Carey Faughs GAC have done it again!! The only place to be on Saturday the 8th December 2018 is Carey Hall for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. It is sure to be the sell-out event of the year. And so it should be as 10 couples of all ages trip the light fantastic to wonderful music and state of the art lighting supplied by Mr. Brian Boyle of Festival Productions.
Carey Faughs is one of the oldest GAA clubs in North Antrim. They were formed at the start of the 20th century and not only took part in the first ever Feis na nGleann but came home with the Shield of Heroes.
Down through the years this club has been the cement that has held this small rural community together and when not on the pitch playing hurling, they are busy organising events like “Strictly Come Dancing” continuing to keep our community together – just listen to the ‘craic’ generated about who is dancing with whom. Will the ‘Strictly’ curse strike in Carey?
These events are only successful if a lot of people put in lot of hard work. It started with committee members Chris Campbell and Brendan Butler who by fair and sometimes foul means, managed to get enough couples to take part. It has be said though that all couples have found it to be a truly uplifting experience. Come and see exactly why.
With the couples selected the next thing required is a brave soul to actually teach these people how to dance – no mean ‘feat’ if you pardon the pun. The short straw was drawn by Claire McGuckian a truly amazingly talented dance teacher from Claire Creative Moves. Claire has shown what her professionalism, patience and expertise can produce. A truly inspiration manager – Republic of Ireland soccer team take note.
Event organisers Brendan Butler (lef) and Chris Campbell (right) with compere for the evening Liam Beckett and dance tutor Claire McGuckian.
No show can run smoothly without an amusing and articulate compere. Our compere for the evening is Mr Liam Beckett from Ballymoney, no stranger in Antrim Sporting circles. Liam, a former player for Northern Ireland, has managed Cliftonville FC and is currently a pundit for BBC Sport Northern Ireland.
Unfortunately ’Strictly” is a competition and someone has to win. The courageous 4 people attempting to judge these amazing dancers are Mr Aiden Gallagher, a well-known sheepdog trainer and champion trial winner. Mrs Margaret McAuley, well know long distance walker and long time supporter of the club. Mr Michael McMullan, local pharmacist, actor and singer and Miss Paula Reid of the Reid School of Irish Dancing and champion Irish dancer herself. We wish them luck in their hard decision making – free body armour is available for all the judges.
Tickets are limited and are flying off the shelves (in formation of course) so get on the ball and get yours now. You can get your tickets from any of the dancers or at the following outlets.
Hunters Bar, Ballyvoy.
McBrides Vets, Ann Street, Ballycastle.
Brendan Butler, Insurance and Mortgages, Dalriada House, Ballycastle.
The club would like to publicly thank all the local businesses that generously sponsored both the dancers and the show. Without their generosity we would not be able to run a show like this.
Don’t have two left feet. Get out to Carey and move to the beat!
The Strictly teams with compere Liam Beckett.
MEET THE CONESTANTS
1. Frank McCarry and Una Campbell
Frank is PRO for the club and also North Antrim Secretary. He also knows everything anyone need to know about computers. This is how Frank and Una met for Strictly.
Una is accounts manager for Campbell & Co Solicitors but really would like a career change and is considering dancing in the future.
2. Barry O’Loughlin and Sonia Serramia
Sonia come to carey from Spain as the local vet. Although getting to know all the local sheep farmers she had to travel to Swatragh in South Derry to find a Derry Farmer. Barry couldn’t wait to take part in Carey Strictly.
3. Kevin McGowan and Niamh McComish
Niamh originally from the Mountains of Mourne set up home in Ballycastle a few years ago but her heart really lies in the Mountains of Carey. Kevin a regular contributor to Colerain Chronicle with his historical page couldn’t wait to dance in Strictly.
4. Anne McBride and Gerard McAuley
Jack of all trades Gerard McAuley tries his hand at everything. Now he is trying to dance. Anne from Glenariffe is now a familiar face around the Carey Club.
5. Sean McLoughlin and Caroline McCambridge
Sean is using his winter break from hurling to practice his first wedding dance with bride to be and local dentist Caroline
6. Elizabeth Hill and Darren McVeigh
Elizabeth normally sell makeupand perform at her place of work in McCaughans chemist. She is hoping that she can improve the dancing skills of Darren who flew back from Vancouver to add his weight to the event.
7. Nat and Amy Hunter
Nat a Senior hurler for the last 18 years has decided to take the easier option to dance his way to further success on the dance floor with his wife Amy. Amy is usually on the side line cheering Nat on but tonight will be steering him around the floor.
8. Teddy Hunter and Catherine Butler
Teddy our local publican and chef is taking time out of the kitchen to show his other skills dancing with Catherine who rumours has it that she is taking a career break to travel Ireland by motorcycle after Strictly finishes.
9, Maria Paterson and Daniel McKinley
Daniel, a big favourite around the club has decided to forsake preseason training in favour of strictly. Maria is a retired teacher and has nothing more to learn and will quickly knock Daniel into shape.
10. Martin and Brenda Hunter
Martin in the twilight of his hurling career wanted to show everyone that if his dancing partner and wife Brenda can keep his discipline under control that there is no reason why they couldn’t make to the final of Strictly.
A Bit About our Dancing Teacher
Claire McGuckian from Creative Dance Moves
Claire started Irish dancing at the age of 4 for the Loughgiel school of Irish dance and won various championships throughout her years competing at solo championship level and has had the privilege of winning world championship titles with the rest of the group. Her passion for dance never left her and she attended the University of Ulster in Derry where she graduated 10 years ago with a first class honours in dance. Since graduating she freelances teaching in various schools, community settings and healthcare establishments delivering a range of dance and movement classes for young and old. In more recent years she has choreographed productions for schools and community groups and she is grateful to be able to pass on these skills to the eager participants from Carey involved with ‘Strictly Come Dancing. We at Carey Faughs GAC are delighted that Claire took up the challenge to teach our couples a new skill. Claire is professional and dedicated to her job and we would highly recommend her to any club that is thinking of doing Strictly as a fundraiser.