Ozanam Come Dancing 2017 – Raises a staggering €41,150!

THANK YOU all for helping us to raise an incredible €41,150 for our summer youth programmes in Ozanam House Resource Centre

HUGE congratulations to Joanne & Rory dancing ‘The Jive’ – our Ozanam Come Dancing Winners 2017!

WHAT A NIGHT! Ozanam Come Dancing 2017 was held in Liberty Hall on Friday 10th March. A sell out crowd filled the venue and they were wowed and amazed by our 12 incredible volunteer couples who danced the Salsa, the Tango, the Charleston, the Jive, Disco and Paso Doble among others.


Our amazing host Brendan Courtney was joined this year by our dance expert and world ballroom champion David Roberts and of course our celebrity judges Katherine Lynch, sharing her new found expertise from her performances in ‘Dancing with the Star’s and the music legend Mary Black, who also treated us to an iconic musical performance on the night. What a treat it was for us all!

Our volunteer dancers came on board from near and far. We welcomed staff and volunteers from within Ozanam House, staff from SVP House – shared services and East region offices and from some of our supporting companies including McCann FitzGerald, Abbey Capital, Symantec, Danceworld, AIB and Business in the Community Ireland. A HUGE THANK YOU goes to them all for their hard work, commitment and support. They put on a truly incredible show on the night and amazed everyone with what can be achieved after only 9 weeks of lessons.

OUR WINNERS – Massive congratulations goes to Joanne and Rory who danced ‘The Jive’ and are Ozanam Come Dancing Winners 2017!

A huge thank you also to all of our dancers sponsors and to the companies who donated goods and services to the event, to all of our volunteer helpers on the night and to everyone involved for all of your efforts and support in making Ozanam Come Dancing 2017 an incredibly successful evening. We look forward to seeing you all on the stage next year!

Thanks also to Orla Keeshan at White Lane Photography for volunteering her time and taking some incredible photos of the event which can be viewed on a photo album here:


Ozanam Come Dancing 2017


Ozanam Come Dancing is back! This is the fifth year of Ozanam House’s largest fundraiser. The funds from Ozanam Come Dancing help support our youth summer projects, which offer 280 young people of all ages in this community a memorable experience in a safe, nurturing and fun filled environment.

This year’s live event will take place on Friday 10th March at 7:30 pm in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1. It will be hosted once again by Brenden Courtney who will be guided by Katherine Lynch, Mary Black, and Dave Roberts on the judging panel.

Tickets for the event are ON SALE NOW. Get your tickets now, from the Central Ticket Bureau site ! (and hurry, word on the street is that they’ll sell out quickly!)

Ozanam Come Dancing 2017 is excited to have 12 brave couples who have volunteered to take on the challenge! You can check out our dancer’s profile pages to learn who they are and even cast a vote for them on the SVP website.

Want more information and to be in the know with everything involving Ozanam Come Dancing 2017?

No problems!

Stay tuned on Ozanam House news blog and our Facebook and Twitter for weekly updates on the dancers, event details, and much more!

You can also learn more about each of our dance couples, via the links below.

Lada and Anthony

Johanne and David

Alice and Keith

Aoife and Greg

Margo and Kevin

Brian and Ciara

Pauline and Shane

Aisling and Ross

Deirdre and Dariusz

Joanne and Rory

Orla and Sean

Helen and Johnny

Mens Group Trip to Skerries & Gormanston

On Thursday the group braved the chilly weather and headed for Skerries Mills in North County Dublin.

We had a lovely guided tour of the mills and followed that with a nice coastal drive across the border into County Meath to Gibneys of Gormanston for a delicious meal.

Thanks to all the staff at the venues and to our volunteers Noreen & Tom and student Zoe for their support with the group.

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Skerries 5     Gibneys 1

Active retirement Group

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“Today, Wednesday 22nd March, some of our active retirement group members started a six week program to improve their digital skills – the main focus will be on learning how to use their mobile phones more effectively . We are delighted to team up with Loreto College, St. Stephen’s Green for this project. A group of transition year students from the school will be coming to Ozanam House every Wednesday to work with our members on a one to one basis to pass on technology skills”



Active retirement Group

On Friday, 10th March, the Active Retirement Group spent the morning in Baldonnell Aerodrome – this is the headquarters and sole airfield of the Irish Air Corps and it is also used for other government purposes.

