brian Cooney, Sharon Slattery and Tom Butler, Aine Quinn and Gerry Fitzgerald, Alison Blackmore and Robbie Campion, Emma Dunne and Alan Cooney, Mary Butler and John Cahill, Mairead Maher and Ciaran Shelly, Elma Cooke and Seanie Cahill, Aishling Ivors and Adrian Cleere,

The dancers seem to be really enjoying the training.

James Logue said - “I was sceptical at the start when our secretary first approached me to do it, so were the other few hurlers, since we started training it’s been a fantastic experience, it’s creating a huge atmosphere within the community and surrounding areas and the support so far has been unbelievable and hopefully it continues.

“I’m looking forward to the night now in over two weeks and the rest of the training and hopefully everyone there will enjoy the spectacular show”.

Emma Dunne added - “I’m really enjoying it, its great fun and a fantastic fundraiser for the club. I’m also getting to know people that I didn’t know before which is great too!”

Pat Vaughan of Ballingarry GAA thanked all of the dancers for getting involved. He said - “We would like to thank the dancers for their hard work and commitment to this event. We are really looking forward to seeing them on stage and wish them the very best of luck. We would also like to thank all of our sponsors who have been so generous and everyone who has helped out. Tickets are selling very fast so we would advise everyone to get them early as it is very likely that they will be sold out prior to the event”.

The event takes place on Saturday, February 14 at the Dome Thurles. Doors open at 7pm with show starting at 8pm sharp.

any of the dancers or call Patricia Butler on 087 7674051