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Patrick's Night to dazzle Croke Park

ST PATRICK'S of Palmerstown have sold out Croke Park.

Next Saturday, they bring their 'Strictly' event to HQ.

Over 800 people will be in the audience to see the Saints dance the night fantastic.

Among the judges will be Patrick's and Dublin hurler, Liam Rushe.

"Thirty dancers from the club and local businesses have been training for the past eight weeks. It has brought the club and the community together and it's sure to be the event of the year," predicts club chairperson, Pauline Mooney.


"What began as an idea a few years ago has finally come to fruition thanks to the work of the Pat's committee in conjunction with Kevin Rowe event management," adds Pauline.

"Dress rehearsals have taken place, and with just a few days to go, the excitement continues to build in Dublin 20."

Liam Rushe will be joined on the judging panel by choreographer, Roisín Kelly-Curran, comedian, Al Porter, and the director of the local Dramatic Action Stage School, Rob Murphy.

The 15 coupleS will be competing to win the big prize, the Glenaulin Glitterball.

"We started out with people of different abilities, some of whom didn't even know each other. But now we have a troupe of performers to be proud of."

So many people have helped to put the show on the road. The main sponsor is Luke Moriarty of Super Valu.

"We owe a huge thank you to the many volunteers who have given freely of their time and talents," states Pauline.

They include David McAuley Photography, Elaine Carpenter Hairdresser and Ciara Murray make-up.

The gala throw-in is at 7.45pm. An introductory video of each couple will feature during the night. "Along with an opening group dance, the couples will then perform a wide variety of dances. It's sure to be top-class entertainment."

The word around Glenaulin Park is that the Saints would outdo Michael Flatley and Jean Butler.

Online voting is available on www.stpatricksgaa.ie Votes cost €2 each. Lines close at midnight on Friday.

"It's all systems go now," remarks Pauline.

"And I'm sure we'll be talking about the St Patrick's dancers in Croke Park for a long time to come."