NEWLY elected Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick in one of three celebrity judges who will evaluate the dancing talents of contestants in the much anticipated Strictly Come Dancing competition on Saturday, March 5.
The other judges include Riverdance performer Dearbhla McGee and former Dundalk FM presenter, Harry Lee.
The female contestants include HR consultant Aine Fox, Blackrock; Dundalk women Adrienne Fox, manager of The Lisdoo; office worker Sarah Dooley; and medical scientist Niamh Ward; hair stylist Tanya Stewart, Dromiskin; Darver housewife Caroline Neary; HSE staff member Emma Murphy, Cooley; Kilcurry student Roseanne Heaney; teacher Aideen Smyth, Castlebellingham; hair stylist Ann King, Castlebellingham; and community welfare officer Elizabeth Butterly, Stabannon.
The male dancers are Dromiskin farmer, Brian Campbell; engineer John Sands, Haggardstown; ESB electrician Enda McKeown, Dromiskin; publican Charlie Coyle, Dundalk; warehouse operative Mark Gogarty, Dundalk; Cooley haulier Mixer Hanlon; bar manager Kevin Soraghan, Blackrock; sports scientist Jonny McGailey, Dromiskin; photographer and sub teacher Patrick Clarke, Blackrock; sports therapist Martin White, Woodtown; and Ardee teacher Paul Malone.
The pairings are as follows: Adrienne Keogh and Martin White; Aideen Smyth and Enda McKeown; Aine Fox and Mark Gogarty; Ann King and Brian Campbell;
Caroline Neary and Patrick Clarke.
The other pairings are: Elizabeth Butterly and Mixer Hanlon; Emma Murphy and Kevin Soraghan; Niamh Ward and Jonny McGailey; Roseanne Heaney and Charlie Coyne; Sara Dooley and Paul Malone; and Tanya Stewart and John Sands.
The 22 dancers have undergone eight weeks of intensive training from Lynn Jackson, a professional dance coach from Monaghan who has both classical training and experience of choreographing numerous musicals.
The event is taking place in the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk, and will be based around the popular television show format.
The dancers will perform group and paired dances for the celebrity judges and the audience.
Doors will open at 7pm with the first dance performance starting at 9pm. The show will be followed by a disco and a live band.
There are a limited number of tickets left for the event, so anyone who would like to go, should contact Joes’ secretary John Fox on 086-8033281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.