The votes are cast in the General Election, and there are some who say we may even be back to the polling booths before the year is out, but the one most important vote you have in 2016 is in Moycarkey-Borris Strictly Come Dancing. Forget Jackie’s triumph and Lowry’s legacy, because on March 27th, Easter Sunday, these dancers are the only show in town! The event will take place in The Dome, Thurles, and will begin on the night at 8.00pm.
The sixteen couples taking part have been in training for a number of weeks now, with local choreographer Derlene Cleary tearing her hair out… sorry, keeping a watchful eye on their progress. Of the couples, a Paddy Power source has confirmed that despite a recent injury in training, popular local Joe O’Sullivan, along with his partner Catherine Maher, are the early favourites with the bookies but are still available at odds of 3/1. However, they will have stiff competition. All Ireland Scor dancing champion Martin Cooney, along with Ellen McCormack, will prove tough opposition, while young JJ Darmody, dancing with Rachael Dowling, has assured the Tipperary Star that the title “is in the bag”. With representatives from many local businesses, organisations and schools performing, this is sure to be a hugely enjoyable night with many recognisable faces on the stage. In a statement released to the paper this week, club chairperson Gus Hackett admitted that, “now I’d be up there myself only for a bad knee, but fair play to each and every one of them for taking part, it’s been a huge commitment and the club is sincerely grateful. We are also grateful to all of our sponsors, especially those who provided ice packs and bandages for the dancers.”
The Strictly Come Dancing format has proven an immensely popular evening out, with a number clubs and organisations hosting the event in recent years, and Moycarkey’s edition looks set to be a successful addition to the list. Master of Ceremonies on the night will be none other than RTE legend Marty Morrisey, who is sure to add some of his trademark candour to proceedings. On judging duty will be locals Jack Bergin, Joe Kirwan, Trish Kirby and Anne Marie Hayes. This crew have graced many a dancefloor between them, and will surely prove tough critics of our hopeful hoofers. The after party will then take place with DJ Andy Kinane.
Tickets cost €20 and may be purchased from any club member, as well as from shops in the parish. All support for the event is hugely appreciated, and remember, your vote matters!