Tipperary’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ spectacular offers a lifeline to children of Chernobyl

Tipperary Strictly Come Dancing winners Nikki O'Connor and Shane Lawlor recieve their prizes from Adi Roche and Seamus Lahart.
Getting the Va Va Voom into the performance is a winning formula in ballroom dancing a feat which the victors of a Tipperary Strictly Come Dancing spectacular pulled off with great aplomb.

Getting the Va Va Voom into the performance is a winning formula in ballroom dancing a feat which the victors of a Tipperary Strictly Come Dancing spectacular pulled off with great aplomb.

A dramatic entrance in a flashy Greased Lightning car set the tone and its occupants Shane Lawlor and Nikki O’Connor lifted the roof with a

.vibrant ,classy jive to win the Tipp Strictly 2013 crown.

They were one of ten couples who provided a wonderful night of entertainment to over five hundred people who were blown away by the style and elegance of the contestants.

Shane, a High School teacher and Nikki, O’Connor of ‘Kool School’, had Hotel Minella rockin’ as they transported the audience back to the 1950’ Rydell High School drama with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies.

The night was packed with entertainment..Among the highlights were a cheeky Charleston, from Michelle Moloney and Donnacha Doyle, a defiant Paso Doble from Pat Treacy and Ruth Quinn and a slick piece of R& R from Leah Skelly and Keith Green .

Clare Bridle and David O Gorman , Arthur O Donnell and Jan Leahy, Maria Gleeson and Dan Casey,Tom Ryan and Margaret O Dwyer ,Brid Wilkinson and Michael McGiuane,Laura Moloney and John Ryan completed the talented line up .

Tipp Strictly, the brainchild of Seamus Lahart and Breda Delahunty, celebrated its third year putting on a magnificent show.

In those three years up to 40,000 has been raised for `Barrettstown , Alzheimer’s and this year the proceeds went to the Childrens Chernobyl Project..

On hand to enjoy the night was Clonmel’s Adi Roche founder of the Chernobyl Project who thanked the dancers and the organisers for nominating the Chernobyl Project.

She told the audience the dancers, the organisers and the people who supported the event they w ere throwing out a lifeline to young people in Chernobyl.

The funds raised would save lives of children said Adi.

Blown away by the awesome professionalism’ of the night Adi Roche said it was an extraordinary event that gave hope to children who were “hovering between life and death”.

She said the people of Clonmel had shown tremendous support to the project since it was established in the town twenty seven years ago and it was greatly appreciated by all involved.

Seamus Lahart started Strictly with Breda Delahanty after watching the programme on television and asked themselves if the format could be used to raise funds for charities.

“In the three years we have raised up to E40,000 and the support from everybody has been fantastic.”

Seamus thanked everybody involved on the hard working committee who had worked tirelessly to ensure that standards were raised every year.

“The dedication of the dancers has been absolutely fantastic. They would have all put in a minimum of four hours a week training up to eighty hours in total as preparation for the big night,” said Seamus

Seamus said they were thrilled that the event turned out to be such a major highlight on the social calendar and that the response 
from the public to the causes they had identified in the three year stint had 
been fantastic.

“The whole thing just took off and what was achieved was beyond our wildest 
dreams” he said.

The show was presented by Liam Molumby and the judges included Paul Walsh of Royseven, choreographer Deirdre Buckley and Noel O Donoghue of Dance Addiction.

They selected first timers Shane Lawlor and Nikki O’Connor as the winners and the winning duo received a rapturous reception as they revved up for a reprise to finish off the night.