Dundalk Chamber in association with The Nestling Project held their Strictly Come Dancing on Friday 3rd June last. The Judges on the night were – Alvaro Lucchesi, Niamh Roddy, Anne-Marie Hamill & Pat Roddy. The dancers were introduced by Pat O’Shaughnessy MC for the night. Other entertainment included performances from Funky Feet, Crystal Ice and Elvis.
The top five couples did a dance off and the judges decisions was final. 1st Place was Grainne Hoey of Jagged Edge and Shane Kelly of Sunhill Nursing Home, 2nd Jonny McGailey of Boylesport and Niamh Ward of Harvey Norman, 3rd Claire Byrne of Mizu and Stephen Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Electrical. Other awards included Most Glamorous Couple which went to Irene Daly of Holy Family Community Creche and Stephen Duffy of Pennys and Most Improved Dancer went to Emma Brennan and Brian Byrne of Harvey Norman.
The show on the night was produced by Alicia Grills Grant of The Studios. Special thanks to Mizu for hair and makeup, Jim McDonnell of Tony McDonnell Menswear for sponsorship of dress hire, Harvey Norman for sponsoring the Green Room, and all the staff at Oriel Park. Details and photos of the show can be found on www.facebook.com/strictlycomedancingdundalkchamber.
The Nestling Project promotes independence and well-being in later life through better integration of services to support ageing-in-place. Ann Marron and Pat Kerins work closely with older people in the community, supporting access to appropriate services and building the social networks of older people.
“Strictly Come Dancing was a great event and we are proud to be associated with it”, said Ann Marron. “We have a great community spirit here in Dundalk as evidenced by this very successful event organised by the Chamber of Commerce. Having worked on the Nestling Project for a number of years, I’ve personally seen the strong community spirit here in Dundalk. Fundraising is very tough in the present climate and the Nestling Project is very grateful for the support it has received from Dundalk Chamber of Commerce through Strictly Come Dancing. This money will help ensure that we can continue to offer a variety of activities which ensure a better quality of life for our older people. Some of which include Tai Chi, horticulture, the choral group, historical events, social outings to a variety of locations, and volunteer befriending in the home”.