Walting the night away in Camross
Thirty couples, many of whom who had danced the night away in the famous ballrooms of the south east 40 years ago, attempted to strike their competitors dead with fancy footwork and graceful moves in the inaugural Camross Ballroom Country Waltzing competition at the weekend.
More than 200 people attended, many of them joining the competitors on the dance floor. Married couples, partners and 'just old friends', some of whom 'who could not put two feet together' got in on the act.
Michael Doyle, chairman of the 95-year-old Camross Ballroom said the concept came from dance promoter Gerard Butler of Armagh who was impressed by Camross hosting of the South East heat of the national Jiving competition in January, creating 'great excitement in the area'.
He presented the prize of a voucher for a stay in a Kilkenny hotel to the overall winners Tom and Veronica Byrne, of Kiltealy and runners-up prizes to Eamonn and Eileen Power from Fethard on Sea and to partners Matty Wall, Campile and Pauline Power, of Glenmore.
Mary Kelly, the competition judge, a dance school teacher in Castledermot, whittled the waltzing couples down from 30 to three saying the finalists were amongst the best dancers she had ever seen.