Dancing with the Stars features GAA Gaelic Footballer with Laois roots

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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Gaelic Footballer with strong Laois links in Dancing with the Stars.

Dancing with the Stars is set to feature a five-time-All-Ireland winning GAA star who has strong Laois roots.

The former Dublin Gaelic footballer Denis Bastick was revealed as the seventh star participating on the RTÉ show. 

Denis is well known in Laois for his football exploits and his family connections. His father is Dinny Bastick from the Glebe in Coolrain and his Mother is Imelda Cuddy of Aughduff Camross.

Leinster Express Camross area notes correspondent Pat Delaney tells us her brothers have about 50 Laois senior county GAA medals between them. Sean, Ger and PJ and several Basticks live in Camross still.

Denis' parents moved to Dublin over 40 years ago. Denis was born in the capital but has been a regular visitor to Cardtown and Camross with the Sam Maguire Cup in recent years.

Denis is looking forward to Dancing with the Stars. He'll follow in the footsteps of Laois and Durrow native Bernard O'Shea.

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“I really feel that this will be a great experience for me. It is completely different than anything I have ever done before. Since retiring from Dublin football I always wanted to try new things, I never imagined that this would be one of those things though! 

"Football has given me a huge sense of accomplishment and DWTS is now presenting me with a massive challenge and the opportunity to accomplish something that is in such contrast to what I’m used to. 

"I am slightly overwhelmed at the task in hand having seen what the dancers can do. They have amazing, athleticism, rhythm and coordination. I have probably one of those qualities so I will really need to put the work in! ”

Denis will join Mairead Ronan, Eilish O’Carroll, Darren Kennedy, Fred Cooke, Holly Carpenter and Clelia Murphy on series three of the show.

Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne present the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Airing on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday 6th January, a total of 11 celebrities will pair up with their professional dancing partners as they step out of their comfort zones and onto the dancefloor, each hoping to claim the much-coveted glitterball trophy at the end of the series.

Each pairing will have a different dancing genre to master every week from the pasodoble to the waltz and they’ll have just seven days to perfect their routine before performing live to the nation. 

Also returning this year is our expert panel of judges Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson. Once again the celebrities and their dancers will be scored by the judges and the viewing public at home.

Can’t Stop Dancing, the preview show for Dancing with the Stars hosted by Bláthnaid Treacy will be back on Friday, 4th January on RTÉ  One.  Each week Can’t Stop Dancing will go behind the scenes to capture all the glitz, glamour and gossip backstage and get the low down from the judges, the professional dancers and the stars. 

Dancing with the Stars is produced by ShinAwiL for RTÉ.