Bantry has Strictly Fever again as the third Strictly Come Dancing event takes place in the West Cork town. Hosted by St. Finbarr’s Boy NS, this hugely successful fundraiser has already raised almost €60,000 for this local school. This year, the school have partnered with Pieta House and in appreciation for the great work that they do, the committee will make a donation from this year’s profits to Pieta House.
Twenty-two hopefuls are fired up and ready to dance, directed by local choreographers Theresa O’Donoghue and Josie McAuliffe and are set to put on the performance of a lifetime. The theme for this year is ‘Strictly Goes To The Movies’ and will see the 11 couples replicate scenes from famous movies through the decades from Mamma Mia to Pulp Fiction and many more.
Brian Gleeson, principal at St Finbarr’s Boys’ National School thanked this year’s dancers, as he welcomed them to the Strictly Family. He also congratulated the whole community of Bantry for their amazing support of all local fundraisers, as well as thanking the sponsors, especially The Westlodge Hotel. Event co-ordinator Sandra Maybury referred to the school principal as the driving force behind Strictly Bantry, saying his enthusiasm for Strictly is infectious.
The live shows take place at The Westlodge Hotel, Bantry with a semi-final on March 7, followed by the grand final on Saturday March 14, when Strictly Bantry Winners 2020 will be announced.