We had a very interesting tour of the facilities, the hangars and the Air Corps museum. We then adjourned to An Poitin Stil for a very welcome cuppa and a tasty roast chicken lunch.

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Chicken Au Pair at the Mens Group

Even though there were only 2 days at the Mens Group this week, we packed a lot of activities in:

On Tuesday, apart from pool, board games, tea and chats, there was the regular bingo which is always very popular:

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Thursday was Cookery Class and this week one of the group members introduced one of his favourite dishes to the group: Chicken Au Pair with pasta and garlic bread. As you can see below, it looks delicious and, as always, there were empty plates!

Chick AuPair 1      Chick Au Pair 2  Chick Au Pair 3

After Cookery Class, there was more Bingo followed by a group workshop which was hosted by one of our students, Zoe.
The workshop focused on what the group means to the men, some of the things that they like doing in the group and some of the things that they would like to do in the future. Over the next few weeks, Zoe will work one to one with the men to explore in depth what the group means to the guys and will co-create a group project that the guys can keep.

Workshop 1   Workshop 2

Happy St. Patrick’s Day


This is one of the activities carried out in the Children’s Centre this week while preparing for St. Patrick’s Day. While making these necklaces, the children are improving their motor skills, understanding patterns and sequences and of course learning about our national flag. We’ve had a lot of fun and excitement getting ready to celebrate La Naomh Padraig!!!

Mens Group

The Walking Football is going great on Tuesdays and is really bringing out the competitive element in some of the men. The same is true for the men who don’t participate in the football as we play bingo while the rest are at football and the atmosphere can be cut with a knife with the anticipation of someone calling ‘CHECK’!


Speaking of knives, anyone for a slice of cake……..!!?

On the menu at the Mens Group Cooking Class this week we had Carrot Cake. As you can see, the lads spent much time preparing the ingredients. In fact, they made no less than 2 cakes which were nicely garnished with homemade chocolate sauce. There was so much cake that we shared it among the staff in Ozanam House. All we could hear around the building was: Mmmmmmm, carrot cake!

Carrot Cake Prep 1     Carrot Cake Prep 2    Carrot Cake Finished

Meet Our Special Guests!

Our fifth year of Ozanam Come Dancing has us welcoming back some familiar faces but we’re also delighted to have some new special guests on board too! All are excited to be a part of the show!

Brendan PicBack again for his third year as our show’s host, we have Brendan Courtney. Brendan is a broadcaster and a fashion designer. Brendan has produced and presented countless TV series including BBC’s “The Clothes Show” as well as RTE’s ‘Off The Rails’ which he fronted for 7 years. In 2012 Brendan co-launched women’s wear collection “Lennon Courtney” which is now exclusively available at Dunnes Stores. His women’s fashion & lifestyle platform & app www.frockadvisor.com is the number one destination for smart, sassy intelligent women. Most recently he launched the fashion discovery app “fafinder” with lots of boutiques to be found in one place.


Katherine Lynch 2017 - Black and WhiteAnother returning face who will be scoring our dancer’s moves is Katherine Lynch. Katherine is best known as a comedian and television personality with many smash hit shows over the years This is her third year on the judging panel so she is amost our resident pro and now fresh off Ireland’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ where she was hugely successful, we look forward to her a new perspective going into this year’s show. She now has firsthand experience of the time and hard work it takes to pull off a great dance routine!


New to our panel this year is David Roberts. He’s the one who will be looking to see if our dancer’s toes are pointed and that they’re in step. David has danced for most of his life and has been All Ireland senior ballroom dancing champion 13 times and can boast the title of US Open classic ballroom champion to his name. David has also appeared on the original Come Dancing series on the BBC and is currently a championship adjudicator and a member of the All Ireland board of ballroom Dancing.


Mary-BlackLast but certainly not least, we are ecstatic to be welcoming Mary Black as the final judge on our panel. For the last 25 Years Mary has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, tv shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. Mary has been a great supporter of SVP over the years and performed on this year’s Christmas CD in aid of the Society. A little birdy also tells us that Mary may even share her amazing talent with us and sing a few songs!!

We hope you have your tickets for what will be a great show!