OUR SECOND port of call on Friday night was to Upper Parkes where a joint 21st birthday party was taking place for Shane O'Sullivan from Greenwood Drive and Shane Buckley from Manydown Close and there to make sure they had an epic celebration were Shane O'Sullivan's parents Anne and Peter, sister Ciara and girlfriend Rachel Nolan from Castleknock, Shane Buckley's parents Helen and Dave, brother Stephen and sister Orla.
The lads have been mates since they played football together with Bay United and are still so, even though they are at Maynooth and DkIT and assured me even though they were a bit on edge, knew it was going to be a massive night.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with some of their friends and a big collection of 'Blackjack Boys' and they included Doyle Brunson from Blackrock, Phil Ivey from Manydown Close, Jim McDonagh from Belfry Avenue, Kendrick Lamar originally from Compton but now hanging his hat in Bay Estate, Billy McKevitt from Ashdale Park, Gus Hanson from Blackrock, Andrew Coburn from Oaklawns and Matt Saracen from Manydown Close who were up for a good night, but were living in fear of the flop.
Next I caught up with Niall Hearty from Ashbrook who was there with Casey Baxton from Oaklawns who were having a laugh with DJ Fabio who was sitting with Billy Gray from Avenue Road and Ted Mosby from Greenacres who assured me they were there to party and there would be absolutely no sign of any deck getting split while the party was going strong.
After this I caught up with Sean Berry from Muirhevnamor who told me he is good mates with the two Shanes' and assured me this was going to be a brilliant night.
I then had the pleasure of talking to Christina McQuillan from Blackrock who was with Nadine Berrill from Dromiskin Village who were looking well and told me it was going to be a mad one for sure.
Two more lads who know how to hold'em who just had to have a mention were Michael Kyle from Manydown Close and Michael Strutman from Lower Point Road.
I then headed for a table where I caught up with Helen, David, Orla and Stephen Buckley from Redbarns Road who were there with godmum Mary Fegan from Newry who was with her daughter Ciara and they were up for making it a brilliant night and wanted to wish both Shane's a very happy 21st.
Seated beside them was dad David Buckley who was in the company of his brother Peter Buckley from Carrickmacross who was with wife Catherine an daughter Aimee along with aunty Helen and Kenneth Woods from Manydown Close who were definitely up for making the best of the joint 21st.
Making my way over to another table I then had the pleasure of talking to three lovely ladies in the form of Tara MurphyJohnson from Mountain Court (who has already had a song written about her!) and she was with Shane's sister Orla Buckley and Aimee Buckley from Carrickmacross who were having a bit of a quiet time before they really started to enjoy the party.
I then headed over for a chat with Shane Buckley's uncle Frank Woods from Lisnaree who was there with his wife Angela and daughter Fiona all from Oaklawns who were ready to give it a lash at the joint 21st.
Not too long later I met up with Orlagh Byrne from Stabannon who was with the newly inked Sarah Rabbat from Willow Grove and they wanted to wish both Shane's a very happy birthday.
After this I headed over for a word with Carol Cluskey from Stabannon who was with Roisin Smith from Kingswood who were going to be boppin and they were with Lynn Carr also from Kingswood who certainly wasn't there to make up the numbers!
I then met up with Niamh O'Donoghue from Willow Grove who was with Niamh O'Reilly from Blackrock who were both looking really well and were on for a major night of fun.
I headed over for a word with Shane O'Sullivan's parents Anne and Peter who told me not to forget cousins Brendan and Gerard Rooney who had come down from Dublin for the party and assured me they were going to have an epic night for sure.
Not too long later I met up with Barry and Sabina McDonnell from Muirhevnamor who told me that Barry had worked with both Shanes' and were delighted to be there to join in the festivities.
Finally, before I departed I met up with Shane's sister Ciara O'Sullivan who was just after arriving in with Grace O'Connor from Manydown Close and they had met up with Carol Cluskey from Stabannon and the girls assured me the night was only just kicking off.