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08 February 2016

Sunday November 2nd 2014 witnessed one of the most entertaining nights in the Canal Court in Newry when the Aghaderg Club and Parish co-operated to present a night of Jigs and Reels. The talented and courageous dancers strutted their stuff on stage in front of almost four hundred of their friends and neighbours. The audience and sponsors were well entertained and showed their appreciation with a major contribution to club and parish funds.

The joint parish/club committee (pictured right) decided to organise a similar event this year with an emphasis on a wider range of dances borrowing from the popular Strictly Come Dancing format. Sixteen couples have volunteered for the event which was formally launched in the GAA hall on Sunday February 7th. Cathy Devine expressed her thanks to all the dancers who had come forward and introduced Claire Cunningham from Dance Academy Newry who will be the chief choreographer and co ordinator of the mentors who will support each of the couples.

The dancers include six married couples.

Barry & Aveen Armstrong 
Gerard & Elaine Lennon 
Damien & Pauline Lennon
Terri & Chris Sands 
Caroline & Dave Furnace
Sharon & Andrew Carr

The reigning Jigs and Reels champions Deirdre McGrath & Sean Warnock
our own P.P Fr Colum Wright & Ann Haggart,
two members of the Senior Football team -
Bronagh Fitzpatrick & Aaron McAvoy and
Laura Fletcher & Michael Fitzpatrick.

The final six couples are:

Una Hughes & Colum Conway 
Damien Simpson & Olivia Goodman
Kathleen Kearney & Paddy Simpson
Mairead McGrath & Linas Murray
Leanne Winters & Martin Donnelly
Aine Strain & Ollie Fitzpatrick.

The dances include:
The Charleston,
The Jive, The Salsa,
The Rumba,
The Waltz and
Hip Hop.

The music varies from
Queen to Sharon Shannon
Nathan Carter to Bruno Mars and
Abba to Justin Bieber.
An eclectic collection!

The sixteen couples have volunteered to spend four months preparing for their individual dances. It will be physically demanding and probably nerve wrecking on the night but a fantastic challenge. Club members and parishioners can make their contribution by ensuring the Canal Court is full on May 29th.