Our Jigs N reels fundraiser took place in the Longford Arms hotel on Saturday night and was hugely enjoyed by all in attendance. We had 12 magnificent couples dancing in the first round before a packed house and our judging panel, all battling it out for a place in the last 3. All of the routines on display were top class and were testament to the hard work and preparation our 12 great couples put in over the last 6 weeks. After the first round of voting we were left with the top 3 couples, namely Annette Drake/Kiernan and James Edgeworth, Grainne Fox and Mickey Joe Keogh and Nicola Tully and Daniel Mimnagh who danced a second time for the title. Following another round of public voting and some serious number crunching back stage by our vote counters, our inaugural dance champions emerged. Congratulations to our very own Daniel Mimnagh and his dance partner Nikki Tully representing Kilglass Gaels who were worthy winners on the night.
We would like to thank all who helped out with the organisation and running of this event. Firstly all our great couples who dedicated a large amount of time over the last number of weeks preparing for the night, particularly those from other parishes as well as their mentors and choreographers Marion Kiernan and Mairead Loughlin. We would also like to thank Orlagh Reynolds and her staff at the Longford Arms for again pulling out all the stops to make sure our event was a success. On the night itself we had our own Gerry Hagan acting as MC and presenter and Michael Campbell providing the music. Both men did an excellent job and added greatly to everyone’s enjoyment of the event. Also special thanks to our on site technical expert and videographer Gerry Rowley and Martina Brady who did mammoth work in the lead up to the event as well as all who sold tickets, or votes on the night not forgetting our vote counters who were busy all night backstage. We would also like to say a special thank you to our 3 celebrity judges, Carol O Reilly of the O Reilly school of dancing, Kathleen Mahon the current Longford Rose and former great Roscommon goalkeeper Shane ‘Cake’ Curran fresh from his recent book launch.
A very special word of thanks to Marie McCormack who as the driving force behind the event and who has worked around the clock for the last month making the event a success.
Finally a big thank you to all who supported the event either by attending on the night, by purchasing tickets or sponsoring dancers or advertisement’s. Without you this great night would not have been possible.
We had a draw on Saturday night for a fine Christmas Hamper and our own Declan Rowley, our new senior team manager was the winner. Declan kindly donated the hamper to our local Saint Vincent De Paul society thereby ensuring that someone a little less off than us will have a slightly more comfortable Christmas.
On Friday night last our chairman Jimmy Halpin and Secretary John Dowd as well as website co ordinator Colm Devaney travelled to The Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise to accept our award for Leinster club website of the year 2014. Winning this award hot on the heels of our McNamee award for national Gaa website of the year in 2012 is testament to the professional nature of our website and the hard work put in by all involved with it in keeping it up do date. Well done to all involved with the website.
Our lotto draw took place on Sunday night for a jackpot of €1,600. The numbers drawn were 18, 21, 22 and 24. There was no jackpot winner. €20 winners were Brid McGoldrick, Ennybegs, Seamus Lynch, Lettergunnell, Clara Brady, Boher, Eamon Keogh, Ohill and Colly Clarke, Clonguish. This weeks sellers prize went to Kathleen Bracken. Next weeks jackpot is €1,700. Our lotto is available to play on line through our website at http://www.killoegaa.ie and can be purchased for a third party as a present etc for Christmas.