ON FRIDAY night I headed for the Imperial Hotel where a rather special 21st birthday party was taking place for Chad Conroy now from the Meadows but was from Fr. Murray Park.
There to make sure he had a fantastic night were his parents Bernadette and Jim, brother Ryan and sister Carrie, family and friends both from the Business School in the DkIT and from Fr. Murray Park and around the town.
I was only in the door when I caught up with Tommy and Phil McKevitt from Belfry Drive who told me they are family friends and was really looking forward to the celebrations.
Next I got a word with Chad's mum Bernadette who said that she and Jim ' love him loads' and hoped he had a really great night. She was enjoying the craic with aunt and uncle Maria and Liam English from Cuchullain Terrace who assured me it was going to be an epic night.
They were joined by Mary McCartney and aunty Mary English from Fr. Murray Park who wan ted to wish Chad a very happy 21st.
After this I got talking to John and Aidan Conroy from Castletown Road who were there with Claire Finnegan from Lordship who told me it was going to be a totally mad night for certain.
Not too long later I then got talking to Gerry and Maeve O'Hare from The Meadows who wanted to wish their neighbour a very happy birthday.
Heading into the crowds I then caught up with some DkIT and old mates in Gareth Bellew from Bay Estate, Conor O'Callaghan from Roche and Conor Donnelly from Knockbridge who told me it was going to be a mad one for sure.
I then got talking to David Deane from Knockbridge who told me he had spent a year with Chad in France and yes, he has the patience of a saint!
He was having a laugh with Emma Treanor from Blackrock who told me she is in the DkIT with Chad along with Brenda O'Hare from Kilcurry, Daniel Heery from Baileboro, Beulah O'Brien from Drogheda, Conor Donnelly from Knockbridge, Jason Gilmore from Monaghan, David Eakin from Gormanston, John Sisk from Dublin and Conor McCrave from Riverside Drive who told me they were there to party with their mate Chad.
Not too long later I had the pleasure of talking to Michaela Kirk and Niamh Carr both from Bay Estate, Stephen Foley from Bay Estate who were up for a night of it with Chad's sister Carrie.
Next I got a word with David O'Leary from Dromiskin and Siobhan Conlon who told me she is Chad's B.F.F. and were really looking forward to an amazing night.
After this I got talking to Ian Mury from Dromiskin and Stephen Carr from Oliver Plunkett Park who told me they are DkIT mates and were expecting ' loud and adventurous night' with their main man Chad.
Making my way through the crowds I then got talking to Kevin Pattberg from Germany now living in Mourne Vale and he was with Patrick Boneal from Swords who told me that in Ireland the beer is expensive! Really, can't say I've noticed, no wait, you're right Kevin!
Next I got talking to Vincent Chasse from Ravensdale who was having a laugh with Jay Gilmore from Monaghan and wanted to wish Chad a very happy 21st.
Not too long later I caught up with some of the birthday boy's old mates and they were brothers Tony McCourt from McSwiney Street and Mark McCourt from O'Hanlon Park who were up for a mad one with Paul Murphy from O'Hanlon Park who assured it was going to be an epic and assured me they'd be sampling a few poitins later on.
I then caught up with neighbours Frances and Tony Casey from The Meadows who told me they were delighted to be there and it only slightly makes up for all Chad's all night parties when Jim and Bernadette are away!
Next I got talking to Charles Finnegan from Lordship who was there with Chad's godparents Hugh and Tina Cassidy from Knockbridge and Hugh was on the 7up on the night!
Heading for another table I met up with Hugh and Tina's daughters Charlene Cassidy from Knockbridge who enjoying the crack with cuz Grace Gosling from Jenkinstown who were up for making it a mad night for certain.
Not too long later I got talking to Jessica Moneley from Blackrock who was there with the delightful Ann-Kathrin Elsinghorst from Germany who is now living in Mourne View Hall and they both wanted to wish Chad a very happy 21st.
Finally, before I departed I met up with Conor Myers from Hackballscross and Chad's workmate from the Crowne Plaza Nicola Hoey from Greenacres who assured me it was going to be a cracking night.