WINNERS of the Kerins O’Rahilly’s Strictly Come Dancing, Rosie McGrath and Dominic Rollo-Walker, were at Inspired, Friary Lane, on Tuesday where they donated their winnings from the contest.
The pair out-danced some stiff competition on Satuday night to win the Judges Vote and chose to donate their €500 prize to the group.
Inspired is a community project, started up in 2014 to empower adults with learning disabilities and give them chances to integrate with the community, find employment, and extend their educational development.
Rosie said; “I met Marie in town collecting one day for the charity, and I was very curious to what she was doing and who she was collecting for. She took matters into her own hands when services were failing her and her daughter, in terms of further education for her teenage daughter.”
She continued; “I called down and offered to volunteer because I’m a montessori teacher myself, and when I saw the work that they do here, and the subjects that they teach, I was just so impressed and overwhelmed. It’s just amazing. They were the first people we thought of [when deciding on a charity]. ”
Classes such as literacy classes, yoga classes, cookery, drama, gardening are held at Inspired. Marie O’Connor said; “The participants tell us what they would like to do. And we find the tutors and run the classes for them.”
The public vote winners at the Kerins O’Rahillys Strictly Come Dancing event, Ogie Moran and Eileen O’Shea, will also receive €500 to donate to charities of their choice.