ON FRIDAY night I headed for the Lisdoo Bar and Steakhouse where a special surprise 30th birthday party was being held for Sean Dixon from Greenfield Court and there to make sure he had a fantastic night was his fiancée Karen Hoey from Greenfield Court, parents Mary and Paddy Dixon from Grange Drive, sister Rachel and kids Jake and Ben and a huge collection of family, workmates, footballing buddies and friends.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Sean who was still overwhelmed at the party and was tricked into thinking he was calling into another party after having a meal in the restaurant with Karen!
Karen was there with her sisters Sandra and husband Ciaran Dunne from Ravensdale and their kids Caoilinn, Barry, Erin, Aisling and Ciara, sister Adel, husband Myles and son Alex Conlon from Ravensdale and brother Alan and wife Alice Hoey from Cooley who were all up for making the best of the celebrations.
Next I headed over to a table where I met up with David Kinsella from Glenmore Park who was with Nambo Campbell and Andy Gray both from Muirhevnamor, Liam Johnston from Riverside Drive who told me he used to be a neighbour of Sean's and they assured me it was going to be a massive night of celebrations.
I then made my way over to an adjacent table where I caught up with Olive Kane from Carrickmacross who was with her husband Darren and she was sitting having a laugh with Lorraine Savage from Cooley who was with husband Michéal and the ladies told me their husband worked with Sean in Bellurgan Engineering.
They were sitting with more from Bellurgan Engineering who included John Looney from Kilkerley who was with his wife Irene and Alan McComish from Muirhevna who had let his moustache grow back again, was it going to disappear for Movember I wondered?
I then got talking to Darren Kane who was chatting to ex workmate Stuart Kelly from Riverside Drive and they both wanted to wish Sean all the best on his 30th and assured me it was going to be a phenomenal night for sure.
Not too long later I caught up with Wayne Conroy from Castlebellingham, Paul Warnock from Racecourse Road, Michéal Bergin from Muirhevnamor and Conor Murphy from Greenacres who told me that Sean is the manager of the Muirhevnamor team.
Not too far away I then caught up with Ciaran Dunbar from The Loakers who was with Sean's uncle and godfather Paul Taaffe from St. Brigids Terrace who was with wife Adrienne and son Ciaran and Gavin McGee from Muirhevnamor. Paul told me he had stood for Sean and there were lots of tears at the time and since then there had been lots more tears and emotions too, but all joking aside, he wanted to wish Sean a very happy 30th.
After this I headed over for a word with Peter Bannon and Mickey O'Kane both from Muirhevnamor who both play for Muirhevnamor and they told me it was cause for a celebration and it was going to be anything but a quiet night.
Next I headed for a table where I got talking to four ladies who were looking radiant and they were Gillian Webb from St. Clements Park, Deirdre Fisher from Glenmore Park, Jenny McGee from Old Muirhevna and Charlene Mulvenna from Bothar Na Feirme who were having a great laugh together. Deirdre told me that she was the only one that was going to be able to celebrate the party to the fullest because the other three girls were on their best behaviour for the best reason possible, congratulations girls hope everything goes well for you. Not too far away I caught up with more of the four in a row winning team that is managed by Sean and they included Brian Begley from Bay Estate, Gary Clarke, Adrian Rafferty and Michael Cooney all from Muirhevnamor who told me they were on their best behaviour in front of ' the gaffer', yea right lads.
Finally, before I departed I met up with Stefan McKevitt and Sharon Myles both from Redbarns Road who were having a laugh with Sean's cousin Craig Dixon, Emma Carragher and Sean Conlon all from Muirhevnamor.
The lads all play with the four in a row squad and were going to make the best of the night, but the girls weren't going to sit quietly by either!