‘Strictly Let’s Dance’ fever hits Kilkenny

The official launch of the Strictly Let's dance charity fundraiser in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation took place last Saturday evening at the Rivercourt Hotel. Celebrities taking part include 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 and KCLR DJ John Keane. The event takes place at Lyrath estate Hotel on June 8th. Photo: Pat Moore.
Fourteen couples have been introduced at the launch of Strictly Let’s Dance Kilkenny, which already looks set to live up to all the buzz generated around the event.

Fourteen couples have been introduced at the launch of Strictly Let’s Dance Kilkenny, which already looks set to live up to all the buzz generated around the event.

The couples have begun training for what promises to be one of the most exciting events to hit Kilkenny this summer. All are taking part in a six-week training programme in the lead-up to the big day, June 8, in the Lyrath Hotel.

“It’s shaping up to be an incredibly exciting night, dancers are training really hard,” event manager Rachael 
Ellard of Vesper Project Management told the 
Kilkenny People.

“We have lots of suprises up our sleeves for the night itself.”

Judges on the night will be Pat Byrne, (winner of the Voice of Irelenad, Eoin Carey (KCLR FM DJ) and Laurena Hanley. A number of local celebrities are also taking part in this exciting event including Irelands Strongest Man, James Fennelly; 
Olympic High Jump Athlete, Adrian O’ Dwyer; handball champion, Ducksie Walshe; Olympic boxer, Darren O’ Neill; KCLR DJ, John Keane; former Kilkenny Rose, 
Aoibhinn Murphy;

Contestant Shannon Forerest owner of Kwilla said she was looking forward to the event.

“I signed up for Strictly Let’s Dance to get to know more people in Kilkenny,” she said.

“I never imagined it being this much fun and I’m 
having such a laugh. I’m so happy to be participating in this great event for the Irish 
Heart Foundation!”

Ticket sales are strong. They are available at the Book Centre Kilkenny. For more information call Rachael Ellard 
on 085-7520548.