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Wednesday 1 March 2017

Busy fundraiser for Parish Soup Kitchen

Dundalk After Dark

Mary McElroy and Hannah Miller, Hackballscross
Mary McElroy and Hannah Miller, Hackballscross
Josephine Cassidy, Blackrock and Tracy Lyons, Inniskeen
Gabrielle Reynolds, Kilsaran and Regina Reynolds, Blackrock
Rose and Katie Bailey, with Michael Finan
Ollie Bradley and Tubby Corrway
Roseabell Lennon, The Laurels and Maureen White, Beechmount Drive
Lorraine McKeown, Bay Estate and Briege McGrath, Seafield Lawns
Margaret Soraghan, Ardee Road and Joanna Smith, Muirhevnamor

Easily one of the best attended fundraisers of the weekend had to be the St. Patrick's Parish Soup Kitchen night in the Lisdoo featuring the Long Riders. The kitchen, which has been open now for 19 years, serves meals every night between 7.00pm and 8.00pm and between 4.00pm and 5.00pm on Sundays. They commenced giving out food parcels in February last year where, these numbered 20 parcels. On Friday, the night of fundraiser (a year later), that number has gone up to 141.

The place was packed by the time I got there and first met up with volunteers Rose Bailey from Chapel Street and Michael Finan from Old Muirhevna who told me the soup kitchen is a registered charity and has 100% transparency. They are always on the lookout for volunteers and anyone interest in helping out should ring the parish office on 9334648 for further information.

They were then joined by the night's organiser DJ Ollie B. from Grange Close who told me it was going to be a fantastic night for everyone there and for such a good cause too.

Not too long later I then got talking to Caroline Rios from Dromiskin, Elizabeth Thompson from Haggardstown and Sharon Scott from Stamanaran who were there to support the night and were looking forward to the Riders too.

After this I headed over for a chart with Tina Elder from Ashbrook and Anne Hagan from Avenue Road whom when I asked if it was going to be a good night they replied "bring it on".

I then headed for a table where I got a word with Theresa Callan and Pauline White both from Fatima Drive, Anne Harmon from Dublin Street and Patrina Taylor from Ashbrook who assured me it was going to be a nice quiet night, eh not with the Long Riders in action I thought!

Next I got talking to Anne, Niamh and Teresa Morrissey all from Muirhevnamor who were with Sheila Nulty from Grange Close who wanted a big shout out for her husband Aaron who was at home babysitting the dogs Charlie and Cooper.

Heading for what could easily be described as a 'more than lively table' and there I found Kit Weldon from Cedarwood Park, Briege McAleer from Beechmount Drive, Solo Quigley from Cedarwood Park, Winnie McGee from Ashling Park and Carol Conachy from Ashling Park who tried to tell me they were on for a quiet night, not in all the years that I've met you out ladies could it ever be described as quiet!

After this I got a word with Mary McElroy and Hannah Miller both from Hackballscross who were there to support the cause and make the best of it too.

Not too long later I met up with ace singer Mary O'Hanlon from Riverside Crescent who was up for making the best of the night with Moira Johnston from Lisdoo who were looking forward to having a laugh with all their mates.

Beside them were Joe and Dolores Hoey from McSwiney Street who were with Ursula Kieran from Oliver Plunkett Park who told me they lover the Long Riders and were looking forward to supporting such a good cause.

Making my way over to an adjacent table I then got talking to chairperson of the Soup Kitchen Tom Byrne from Inniskeen who was there with his wife Majella along with Mary and John McGeown from Kilkerley who assured me that the 'Riders were sure to make it an excellent night.

Not too long later I then got talking to volunteers Tracy Lyons from Inniskeen and Josephine Cassidy from Blackrock who were getting ready to sell tickets for the raffle and told me it was definitely going to be a very busy night.

After this I had the pleasure of talking to Joanna Smith from Muirhevnamor and Margaret Soraghan from Ardee Road who told me they were up for making a marvellous night and for such a good cause too.

Meanwhile up near the bar I then got a word with Gerry Lennon from Bachelors Walk and Paul Kieran from Manydown Close who were there from the Make A Wish foundation and were there to support a very worthy charity.

Finally, before I departed I got talking to Robbie Rafferty from Carrick Road and Anne Keaskin from Laurel Grove who were in great form and were really looking forward to a bit of dancing too.

Irish Independent

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