Big night as Ballyhegan dancers take to the stage

FROM THE 'TIMES' ARCHIVE...Ballyhegan Davitts present a cheque for �500 to Marie Curie Cancer Care following the gaelic football club's Park 'n' Stride fund-raiser. From left are Seamus McCann (chairman), Margaret Coleman (Marie Curie Cancer Care Craigavon chair), Joan McCann (The Famous Grouse, sponsors) and Shauna Wilson (The Famous Grouse, sponsors).
FROM THE 'TIMES' ARCHIVE...Ballyhegan Davitts present a cheque for �500 to Marie Curie Cancer Care following the gaelic football club's Park 'n' Stride fund-raiser. From left are Seamus McCann (chairman), Margaret Coleman (Marie Curie Cancer Care Craigavon chair), Joan McCann (The Famous Grouse, sponsors) and Shauna Wilson (The Famous Grouse, sponsors).

The Strictly Ballyhegan fundraiser attracted support from around 500 in Armagh City Hotel on Saturday.

Eight couples stepped out on the stage following months of practice under the guidance of Linda May.

The entertainment also featured an exhibition by members of Ballyhegan youth.

Thanks go to Sheena Kelly and Gerry Cunningham for hosting the evening, plus the judging panel of Louise Fahey, Justin McNulty and Father Oliver Brennan.

The couples on show were Bronagh McCann and Philip McGeough, Ciara Duffy and Jarlath McCann, Colleen Robinson and Tony Keegan, Eimear Murray and Conor Williamson, Eve Lavery and Shane Morgan, Gemma McCourt and Chris Grimley, Moya O’Gorman and Paul Dennison and Roisin Derry and Plunkett McCormack.

McCourt and Grimley topped the salsa standings, with Lavery and Morgan the leading freestyle pairing.

Gerard Morgan’s last-gasp point provided Joe McGrane with a winning start to life as manager of Ballyhegan seniors.

The 0-8 to 0-7 success on Friday against Eire Og arrived in difficult weather conditions against the Intermediate visitors.

Conal Gallagher’s early double and a Daniel McKeever point put Ballyhegan in control before Conor Williamson extended the lead.

The first Eire Og point was registered ahead of success for Conal Gallagher off the back of good play by Daniel McKeever and Rory McKeever.

Jonny McKeever produced a fine save on 45 minutes within a period of Eire Og pressure that featured points by Thomas Reynolds and PJ McNally.

It was honours even entering the final minute when Morgan made his mark.

Ballyhegan closed out the weekend programme with a defeat by 2-8 to 0-10 away to Clan na Gael.

The home side moved clear by 1-3 inside the first four minutes before Thomas Reynolds registered a score off Shane McKeever’s pass.

Thomas Reynolds then found Shane McKeever and the latter added to his tally before a fine Jonny McKeever stop to keep the half-time deficit to six points.

Ballyhegan started the second half with three points without reply thanks to Thomas Reynolds, Mark Hughes and Conal McKeever.

Conal McKeever, James McKeever and Thomas Reynolds increased the scoring after the interval.

ANNAGHMORE

A numbers of seats remain open on the bus running to Annaghmore’s gala ball at the cost of £10 per seat, with booking via Geraldine Cullen for the 5.30 departure time.

A baking competition will run on Sunday, March 29 in the clubrooms, with admission £5.

Fitness sessions operate as follows: Monday evenings (7-7.30, £2), Wednesday evenings (7-8 o’clock, £3), Friday mornings (6.30-7 o’clock, £2).

The latest lotto numbers are 5, 7, 13 and 23. The Match Three winner is Conor McKeown.