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By Sean Moriarty

Members of the Dr Crokes GAA Club put the disappointment of their All-Ireland club final defeat to rest - by dancing the night away in the INEC on Friday night.

It was a glitzy affair as over 1000 attended the club’s second Dancing with Crokes event, modelled on the very popular Strictly Come Dancing template.
And it was the perfect antidote - just 12 days after their All-Ireland final loss.

Since January, 10 local couples were put through a rigorous training regime by local dancer David Rae of Celtic Steps fame.

The competition was so tight even the judges could not pick a winner and it was eventually decided to jointly award the victory to two couples.

Mary McMahon and Eric O’Connor danced a tango, while Eilis Cronin and Harry O’Neill danced a paso doble to ‘The Final Countdown’.

PRO Aoife Cronin was another club member to take part in the event.

“We had great craic over the 10 weeks training, we won’t know what to do with our spare time not that it is over,” she said. “David was very good. We opened on the night with all 20 of us dancing to ‘The Greatest Showman’ and it really was that. It was so good, that at the end of the night we all came back out and did it again.”

Proceeds from the night will go towards the team’s training fund, and hopefully, another trip to Croke Park next March.

[caption id="attachment_25461" align="aligncenter" width="3224"] Kieran Brosnan, Michael Fleming, Caoimhin O'Donoghue and Karl McMahon performing in the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25462" align="aligncenter" width="3500"] Participants in the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25463" align="aligncenter" width="4000"] Participants performing 'The Greatest Show' dance at the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25464" align="aligncenter" width="2800"] Frances O'Sullivan, Marian O'Doherty, Deborah Anne O'Shea and Geraldine Lyne at the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25465" align="aligncenter" width="2771"] Ava, Breda and Bridget Sheehan at the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25466" align="aligncenter" width="2900"] Marina Bubinek, Stacey O'Sullivan and Marjana Klepac at the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25467" align="aligncenter" width="2900"] Geraldine Payne, Aine McMahon and Tracey O'Shea at the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25468" align="aligncenter" width="2783"] Sean and Bridget Clarke, Paul Clarke, Lorna O'Connor and Brian Clarke at the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25469" align="aligncenter" width="2900"] Rebecca and Anne Nagle and Amanda Fleming at the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_25470" align="aligncenter" width="2900"] Carmel and Marian O'Callaghan and Hazel Deegan at the Dr Crokes GAA Club 'Dancing with the Crokes' show at The INEC, Killarney on Friday night. Picture: Eamonn Keogh[/caption]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

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