Strictly dancers impress judges

THE winners of Co Louth’s first ever “Strictly Come Dancing” event wowed the judges with their perfect ten performance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’.

THE winners of Co Louth’s first ever “Strictly Come Dancing” event wowed the judges with their perfect ten performance of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’.

Niamh Ward from Darver and Jonny McGailey from Dromiskin also won the hearts of the public when they took to the stage in The Fairway’s Hotel, Dundalk on Saturday, March 5.

“They went that little bit extra, using guitars, stools and even clothing as props for the performance,” said Michael Kinahan of St Joseph’s GFC.

“They were so spot on that when Jonny threw his hat into the crowd he even managed to find his Granny Kinahan with it.

“Their timing was perfect and they worked excellently as a couple, finishing the performance with an ambitious swing which they pulled off with aplomb.”

Speaking after the win McGailey praised his dance partner, Niamh, and their dance trainer, Lynn Jackson. He also attributed some of their success to their song choice.

“I was blessed with the partner I got, I couldn’t have had a better one, I know that the pairing was a random draw, but ours worked out perfectly,” he said.

“I was also delighted with the song choice, it really suited us. But anyone of the couples could have won it, such was the standard from all the guys.

“There has been a serious amount of hard work put in by all contestants and we would like to thank Lynn for her training and patience over the weeks.”

Niamh and Jonny scored perfect tens with all four judges - Harry ‘The Hatchet’ Lee, who provided great entertainment by playing the Simon Cowell pantomime villain role; Louth football manager and newly elected TD, Peter Fitzpatrick; Lynn Jackson and Dervla McGee.

Twenty-two contestants took part in the competition, which kicked off St Joseph’s GFC’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Gerry Kinahan MC for the night started off proceedings by introducing the celebrity judge panel.

First up were local well known business woman Adrienne Kehoe and her partner Martin White, and the final pairing of the night was Ann King from Castlebellingham and Dromiskin man Brian “Barney” Campbell.

Philip Kirk, Shane Byrne and Fiachra Cunningham performed a musical interlude while the public voting got underway.

When asked about the sold-out event, Joe’s secretary and mastermind of the night, John Fox said: “I was delighted that all the hard work by many was worth it in the end. The dancers have been amazing to work with.”

Kilkerley Emmets GFC and Dundalk Chamber of Commerce are both planning to hold similar events later in the year.