Kilkenny
ready for ‘Strictly
Let’s
Dance’

Handballer Michael 'Ducksie' Walsh, strongman James Fennelly, dancer and organiser Rachel Ellard, and Olympian Adrian O'Dwyer were at Kilkenny Lyrath Estate Hotel for the launch of Strictly Let's Dance in aid of the Irish heart Foundation.
Hearts are set to race on dance floors across Kilkenny, as the Irish Heart Foundation brings its own red-hot version of a hit ballroom dancing television show to Kilkenny.

Hearts are set to race on dance floors across Kilkenny, as the Irish Heart Foundation brings its own red-hot version of a hit ballroom dancing television show to Kilkenny.

In its first ever ‘Strictly let’s Dance’ ballroom competition, the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke is giving 30 men and women from Kilkenny the chance to train for seven weeks alongside top choreographer Helen Dunne, before competing in a glamorous dance-off finale in the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny. Dancers will be partnered up during training, and on the night of the final competition, a judging panel will crown two lucky participants king and queen of the dance floor

A number of local celebrities are also taking part in this exciting event, including Ireland’s Strongest Man James Fennelly; Olympic high jump athlete Adrian O’ Dwyer; holder of 36 All-Ireland medals, handball champion Ducksie Walshe; Olympic boxer Darren O’ Neill; winner of Voice of Ireland Pat Byrne; KCLR DJ John Keane; Kilkenny Rose Aoibhinn Murphy; Mayor of Kilkenny Sean O’ hArgain and many more.

Money raised will go towards the charity’s work in research, lifesaving resuscitation and patient support for those affected by heart disease and stroke.

“We’re delighted to be holding our first ever ‘Strictly Let’s Dance’ fundraiser in Kilkenny and hope local people will put on their gladrags and dance their hearts out to support our fight against heart disease and stroke,” said Tracy Power, regional fundraising manager of the Irish Heart Foundation.

“This is a great event for ballroom dance fans; we’re looking for participants from all fitness levels and no dance experience is necessary. During the seven weeks of training we’ll teach you the basics of dance and pair you with a suitable partner. If you have stars in your eyes for ballroom dancing, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills, get fit and make new friends, while helping raise vital money to save more lives from heart disease and stroke, which claimed 220 lives in Kilkenny in 2011.”

A number of local business are sponsoring the fundraiser, including Fennelly Fitness and 
Kilkenny Formal.

The Strictly Let’s Dance finale takes place on Saturday, June 8 at the Lyrath hotel, Kilkenny. Tickets are available for €20 per person.

For more information or to register for ‘Strictly let’s Dance’ log on to www.irishheart.ie or contact Tracy Power on 087-2800995 or 
email tpower@irishheart.ie.