Gallery: Mock wedding gets a warm reception
On Friday night we headed for the Lisdoo Bar and Steakhouse where a rather special Mock Wedding was taking place as a fundraiser for the Dundalk Simon Community and charitable souls Colly McDermott from Ravensdale and Jennifer Myers from Avenue Road where jumping the broom specially to raise money for the local charity.
It was a night of music, fun, games and the rather strange nuptials which was presided over by the not-so-reverend Fr. Keith Mulholland.
There to make sure they had an epic night was Colly's partner Theresa Kerley, son Gavin and his brothers Tom, Petesy, Ambrose and Michael who hadn't arrived but were on their way, his best man Big Kevin and his dog Bandit! Jennifer was being accompanied by her daughter Megan, mum Anna Mary Myers from Carol Meade, sister Maria Donnelly from Pearse Park and a huge collection of relations and so called party revellers.
I wasn't long in the door when I met up with Patricia Tennyson from Belfry Avenue and Anne Woods from Dundalk who were busy on the door doing the meet and greet and weeding out the gatecrashers (but they missed me!) and told me it was going to be a fantastic night. After this I got talking to Mary Toner from Bellurgan who told me she was really looking forward to what promised to be a brilliant night.
Up near the bar I got a word with Aidan Lambe from St. Ronans Terrace and Joe Quigley, who once hailed from Carrickmacross but now hangs his hat in Newtownbalregan, and they assured me neither were going to be exchanging vows with anyone on the night.
Making my way over to a table I got talking to Patricia Mulholland from Meadow Grove who told me she is Fr. Keith's mum and she was up for a night of it with Nadine Gracey from Market Street and her mum Monica also from Market Street, a lady who assured me she was Fr. Keith's wife, Sonya Mulholland from Faughart, Amanda Boylan from Muirhevnamor and Fr. Keith's mother-in-law Martina Lawrence from The Laurels who told me it was going to be a bit of fun and were really looking forward to the nuptials.
Not too far away I got talking to Teresa Keenan from Bishops Court and Ann Hickey from Newry who said they were there to support a very worthy cause and then told me they are friends of the priest's mother.
I ventured over to another table where I caught up with Aine Finegan and David Flynn, both from Ardee, who were looking forward to a good laugh and David assured me he is the 'best man' but not 'the best man' on the night!
Making my way over to another table I caught up with Louise Murphy from Wolfe Tone Terrace and her son Andrew. She said she's a really good friend of Colly and his partner Teresa Kerley and assured me it was going to be a mad night for sure.
At an adjacent table I got talking to Saidbe Mulligan from Haggardstown and Eileen Mulligan from Mount Avenue who told me she had helped to decorate the bride's dress and were really looking forward to the ceremony!
Making my way over yet another table I got talking to Gordon and Yvonne Lennon from Belfry Crescent who were enjoying a laugh with Danielle Martin from Waterville Crescent and Peter Robinson from Brooke Street who were then joined by Doireann Cahalane and Gary Corcoran, both from Carlingford but originally from Cork and Laois, who were with Garreth Phelan from Wicklow, whom I was reliably informed was romantically linked to bridesmaid Suzanne Robinson, and they were in form for a major wedding celebration.
After this I headed over for a chat with Marcella McBride from Meigh who was with her niece Catherine Zeta Jones, oops I mean the much prettier Judy McGahon from St. Marys Road.
Not too far away I met up with Conor and Briege Comiskey from Corduff who were enjoying the evening with Anthony Byrne from Inniskeen who told me they know people who work for the Simon and were delighted to be there to support the night.
After this I got a word with the Bride's parents, Tony Hartigan and Geraldine Dollard, from Seafield Lawns – who just laughed at me when I said they were in great form, seeing that they were paying for this monster bash – and were enjoying the company of Christine and Peter Hamill from Blackrock.
Making my way over to another table I had the pleasure of talking to Sheila Clarke from Red Barns Road and Rosey Beckett from St. Alphonsus Road who were there to support the night and wanted to wish the newlyweds a very happy life.
Finally, before I departed I met up with Aine Quinn from Meadow Grove who was busy helping the couple to go through their routine because they were going to be appearing on stage with the Boots & Saddles Line Dancers who practise in the Lisdoo and have done for nearly the last 20 years!