TV presenter Mary Kennedy and Kilkenny hurler Aidan Fogarty are the final contestants to be confirmed for the new series of Dancing with the Stars when it returns to RTÉ One on Sunday, January 5.

Having graced our television screens for 40 years, Nationwide presenter Mary Kennedy said she is "really looking forward" to taking to the dancefloor in January.

"I'm quite petrified but I'm looking forward to learning new dances and doing something different," she said.

"I've always been a fan and I've come out to watch the live show every year it's been on so now it's time to pony up and put my money where my mouth is..."

With eight All-Ireland titles to his name, Aidan Fogarty is used to taking home his share of silverware, but this time his eyes are on a shinier prize… the glitterball trophy!  

Speaking about joining the show, he said: "I feel really excited and really nervous.

"I've played in All-Ireland finals and I was coming up here today thinking I'd have taken an All-Ireland Final any day over this, but really excited and really nervous is probably the best way to describe how I'm feeling."

Kennedy and Fogarty join the previously announced Brian Dowling, Michael Carruth, Yewande Biala, Fr Ray Kelly, Gráinne Gallanagh, Sinéad O'Carroll, Lottie Ryan, Ryan Andrews and Glenda Gilson in the DWTS line-up. 
 
Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne will reunite to present the new series of Dancing with the Stars, with Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry and Julian Benson returning to judge the contestants.

Dancing with the Stars airs on RTÉ One for 12 weeks from Sunday, January 5 at 6:30pm.

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