New Year’s Eve Jigs ‘n’ Reels 2007

Eoin Murphy & Paula Goulding, winners of Celebrity Jigs ‘n’ Reels

Celebrity Jigs ‘n’ Reels, New Years Eve Champions, Eoin and Paula, win by a landslide!

Paula with Waterford Hurler Eoin Murphy on winning the New Year's 2007 Eve Jigs 'n' Reels.


After audiences were left a little confused on New Years Eve when 2FM’s Damien Farrelly and his dance partner Susan Ginnety were announced the winners and seconds later retracted to confirm Eoin & Paula the champions, the producer, Bill Hughes stated, ‘even if Damien had scored perfect 10’s from the judges, it wouldn’t have made any difference. The public vote is the most important and Eoin & Paula won this by a landslide.’

The New Years Eve show, hosted by Marty Whelan saw five other famous faces offer themselves up for public scrutiny.
Comedian Jon Kenny, made it to the final three but failed in the dance off. Former Miss Ireland Amanda Brunker embarked on a raunchy routine to Justin Timberlake’s, Sexyback. RTE’s sports presenter Michael Lyster, Fair City’s Aimee O’ Sullivan and RTE’s wildlife expert Eanna Ni Lamhna failed to make into the final three.

‘What a thrill and what a start to 2008!’, says Paula. ‘Obviously, our first thoughts were for Damien & Susan. For a few seconds it was thought the title was theirs. Once they heard the public vote had been unintentionally omitted they were so understanding and congratulatory. The show had run behind time, it was unfortunate that amidst the frenzy the public vote had forgotten to be announced. I guess that’s the beauty of live television, you just have to roll with it.’

‘It was awesome’, George Hook said of Eoin & Paula’s performance. Jean Butler said ‘he gave it wellie, it was great!’ and fellow judge Colin Dunne said he was the best sports person to grace the Jigs n’ Reels stage.

A delighted Eoin said he was thrilled to have won. ‘I really enjoyed the whole experience. I always wanted to do something for charity and St. Vincent de Paul is as deserving as any so I just went for it! Eoin said it was a bonus to be paired with his relative, Paula; ‘Paula and I are related, we grew up just down the road from each other, even though we hadn’t met in years, we were comfortable straight away, she’s a great teacher.’ When asked about the results Eoin said, ‘It was a shame the way the results were called on the night but we’ve all spoken and laughed about it and at the end of the day, the charity are the real winners.’

Upon Eoin’s return from the Waterford team trip to Orlando, Florida, he will be throwing himself back into training for the upcoming hurling season. Hopefully 2008 will be Waterford’s year!
Paula is already back to work as an Image Consultant in Dublin and of course, as audiences anticipate the return of ‘Dancing Thru The Ages’ she, along with her co-producers, Phyllis and Richard Foley will be busy with preparations until it’s opening in July.

Both Eoin and Paula have asked to express their gratitude to everyone who voted. ‘The support was phenomenal.’ Also, James Tobin, Eileen Cody, Phyllis Foley, Eileen Browne, The Youghal Community Centre, ‘Dancing Thru the Ages’ and their families; many, many thanks. ‘This wouldn’t have been possible without your help and support.’