Gallery: Glitz and glamour at Grammar debs
On Friday night we headed for the Ballymascanlon Hotel where a very special night was taking place, the Dundalk Grammar School Graduation Ball was taking place and hotel was starting to fill up nicely by the time I arrived.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Aimhirghin O'Brannagan from Castlebellingham who had brought Cari Ellis from Kilmessan who told me they were really looking forward to a lovely night with all his mates.
Not too far away I got a word with Kevin Gallagher and Aine Finn both from Ardee who told me it was going to be a fantastic night and they were looking exceptional, especially Aine's dress.
Next I had the pleasure of talking to Sarah Craig from Kilcurry who was there on the arm of T.J. Martin from Castletown Road who was wearing an extremely sharp suit, but, not as nice as the dress!
After this I headed over for a chat with Emily Cox from Monasterboice who was with Adam Joliffe from Sandpit. Emily was having a great night with her friend Emma Goodwin from Monasterboice who told me she was there with Peter Harmon from Annagassan and Caitriona Quigley from Drumbilla who told me it was going to be an epic night for sure.
Also in their company were Vincent Ip from Seatown who was with Blathnaid Sweeney from Knockbridge who assured me they were definitely going to make the best of the night, oh by the way Vincent it is Knockbridge she lives in!
Not too long later I got talking to the delightful Sofia Kurilo originally from Russia, but now living in Greenacres and she was there with Dan Grennan from Kilsaran and they were looking forward to a lovely night with all Dan's mates.
Making my way over to another group, I got a word with Padraig Bell from Castlebellingham who was with Helen Collins from Drogheda along with Jonathan Kearney from Clontarf who was with Jenny Duffy from Ravensdale and Laurence Cervi from Louth Village who all told me the craic was good but they were going to reserve judgement on the night until much, much later on!
After this, I caught up with Joe Molloy and Hannah Boylan both from Julianstown who told me the night had started very well and was getting better all the time.
They were sitting having a laugh with Jack McDowell from Mullaharlin who had brought Joanna McGowan from Blackrock and were with Owen Slevin who hails from New York and is living in Darver while in the Grammar School and they told me they were going to have a truly memorable night.
Not too long later I had the pleasure of meeting up with two young ladies who were definitely up for making the best of the night. They were Jill Smith from Termonfeckin and Ruth Burlingham from Mount Avenue who told me they were there with George Kirhara from Drogheda and Robbie McGuinness from Mount Avenue. The girls had been 'parked' by their dates, but this wasn't going to stop them having a totally massive night with everyone they came across.
Up near the bar I got talking to Lauren Meehan from Newtownbalregan, who had been brought by Liam Rice from Skyhill, who was sporting a nice suit, but to be honest it paled into insignificance in comparison to Lauren's dress!
After this I headed over for a word with Emily Crilly from Dunleer who was with Ben Farrell also from Dunleer and they were up for making it a most memorable night with Liz McAuley from Ardee and Daniel Butterly from Togher.
Over at an adjacent table, I got talking to Jill Kinch from Drogheda who was there with Greg Whyte from Stamullen and they were going to have a mad night with Amy McGuirk from Monasterboice and Sean Allen from Cork. The ladies wanted to immortalise the night, but could they get the lads to go with them?
One man that was definitely going to make it a real night to remember was Kavi Abbi from Drogheda who had brought Shannan Breagy from Ardee, but would she be able to keep up with him I wondered?
After this I headed over for a word with Brendan McDonnell and Brianna Muldoon both from Ardee who assured me they were up for making it a real night to remember.
Finally, before I departed I caught up with Barry and Roz Bingham from Hollywood who were with William and Donna Carlyle from Ballynahinch who told me the lads had been students in the school before and were really looking forward to seeing some of the old faces again.