Helen's big 60th celebrations
On Friday night I headed for the Lisdoo where a rather special 60th birthday party was taking place for Helen Moran from Blackwater Court and there to make sure she had a fantastic night were husband Tony, kids Kevin, Kieran James, Teresa and Rebecca, her mum Teresa Cooney from Meadow Grove, brothers Johnny, George and Bernard, sisters Alison and Tina, Mother-in-law May Moran and a huge collection of family and friends.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with the birthday girl who works in the Jade Garden and she wanted to thank everyone for coming and hoped they had a lovely night.
After this I headed over for a word with mother-in-law May Moran who had travelled over from Navan special to be there with Kate, Liam and Gerry Moran who wanted to wish Helen a very happy birthday.
Making my way over to one of the table I then caught up with nephews Johnny and George Cooney who were with George wife Dara and daughter Derval Harvey, son Niall from Riverside Drive, his wife Priscilla who all wanted to wish Helen all the best on her big night and were up for making the best of it.
Making my way through the crowds I then got talking to Helen's sister Tina Elder from Ashbrook who was up for making a night of it with niece Nicola Cooney from Hughes Park.
I then had a quick work with Helen's brother Johnny Cooney who was with wife Maggie from Walterstown and they assured me it was going to be a nice quiet night of celebrations, eh not what I was thinking!
As I made my way through the party revellers I met up with June Moran from Bellurgan who told me she is married to Helen's son Kevin and they were looking forward to a good night with the birthday girl.
Making my way over to another table I then got a swift word with Helen's husband Tony who was there with his mates from Dundalk FM 100 where he volunteers as a Weekend Manager and is also on the desk for Jim Ryan's Classic Sounds radio show on a Sunday morning (one of my guilty pleasures). He was there with Paddy Mac, Martina and Jimmy 'Shades Of Green' Neary from Castlebellingham,
Anne and Joe 'Showband Street' Duffy from Knockbridge who were all in great form and looking forward to a marvellous night.
Not too later I caught up with Mary-Justine and Annmarie Gray from Mountain View Crescent who told me that Mary-Justine works with Helen in 'The Jade' and wouldn't have missed this party for anything.
At an adjacent table, I got a quick word with Alison and Christine Drumm from Barrack Street who were up for a night of it with Helen's mum Teresa Cooney from Meadow View and they assured me it was going to be a full dancefloor with rock'n'roll all night long.
Meanwhile over in the corner of the room I met up with Ann McCourt and Anne Dolan both from Darver who wanted to wish their friend Helen a very happy birthday saying they were only going to have a few sociables.
Seated close by was Helen's daughter Rebecca Martin from Maple Close who was up for a night of it with her friends Verona Berrill from Lennonstown Manor and Tracy McNeill from Fane View.
Making sure he got talking to everyone on the night was family friend Dale Thompson from Belfry Drive who wanted to wish Helen a very happy birthday.
Heading for another table I then met up with Ross McNally from Bay Estate, Caitlin Buckley from Blackrock with her main squeeze and Helen's grandson Tiernan Moran from Avenue Road. They were up for a mad one with Conor Gray from Fr. Murray Park, Martin Joyce from Castletown Road, Jamie Callan and Michael Wehrly both from Bay Estate and great nephew Ruairi Cooney from Riverside Drive who wanted to wish his great aunt Helen all the best on her big night.
After this I headed over for a chat with Tina O'Shaughnessy from Avondale Park, Geraldine Doogan from Lisdoo, Mandy Gillen from Knockbridge, Anne Walsh from Langfield Close who told me along with Mary-Justine, they all work with Helen in the Jade Garden and were delighted to be there with their friend and wanted to wish her all the best on her big night.
Taking the back seat for a change were husbands Gerry Doogan, Benny O'Shaughnessy and Tommy Gillen who were all on their best behaviour, for a change!
After this I met up with Helen's brother Bernard Cooney from Dromiskin and Anne Williams from Manydown Close who assured me it was going to be a lovely night for Helen and her family.
Just arrived in the door was one of my best buddies, nephew Hughie Cooney from St. Joseph Park whom, amazingly, was without his 'wing-man' Timmy O'Kane from Jonesboro and was chatting to his nephew Jonathan Cooney whom also was just after arriving in with his fiancée Emma Gray and they wanted to with Helen all the best on her big night.