Strictly fever hits Bantry
It’s time to slip on the dancing shoes as Strictly Come Dancing waltzes into Bantry next month to help aid St Finbarr’s Boys National School.
Over three show-stopping nights in Bantry, 32 contestants will take to the floor to show off their dance skills.
The school’s newly appointed principal, Brian Gleeson, took up the challenge of raising funds and the local support demonstrates what better way than a razzledazzle Strictly Come Dancing event. Such was the overwhelming response from the public, the event had to be spread over three nights.
Under the direction of dance instructor Michelle Naughton, the participants are already following a demanding training schedule.
As they prepare for the performance of a lifetime, which will include spectacular group routines as well as dazzling couple dances, Michelle said: “I’m really enjoying working with the Bantry group, they are so eager to learn and have made great progress already.”
Organising committee member Cllr Danny Collins said: “Strictly is a first for Bantry and I’m delighted to be involved in this fundraiser. All the dancers must be commended for participating and giving up their time to raise funds for St Finbarr’s School. It is great to see such comradery between the 32 dancers”.
A glitzy red carpet launch of the planned March event has taken place at The Westlodge Hotel where each couple was revealed, along with the style of dance they will perform.
And among the judges for the grand final is Kerry football great Aidan O’Mahony, last year’s winner of the RTÉ
Dancing with the Stars spectacle. He will be joined by local dance teachers Theresa O’Donoghue and Josie Mc Auliffe, along with Deputy Michael Collins and the current Miss Bantry, Katie Murphy.
The Battle of the Ballroom kicks off at The Westlodge Hotel with the first semi-final on Friday, March 9, with the second event the following night. The couples with the most votes, combined with judges scores, will advance to the grand final on Sunday, March 18, also at The Westlodge Hotel.
Event coordinator Sandra Maybury said: “Strictly fever has certainly taken over Bantry and the response we have received for this event has been amazing. The dancers involved form part of a really fantastic line-up and all shows promise to delight audiences with lifts, tricks, glitz and glamour.”
The Strictly boys ready for the Battle of the Ballroom in the Westlodge Hotel in aid of St Finbarr’s Boys National School, Bantry.
The Strictly girls ready to take to the dance floor at the Westlodge Hotel.
Lily de la Cour and Ronan O’Mahony at the launch of Bantry’s Strictly Come Dancing style fundraiser for St Finbarr’s Boys National School.
Participants Damien Hicks and Shelly Connolly.
Diarmuid Sheedy and Bríd O’Leary looking forward to showing off their dance skills.
Ger O’Brien and Gillian Harte enjoying the Strictly experience.