Dance the afternoon away and make new friends
By Mary O’connor
Fancy getting out of the house and enjoying some live music and dancing? If so, the Sunday afternoon tea dances at the Claregalway Hotel may appeal.
The events, which are held over the winter months, are run by the HSE West’s health promotion service in association with a number of voluntary groups.
The dances resume on Sunday and continue very Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm until the end of March.
Paul Gillen of the HSE West’s health promotion department, says social dancing has become “really popular” in many parts of the country.
“For many it presents an opportunity to socialise or enjoy live music or indeed just to take time out to relax. The Claregalway Afternoon Tea Dances are entering their sixth season and the committee are looking forward to seeing all their friends again.”
Participants extol the benefits of this pastime. One participant said, “I have found that social dancing leads to a continued engagement with life, past, present and future and holds the promise for successful ageing. It gives me something to enjoy and it alleviates loneliness and literally helps take away the aches and pains associated with ageing.”
Tea /coffee and scones, will be served during the afternoon.
Upcoming attractions will include Outback on Sunday, Cahir Sound on October 14, Liam Naughton on October 24 and Hillside Duo on November 4. Admission on the door is €7 and the proceeds will go towards the running costs.
For further information telephone Paul Gillen, Health Promotion Services, HSE West at (091) 548323.