Popular all over Ireland and the UK thanks to the TV show of the same name, Strictly Come Dancing will come to Breaffy tonight with a strong local feel. Breaffy GAA Club in conjunction with the Mayo Mental Health Association is proud to present Strictly Come Dancing at the Breaffy House Events Area this evening.
Twenty local people will strut their stuff within the same format as the hugely popular TV show. While Bruce Forsyth was not available to present the show there will be no lack of entertainment on the night with the very popular local comedian Frank Forde hosting the competition.
The dancers, of course, are the real stars of the show and have been learning their routines under the watchful eye of excellent choreographer Colette Hastings. With her enthusiasm and bundles of patience she has whipped them into shape in recent weeks. Some very recognisable local people have been busy polishing their shoes and their dancing moves recently as they bid to impress in Breaffy House.
Breaffy GAA club stalwart Gerry Bourke and club secretary Siobhan Dravins will be hitting the floor together. Gerry will hope that his experience and Siobhan’s youth will be the perfect combination. Well-known local man Anto Heneghan has often cut a dash at Breaffy GAA dinner dances in recent years and he’ll be hotly tipped to do well with Ann Murray on the dancing floor.
On the football field it is no secret that Eddie Conroy has no left foot worth speaking of; and Sandra Kenny will be hoping he doesn’t have two left feet when it comes to dancing or the Breaffy Ladies star will have to carry him through the routine. Padraig Mylett is known to have no right foot on the field - maybe between himself and Eddie Conroy there will be a decent dancer. Aileen Collins will bring her twinkle toes from the playing fields to the dancefloor alongside Padraig.
Seamus King was a late sign-up and the Castlebar Rugby Club stalwart will require a much greater fleet of foot than in the rugby pack when he dances with Joan Gibbons. The favourites at this stage are Brendan Cunningham and Celia McDermott who have nearly moved to the stage of teachers already with their rendition of Mamba Number 5.
The keen competitive streak in Colm Jordan will see him and Veronica Morley go close - Veronica kindly on loan from Islandeady GAA Club for the night. Liam Irwin and Lana McGlade will be hoping to put to good use all the dancing moves they picked up in Mantra, while Michael Heneghan and Gayle Tarmey are hoping to show how it’s done. Stephen Lynch and Andrea Silke (like Veronica, a teacher from Davitt College ) are another set of dark horses. No more than the Jordan’s, the competitive Lynch streak might see Stephen and Andrea come close. This Strictly Come Dancing event will be a fantastic night full of fun and laughter for all the family and with tickets at only €10 won’t break the bank either. An event of this size requires a lot of organisation, but the club is fortunate to have a very good festival committee, which has worked long and hard behind the scenes. This event follows on from the success last August of the Breaffy Blast Festival weekend which saw the main event of the Barn Dance preceded by the Breaffy National School 50 year reunion and followed by the ever popular 10K fun run and family fun day. All support on the night is gratefully received. Children can attend for €5 and anyone looking to buy tickets or sponsor any of the dancers can contact Rosaleen Ivers, Tom Mulchrone, Martin Golden or any of the committee. People can also pay in at the door on the night.