Kind Katie shares the love at big 21st birthday bash
On Saturday night I headed for the Lisdoo where a rather special 21st birthday party was taking place for Katie Bailey from Chapel Street.
There to make sure she had a fantastic night were her parents Rose and Clem, sister Emer and her fiancée David McCullins from Armagh Road, Katie's boyfriend Ciaran McKenna from Doylesfort Road.
Katie is currently studying Social Care in DkIT. She is probably best known for her fundraising and charity work and has received major admiration from far and wide, travelling to places like Madrid, Thailand and Brazil, and still finds time to work in the Simon Community soup kitchens when she's not off jetting around the world, a real example to all of her age!
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Adam Murtagh from Oaklawns and Veronica Malinowska from Greenacres who told me two summers ago they had the pleasure of teaching English over in Thailand with Katie and they were just delighted to be there at her 21st.
At the same table I got a word with Sarah Grant from Balbriggan and Shauna McParland from Armagh who are at college with Katie and Charley McKinney from Belfast who told me she had been away with Katie to Brazil and she was one of the best to be away with.
Not too long later I got a quick word with the birthday girl's cousin John Gray and Orla Corrigan, both from Avenue Road, who wanted to wish Katie all the best on her big night.
Over at another table I met Katie's granny, Betty Bailey from Chapel Street, who was enjoying the festivities with Katie's aunts Frances McKenna from Point Road and Catherine Gray from Avenue Road who all wanted to wish her a very happy 21st and hoped she had a really great night.
Making my way over to another table I got a word with Caoimhín and Catherine O'Callaghan from Avenue Road who were with son Paddy and who also wanted a big shout out for the best granny and granda in the world – Bridie and Paddy Donnelly from Marian Park who couldn't make it to the celebrations.
I headed over to another family group where I got talking to Katie's godmother Mary and Liam O'Hanlon from Newry who were with their kids Roisin and Ryan and were really up for making the best of the party.
Seated at the same table I met uncle Michael and Áine Donnelly from Tudor Grove who were with their kids Grace, Feargal and Paul as well as Grace's mate Megan Mahony from from Garrybawn who were in form for a major night of fun and games.
Over at an adjacent table I met up with Bernie and Maria and Kevin McKenna from and Dylan Hartford all from Doylesfort Road as well as Anne Savage and Olivia O'Brien both from Pearse Park whom I was told are all family friends and were delighted to be there to make sure Katie had a massive night.
I then ventured over to a table where I got talking to Betty Flynn from Castle Road, Clodagh Brophy from Roden Place and Katrina Loughran from Headford who told me they are all great admirers of Katie's charity work in India, Thailand, Spain and Brazil, but were always totally amazed by her ability to go back to volunteering in the Simon Community Soup Kitchens after coming back from wherever she had just visited in the world.
After this I caught up with Amy O'Hanlon from Greenacres, Kieron Breagy from Ardee, Jessica Carragher from Avenue Road, Claire Brennan from Ballybarrack and Davy Shaw from Darver and most told me they had been at school with Katie and were delighted to be there to help her celebrate her 21st.
Making my way over to another table I got a word with Vivienne and Paul McCullins from Lisdoo who were with their daughter Chloe and her friend Niamh Dunne from Doylesfort Road as well as Matthew Campbell from Donegal, Katie's sister Emer and her fiancée David McCullins from Lisdoo who assured me it was going to be a cracking night.
Finally, before I departed I caught up with three girls who had been over in Madrid with Katie for World Youth Day – Rachel Curran from Bay Estate, Katie Ward from Clontigora Court and Grace O'Hanlon from Greenacres. They all wanted to wish Katie all the best on her big night and to tell me she really is a lovely girl.