21 April 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

Feedback regarding the Carrick Emmets Strictly Come Dancing event at the Nuremore Hotel on Friday night last was universally positive, as participants had the time of their lives and spectators felt that it was a truly unique idea, which put the fun back into fundraising.
The large audience weren’t disappointed as the dancers’ feet didn’t fail them, and the six weeks of rehearsals paid off.
Here follows a list of the brave souls who put their best feet forward for the event in aid of the GAA club’s new development on the Donaghmoyne Road: Noel Swinburne and Majella Finnegan; Colm Birdy and Martina Birdy; Rory McEneaney and Diane Dempsey; Padraig Hackett and Deirdre Patton; Anthony O’Reilly and Sinead Russell; Declan King and Teresa Carragher; Sean Guinan and Mary Quigley; Raymond Marron and Ann Marie Shevlin; Garrett Marron and Edel Kirk; Brian Clarke and Louise Steele; Tomás McMahon and Siobhan O’Kane.
Tomás McMahon, Club Chairman said that he was a little embarrassed to have won the competition with his dance partner Siobhan O’Kane! The hand-jiving duo drew with Louise Steele and Brian Clarke in the judge’s vote accounting for 40% of the marks. Both couples receiving a perfect score with each of the four judges scoring them tens right across the board.
The audience vote, which made up the other 60% favoured the McMahon/O’Kane combo, but there was only a couple of votes in it, between them and the senior team’s Noel Swinburne and his dance partner Majella Finnegan. In fact, it was so close that there was a recount — now that’s democracy in action!
Ironically, Tomás said that he got roped in at the beginning of rehearsals, when he just called in to wish the participants luck! However, he doesn’t regret a single thing about what he described as “a brilliant experience”.
There was such a buzz about the show that dvds of the event are already on advance order from people who couldn’t make it to the Nuremore. These will be available to the public shortly from local shops in the Carrickmacross area.
The esteemed judging panel on the night was made up of: Frances Matthews, Carrickmacross Town Clerk; Pat Cassidy of Platinum Tanks, one of Carrick Emmets main sponsors; Peter Gollogly, drama guru and club member and last but not least, Lynn Jackson, their dance teacher.
Comperes David O’Rourke and Orla O’Kane were also credited with having done a sterling job. Incidentally, Tomás’s dance partner Siobhan and Orla are daughters of Tony O’Kane, a former vice chairperson of the club, who is remembered with great affection. Tomás also commented that Tony would have been very proud of his girls.
Carrick Emmets GFC would like to extend sincere thanks to the following, given the enormous success of the venture:
The event’s organising committee: Francie McGinn, Orla O’Reilly and Pauric Keenan; Lynn Jackson and Leslie Goggins, the dance instructors; All the dancers for their time and effort, also their partners, families and friends for encouraging them to take part by designing costumes, doing babysitting etc.; Andy Capaldi for designing the programme and all the sponsors who took out ads in it; Murphy Video and Panic Sound; The Nuremore Hotel for providing a fabulous venue; Carrick Emmets Club members who aided the organising committee on the night and anyone else who helped out in anyway — a great debt of gratitude is owed to you all.

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