Every week a group of around 50 to 60 people gather for Social Dancing in the St John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town. They enjoy a few hours of dance, chat and refreshments.

Social Dancing runs from 11.00am to 1.00pm each Monday. After a break for the summer, it resumed this week. The organisers are delighted with the response to the weekly activity. But they believe there are many more people in the wider community who would enjoy the benefits of Social Dancing.

Philomena Gallagher said: “It is a really nice get together; great exercise for the people who like to dance, but you don’t have to dance if you’re not up for it. The cup of tea and the chat is just as important.”

Indeed, as the music starts and people take to the dance floor, there is a lovely, warm atmosphere.

Regular attendee Mary Harrison said: “It is a great way to connect with people and to get to know people.”

Another regular is Bridie O’Neill.

She told the Donegal Post: “I couldn’t live without it. I look forward to it every Monday morning. It is the highlight of my week.”

Her friend Rose Mitchell agrees.

“It is very enjoyable,” she said. “It is suitable for everyone whether they are able to dance or not because there is the social aspect too. You can have a cup of tea and a chat.”

Warm Welcome

The message from Ms O'Neill to people who has not yet come along because they are afraid they wouldn’t know anyone is: “You don’t know what you are missing.

“When I came first, I was terrified of coming in. Once I came in, that left me and I enjoy it every week.”

Ms Mitchell added: “You are enlarging your circle of friends.”

Maura Reynolds who also enjoys Social Dancing every week says: “It is a great social activity. You don’t have to be a pensioner to come. Everybody is very friendly. You won’t be left sitting on your own.”

Some of the many lovely people who take part in the Social Dancing every Monday in the St John Bosco Centre

Ms Reynolds said it was also a great opportunity to learn new dances.

And indeed, those present on Monday were enjoying everything from old time waltzing to line dancing, barn dances and much more.

Anyone who would like to join in is welcome to pop in to the St John Bosco Centre any Monday from 11.00am to 1.00pm.

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