The second weekend in June has been a busy weekend for the Clonmore area over the past few years. Three years ago Clonmore GFC presented “A Wedding in the West” when over 450 people attended a mock wedding reception in the grounds of Robert Emmet Park. In 2011, Clonmore Regeneration Group launched their book, DVD and exhibition relating to the HLF “Clonmore Through The Years” project. On the 9th of June 2012, it was the turn of the football club to once again to put on a show stopping event which they did in the form of “Strictly An Chluain Mhór” in the Armagh City Hotel.
With the venue packed to capacity our nine local couples: Frances Molloy and Kieran Conlon; Cathy Crossey and James Grimley; Claire O’Donnell and Liam Casey; Breda Cunningham and Maurice O’Neill; Ailsa McGeown and John Foye; Fancea McNally and Kieran Mullen; Danielle Dynes and Talal Jomar; Helen Mulgrew and Aidan Daly; and Sarah O’Hagan and Stephen Donaghy; entertained the crowd with their Salsa, Jives and Ch-Cha-Chas in their set dances and their highly original and sometimes “unique” freestyle routines. Our judging panel of Fr Eugene O’Neill, Caroline McKee and Barry McElduff were equally entertaining with their comments and reviews of the performances.
Under the production of Gerard and Caolan Cunningham the couples starred in short film introductions which were humorous parodies on films, fairytales and other escapades. The crowd were also entertained by the children from “Strictly for Kids An Chluain Mhór” and “The McBennett Sisters” as well as a DVD presentation of auditions and outtakes produced by Roisin McAliskey, Caroline McKee and John McBennett. The couples took part in a group dance of the Charleston before the winners announcements were made by the comperes for the evening, Gerard Cunningham and Roisin McAliskey. The judges’ choice winner deservedly went to couple number eight, Helen Mulgrew and Aidan Daly who gave an amazingly professional performance. Third place in the Audience Choice Winners category were Sarah O’Hagan and Stephen Donaghy, second place Cathy Crossey and James Grimley and the winners’ title of Strictly An Chluain Mhór went to popular couple Frances Molloy and Kieran Conlon.
There are so many people to thank for the show’s success particularly the couples themselves who had put in hours of practice over the past two months and the fundraising committee for Clonmore GFC who ensured that the entire production ran so smoothly. As well as this there were those who assisted in costumes and props, Roisin Magee who provided make up for the cast on the night, those who took part in the videos or provided venues/facilities for filming and particularly the local businesses who bought adverts in the show’s programme without whom the quality and magnitude of the show would have not been possible.
We look forward to seeing the DVD of the night and wish to thank all those who attended the event and voted for the couples – it has been a wonderful achievement for a small club to develop and produce such an ambitious show and is a credit to all who were involved www.clonmore.net