Dancers help raise thousands for Southern Area Hospice Services


Armagh City Hotel was rocking to the beat of country music on Saturday 26th November 2016 as Southern Area Hospice Services hosted a very successful ‘Strictly Goes Country’ fundraising event.


A great night of entertainment was enjoyed by those in attendance with over £34,000 raised for Southern Area Hospice Services. The night was compered by the wonderful Malachi Cush and saw eight couples take to the stage. They were:


Couple 1: Emma Donaghy (Camlough) & Declan Savage (Monaghan)

Couple 2: Aimee White (Newry) & Andrew McCann (Lurgan)

Couple 3: Amy Robinson  (Derrylaughan) & Christopher Gribben (Armagh)

Couple 4: Aimee Wilson (Ardboe) & Ryan McQuaid (Monaghan)

Couple 5: Michelle Casey (The Brantry) & Sean Murray (Hilltown)

Couple 6: Bernadette McCamley (Newry) & Damien Moan (Banbridge)

Couple 7: Eleanor McAleer (Pomeroy) & Vinnie Gillen (Pomeroy)

Couple 8: Pauline Mallon (Benburb) & Raymond Moan (Mayobridge)


All the dancers put on a fantastic show and at the end it was couple number 3, Amy Robinson and Christopher Gribben who stole the show. They were awarded ‘Dancing Champions’ by the judging panel, which was made up of Lynette Fay of BBC Radio Ulster; James McGrath, winner of the 2016 Monaghan Country Music Festival Jiving Competition and dance teacher at Jivetastic; and Tammy Love of ‘Love Jiving’. The award for ‘Fundraising Champions’ went to Pauline Mallon and Raymond Moan who between them raised over £4,000 for a great cause.


Southern Area Hospice Services would like to thank all of the dancers who took part – they were in training for the event for three months and ‘Strictly Goes Country’ would not have been possible without them. They would also like to thank Turlough O’Neill and Ciara Tinnelly who choreographed the show, the Armagh City Hotel, the judges for the show, Emma McAnallen of EMA Photos, Paddy McGurgan Make-Up Pro Store, Southern Regional College Hairdressing School, Christian Brothers’ Primary School in Armagh and The Quayside in Newry for their support with the training, everyone who donated prizes for the raffle, all of the local businesses who took advertisements in the programme or provided sponsorship for the event, the volunteers who assisted at the event and everyone who attended and supported ‘Strictly Goes Country’.


All the money raised through ‘Strictly Goes Country’ will help Southern Area Hospice Services to continue their work, caring for people in the local area who are living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, HIV and Aids. With a fundraising target of £2.5 million for 2017 they rely heavily on the generosity of local people and businesses as they work towards that figure.


There is a small number of DVDs of the show available by contacting Anne on 028 30251333 or email They are priced at £10 each.



Cheque Presentation: Pictured are (back row L-R) Ciara Tinnelly, Turlough O’Neill, Ryan McQuaid, Sean Murray, Andrew McCann, Vinnie Gillen, Christopher Gribben, Raymond Moan, Damien Moan, Lisa-Ann Blakely, (front row L-R) Aimee Wilson, Emma, Donaghy, Pauline Mallon, Aimee White, Anne Mac Oscar (Southern Area Hospice), Amy Robinson, Eleanor McAleer, Bernadette McCamley. Missing from the photo are: Michelle Casey, Declan Savage and Colin Graham.