IT’S time to dust off your dancing gear, because Celebrity Jigs and Reels is coming back to Limerick - and it is going to be bigger and better than ever.
On Friday, September 23, at a venue yet to be disclosed, 40 local celebrities will do battle on the dance floor in a bid to raise as much as possible for the new Cancer Care Unit planned for the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.
The event is being organised by Adare man Dave Dineen, whose wife Julie-Anne has suffered from breast cancer.
Over the last few years, Dave has raised almost €100,000 for the Mid-West Regional Hospital’s cancer facilities in the past few years.
Confirmed celebrities include fashionista Marian Murphy Cooney, UL Bohs stars Anthony Reddan and Larry Hogan, Limerick senior footballer John Galvin, hurler Niall Moran, and his Banner county rival Niall Gilligan.
Limerick Chronicle advertising executive Debbie Moloney will be representing the press, while White House manager Glen McLoughlin has been installed as 6/1 favourite following strong performances in previous charity dance-offs.
Also dancing will be Moyross fundraiser Tina O’Gorman. Just €18,000 away from raising €1m for charity, organiser Dave Dineen hopes it will be his event which sees her surpass this mark. Two further notable contestants are breast cancer survivors Lavinia McNamara and Trudy Meaney.
The dance stars will have to impress judges Michael Donnellan and Sandra Comgravie, from Riverdance.
Speaking to the Limerick Chronicle, after the launch of the event at the Castletroy Park Hotel, Dave said he hopes to raise more than €8,000 for the proposed cancer care unit.
He revealed the celebrities are all set to start an intensive Irish dance training programme this week. It is at this time they will learn their style of dance, and more importantly, their dance partners.
Debbie said she “jumped at the chance” of getting involved in Jigs and Reels, having already taken part in the ‘So you think you can Dance’ fundraiser last year.
“My grandmother died from cancer, so this charity is very important to me. I decided to throw my inhibitions out the door, and just went for it,” she said.
For more information, and tickets to what is expected to be one of Mr Dineen’s most successful events, visit www.facebook.com/ODonovanProductions. Tickets will cost €10, and are expected to be on sale soon.