Friday 20 September 2019

Dancing divas

PART TWO of the Community Games special activities took place in Raheen Hall recently. Wexford Community Games wish to thank the local Newbawn-Raheen Area for hosting the event, and the judges who gave freely of their time.

On this occasion, all eyes were on the stage for the solo modern dance, group trad dance and group modern dance events. Nine competitors were in action in the solo modern dance, and it looked like they were all enjoying themselves. They had lots of energy and made good use of the stage, and there were some lovely dancers in this group.

The gold medal went to Chrissy Whitty (Newbawn-Raheen), with silver to Amy Doyle (Clonroche-Poulpeasty) and bronze to Jai Kiara McNamara (Glynn-Barntown).

Others who participated but finished outside of the medals were Glenn Caulfield, Eimear Murphy (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown), Moesha Dreelan, Joanne Richards (Clonroche-Poulpeasty), Laura Furlong and Christopher Coleman from NewbawnRaheen.

The group modern dance section had five groups in action, throwing all styles and shapes on the stage as they battled to win the event. Some very good movers were witnessed in the groups too.

The winners came from Newbawn-Raheen B and were represented by Maria Kavanagh, Jane Doyle, Hannah Furlong, Caitlin Mernagh and Colum Feeney.

Newbawn-Raheen A finished in the silver medal position, and the team here was Oonagh Murphy, Róisín Stephenson, Caoimhe Doyle, Tara Doyle, Julie Furlong and Grace Cooney. Bronze medals went to the team of Hayley Lattimore-Byrne, Emma Shannon, Ciara Murray, Annie Stafford and Amy Dee from the Taghmon Area.

Seven groups were in the group trad dance category from the Newbawn-Raheen Area, Craanford, Rathgarogue-Cushinstown (two), Ballycanew, Taghmon and Clonroche-Poulpeasty. Again there was very strong dancing, good timing and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Clonroche-Poulpeasty won the competition and had Nikita Buckley, Amy Doyle, Moesha Dreelan, Shannon Cleere and Aideen Cummins on their team. The Taghmon team of Shannon Byrne, Róisín Nolan, Jessie Doyle, Clare O'Gorman and Bronagh Murphy took the silver medals, and the bronze medals went to the Ballycanew team of Niamh Newens, Claire Byrne, Lily O'Mahoney, Róisín Timmons, Katie Doyle and Shauna Lawless.