Irish dancers’ eyes smiling

Three hundred people packed into St Walburges Church Hall on Saturday for a fun-filled fundraising Irish night.

The event, which featured ceili dancing, traditional live music and a one-man-band, was organised to raise funds for the Whelan-Joyce School of Irish Dancing, who were on hand to perform a range of routines.

Great time: Pupils from the Whelan-Joyce School of Irish Dancing who took part in a fund raising night in St Walburges Church Hall to raise money for five of their colleagues. (Pictures: DAVID HURST)

Great time: Pupils from the Whelan-Joyce School of Irish Dancing who took part in a fund raising night in St Walburges Church Hall to raise money for five of their colleagues. (Pictures: DAVID HURST)

Five members of the school have secured places at the prestigious All-Ireland Championships in Dublin starting on Saturday, and the £1,900 gained on the night will cover their expenses and hotel bills.

Teacher Siobhan Joyce said: “It was an absolutely fantastic night, I couldn’t believe the turn out.

“We raised a total of £1,900, £300 of which was donated by members of Chorley Masonic Hall who were impressed with a performance we gave them earlier in the year.

“We are over the moon at the donations and the support we have in the local area.”

She added: “Everyone had a great time. As well as all the great dancing, it was also good just to have a good old Irish night.”