Gill & Darryn

Gillian and Darryn

Dance; Charleston

Song; “Charleston” by Bob Crosby



I work with INM who are supporters of Ozanam House.  I volunteered with some colleagues to help paint the centre last year and was taken aback by the brilliant facilities and support they offer to local communities of North Inner City, Dublin. As a child, I took lots of dance classes – Irish, Tap, Jazz… you name it, I tried it.  I’m really excited to get involved with Strictly this year and brush up on my dancing skills for such a great cause.  I just hope Darryn doesn’t drop me on the night!”


Hi I’m Darryn, I’m 25 and from Tallaght. I have followed SVP for a number of years and have always been inspired by the great work they have done in the community. I have always wanted to get involved in fundraising and I thought the best possible way was to provide people with a laugh, there was no upcoming comedy gig, so my dancing will have to do! Looking forward to dancing the Charleston with Gillian.


If you would like to sponsor us, you can do so through the main SVP website

Maria & Derek

Maria and Derek

Dance; Paso Doble

Song; “Espania Cani” (Spanish Gypsy Dance) by Orquesa Del Tendido



I am a part-time volunteer for SVP in Malahide. As this year’s Dublin Rose I chose to formally work with SVP to raise funds for the charity, and in September was asked to participate in Ozanam Come Dancing. I am so excited to be involved as first of all Ozanam House do such amazing work for the youth in the community, but also as I am a former Irish dancer and dancing is my passion. I cannot wait to get stuck into the practice sessions and hopefully raise some much needed funds for Ozanam House’s summer programme.


I used to be a teacher but went back to study for a couple of years to transition into finance. And into dance! Not really, I usually keep the dancing for the tail end of a night out but the gang in the office have strong powers of persuasion! Now that I’m here, I’m certainly concerned about ruining the show, and dance as we know, it but I’ll give it my best and am really happy to help out a brilliant community centre like Ozanam House with fundraising.


If you would like to sponsor us, you can do so through the main SVP website

Brenda & Gary

Brenda and Gary

Dance; Cha Cha

Song; “Mercy” by Duffy



I am the general manager of Dance World.  I was introduced to Ozanam Come Dancing through Dance Worlds connection and sponsorship of the event. I have great admiration for the work and support Ozanam House gives to the local community. After watching the event the last couple of years it looked like a fantastic process to be a part of, I am delighted to be able to support and raise funds for the indispensable summer projects! I love to dance, and clearly force others to do so too….sorry Gary ?. Feeling both excited and nervous to perform, can’t wait to get started!


After being asked for years by Brenda to dance with her I finally got the courage and said I would and I know it’s a decision I definitely won’t regret.  From our first group meeting, where we were told about Ozanam House and its amazing work for the inner city community it was easy to see how much the centre means to everyone who uses it. And if making a show of myself on stage means that the centre can continue their work, then I’m happy to help!


If you would like to sponsor us, you can do so through the main SVP website

Catriona & Franco

Catriona and Franco

Dance; Jive

Song; “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and The Comets



I am a mother of two beautiful children and a full time secondary school teacher in the Donahies Community School.  I volunteered at the centre many years ago and saw all the hard work volunteers do and  the happiness they bring to the community. I wanted to become involved in this event as I love a challenge and I think it is such a creative way to raise money for such a deserving cause.  I am super excited at the thought of learning how to dance, dressing up in style and dancing in Liberty Hall. It will be a great story to tell the grandkids!  Go team Ozanam !!


My is Franco. I work in the Financial Services Department in Deloitte. I am delighted to be part of the event this year with an organisation that does so much for the community. Ozanam House provides activities to its members for learning and development, which is key for growth for children and people of all ages. I am excited to start fundraising and dancing with a great bunch of people. Hope it goes well for all of us!


If you would like to sponsor us, you can do so through the main SVP website

Ozanam Come Dancing is Back!

Ozanam Come Dancing 2018

Liberty Hall, 9th March 2018

Doors Open; 7.30pm

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You are invited to join us at our biggest FUNdraising event of the year; Ozanam Come Dancing 2018. This event will raise funds for the vital work we do in the community, focusing on our summer youth programmes where we hope to engage over 250 children and young people  from the north inner city in a safe and fun programme during the summer months.

Our twelve brave couples will battle it out to become Ozanam Come Dancing CHAMPIONS 2018. Our judges, and you, the audience, will decide which of our couples executes Cha Cha, Disco, Tango or Jive the best. Tickets will go on sale next week and can be purchased through our website

Stay in the loop here on our news page, our through our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the dancers, the events and even some sneak previews behind the scenes.

Last year, with your help, we raised a whopping €41,150 for our summer projects. So, join us on a night full of entertainment and fun. See you there.

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

Catriona and Franco

Brenda and Gary

Maria and Derek

Gillian and Darryn

Neisha and Jamie

Eimear & Ken

Lynn and Joe

Chiara and Fabrizio

Peter and Nina

Celene and Ronan

David and Rachael

Catherine and Fran






Colt Charity Bike Ride 2017 – Barcelona to Valencia

This year Jamie & Barry from Colt Technology Services, are partaking in an Annual Bike Ride in aid of chosen Charity Partner, Ozanam House Resource Centre in Dublin.

They will be part of a team of 100 who will undertake the 2017 route from Barcelona to Valencia, over 4 days and across 470 Kilometres of Spain’s quietest and slickest roads.
The ride starts in the amazing city of Barcelona on Thursday 21 September and ends on Monday 25 September in the stunning city of Valencia, home of the Paella.

Jamie is taking part as an opportunity to do something healthy and give back to the local community where our offices are based.

Barry is taking part to raise money for the local charity, to meet Colt colleagues and to get a bit fitter.

They are looking for sponsorship for the cycle, and you can help them raise funds! See more info on their custom SVP fundraising events page.
Or go direct to their Donate Page on the SVP website to sponsor them now.

All funds raised will go to SVP Ozanam House Resource Centre.


This year, team members from Colt also helped out with painting the centre, Thank you for helping brighten up the house!




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:

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 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!



Ozanam Come Dancing Event Coordinators – Final Preparations!

With just ONE WEEK until Ozanam Come Dancing 2017, our event coordinators, Roberta and Claire, are hard at work behind the scenes getting the final details ready. Of course this includes making sure the winner’s trophies are nice and clean and score cards are ready! They’ve travelled many miles to be apart of this big event, as Roberta is from Milan, Italy and Claire is from Michigan in the United States. They’re looking forward to seeing who will be triumphantly holding up the trophies on the night of the show!

Claire, Roberta, Trophies

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