Glitz, glam­our and fun at INEC for Strictly

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHERE else would you find such glitz, glam­our and danc­ing to beat the band on a cold Fe­bru­ary evening ex­cept at the an­nual Strictly Come Danc­ing in Kil­lar­ney where crowds packed the INEC to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for 12 re­mark­able cou­ples who turned weeks of cre­ative re­hearsals into a mem­o­rable re­al­ity.

Gone this year were the mu­si­cal themes and it cer­tainly made for a more ex­pres­sive and cre­ative show. As ever, dance teacher Mary Philpott parted with the best in­struc­tion any dancer could hope for, but once the cur­tain was raised the dancers were on their own – and they didn’t dis­ap­point.

Each cou­ple was sup­ported by their own fan club of fam­ily and friends who re­ally got be­hind them, help­ing to add to an al­ready spe­cial at­mos­phere. One of the most dif­fi­cult tasks of the night fell to the judges whose job it was to pick one cou­ple – not easy given that all the cou­ples had per­formed to a high level.

Af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion, the se­lect panel of Danny Leane, Deputy Michael Healy-Rae, Mary MacMona­gle and The Ker­ry­man’s very­own Michelle Cooper Galvin de­cided on Seanie McSweeney and Cara McDon­agh who danced spec­tac­u­larly to ‘Beau­ti­ful Trauma’ with a seam­less tran­si­tion into ‘Any­where’.

“It’s all for a great cause as the money raised for the night goes to­wards pro­vid­ing what are es­sen­tial can­cer ser­vices in Kerry,” said Michelle after­wards. “The per­for­mances were just spec­tac­u­lar and when you add in the cos­tumes and at­mos­phere from the crowd, it made for an amaz­ing night.”

“The INEC is a big venue so it takes a lot of courage to take to the stage and per­form as well as these cou­ples did,” she added.

Pro­ceeds raised are not yet known but since the event started just three years ago it has man­aged to raise an in­cred­i­ble €165,000 for can­cer ser­vices in Kerry, money that mainly goes to­wards pro­vid­ing night nurses for ter­mi­nally ill peo­ple who are looked af­ter in their own homes – a ser­vice funded solely by the Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Chair­per­son of Kil­lar­ney/ South Kerry Branch of the Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety, Eu­gene Sul­li­van, said the night was a great suc­cess, ad­ding that this year’s at­mos­phere was, once again, very spe­cial.

“Each year you think this event can’t get any more en­joy­able and it al­ways ex­ceeds ex­pec­ta­tions. The event al­ways man­ages to cre­ate ma­jor highs for the dancers and the au­di­ence, and Mary Philpott did an amaz­ing job with the cou­ples,” said Eu­gene.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Win­ners Seanie McSweeney and Kara McDon­agh with fel­low con­tes­tants cel­e­brat­ing their win at the Strictly Come Danc­ing in aid of Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety in the INEC on Fri­day.

Photo Michelle Cooper Galvin.

The even­tual win­ners Seanie McSweeney and Kara McDon­agh in ac­tion on the INEC stage.


Con­tes­tants who took part in this year’s Strictly Come Danc­ing event at the INEC in aid of the Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety: Ciaran McCarthy, Kel­lie O’Sul­li­van, Kara McDon­agh, Seanie McSweeney, Ni­amh O’Con­nor, Pa­trick Lynch, Danny Bros­nan, Olivia Christe, Aoife McSweeney, Don Mur­phy, Hazel Mur­phy, Kieran Flem­ing, Les Br­zozka, Fin­nola Haploid, Michael Mil­ner, Denise Collins, Mar­ion Casey, Kevin Lynch, Damien Fenton, Noreen O’Sul­li­van, T J O’Sul­li­van, Ann Marie Nel­li­gan, Der­mot O’Meara, No­rann Keane with com­mit­tee mem­bers Eu­gene O’Sul­li­van, Kath­leen O’Shea, Kath­rina Breen, Timmy mo­ri­arty, Eleanor O’Do­herty and Mary Philpott.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Con­tes­tant Fin­nola Halpin with Ella Kate and Richard Halpin at the Strictly Come Danc­ing event in aid of Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety at the INEC on Fri­day.

Ava O’Do­herty, Pa­tri­cia and Delia O’Meara and Caitri­ona O’Do­herty at Strictly Come Danc­ing at the INEC on Fri­day night.

Judg­ing panel mem­bers Mary McMona­gle, Danny Leane and Michelle Cooper Galvin at Strictly Come Danc­ing at the INEC.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Con­tes­tant Michael Mil­ner with his son Ryan at the Strictly Come Danc­ing in aid of Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety in the INEC on Fri­day.

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