Put on your dancing shoes for three worthy charities

Put on your dancing shoes for three worthy charities

Park Sunday, October 30 as an important date for your diary, as the Midland Dancing Committee host the Grand Finals of several competitions in The Well, Moate, at 3pm.

A number of competitors from the midlands and beyond have already been selected to take part, but if you have a passion for dancing, you are more than welcome to come along on the day and register at 2pm to take part. Admission is just €10.

This is the fifth anniversary of the competition, and a large crowd of competitors and spectators is expected.

Tom Farrell, PRO, and Mary Flanagan, Secretary of the committee explained this week that the aim of the competition is to raise money for South Westmeath Hospice,  the Irish Cancer Society and St Christopher’s, Longford - three very important and worthy charities who are doing tremendous work behind the scenes.

“We have to date raised in excess of €23,000 and it is hoped that we can exceed this amount this year,” they said.

“We all know people affected in one way or another and this is our way of saying thanks to these very deserving charities,” they continued, adding that the competition has been running over the summer months in various venues throughout the country. 

Having initially started as a waltzing competition, dreamt up by Pat Carty, a native of Tubberclair, interest in the competition and in dancing has grown dramatically, heralding the introduction of numerous other competitions including; Social Waltz Old Time; Beginners Old Time Waltz; Ballroom Old Time Waltz; Social Quick Step; Ballroom Quick Step; Beginners Slow Waltz; Ballroom Slow Waltz; Social Jive and Ballroom Jive.

The committee would like to thank all who have supported them so far in any way, as well as Declan Manton for hosting the event.

Any further enquiries can be made to Pat and Nuala Seery, competition organisers at 087 9099602 or 044 9223247, or Mary Flanagan, committee Secretary, on  0906432184 or 0863532054.

The Midland Dancing Committee is made up of the following: Pat Carty, Chairperson; Esther Fox, Treasurer; Mary Flanagan, Secretary; Tom Farrell, PRO; Willie Fox, Declan Menton, Joan Carey, PJ Coghill, Pat and Nuala Seery, Andy O’Donohoe, Willie Heslim, Mary Fagg and Paddy Finnegan.