Dancing for Stars show in Clonmel was a night of great entertainment

Dancing for Stars

Dancing for Stars show winners Rebecca Nolan and Darren Kinsella, with event manager and producer Maria Gleeson and choreographer Ruth Quinn

‘Saturday Night at The Movies’ by The Drifters was the opening song of the night - and it certainly reflected the performances of 11 couples dancing to a movies and musical-themed event at Hotel Minella, Clonmel for the Dancing for Stars fundraiser for the Tipperary branch of Down Syndrome Ireland. 

The dancers were tutored by the amazing choreography skills of Ruth Quinn, who was also the director and producer of the show.  

The night was of major importance to Ruth and her family, as it was a tribute to her nephews Jack and Eoin Fitzgerald.  

The audience not only went home with sore hands from clapping the whole night long, but with sore feet from jumping off their seats in multiple standing ovations throughout the night, each act as entertaining as the last.

As well as detailed dance moves, the performances and production of the event blew everyone, including the judges, away.

Above -  Trish McGrath and Mark O'Meara dancing a Tango during the Dancing For Stars show in aid of the Tipperary branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.

The MCs were the dynamic duo of Mia Carney and John Leahy and the judges were John Nolan, Rosemary Scolland and Francis Lecias. The standard was so high that the judges had a very difficult task to pick a winner.  

John Nolan, professional dancer on RTE’s Dancing with the Stars, said he was very proud of the show produced by his friend Ruth, even commenting there were dances that wouldn’t look out of place on RTE. 

The winning dance was the energetic Charleston, performed to 'Hot Honey Rag' from the movie Chicago by Rebecca Nolan and Darren Kinsella, who reigned supreme in the end.  

Interval acts from RQD Dance added to the entertainment, as did an emotional dance by Tipperary Treasures, a group of children and young adults from the Down Syndrome Ireland Tipperary Branch.  

This dance set the tone for the evening, with the positive energy and happy vibe palpable throughout the night.

Above -  Dancers acclaim the winning act at the Dancing For Stars show at Hotel Minella, Clonmel.

The show went off without a hitch and Maria Gleeson, event organiser and producer, said it would not have been possible without the help of the committee members Mellissa McCarthy, Tricia Shoer and Nessa Baker.  

The money raised is still being gathered and counted and the amount will be announced in the coming weeks.

For those who would like to watch the dancers' performances all over again, the DVD night is being held on Friday, 17th August in Gleeson's pub in Irishtown, and all are welcome to join the organisers in looking back on a fantastic show.