ON THURSDAY night we headed for the Clans Clubrooms where An Garda Síochána Community Relations Section were playing host to their Senior Citizens Christmas Party and the place was packed with party revellers when we got there.
I was only in the door when I met up with Sgt. Eugene Collins from the Garda Barracks who told me the night was primarily for the Active, Aware and Senior Citizens groups from around the area.
He also said they wanted to thank all the business around town who had provided spot prizes and financial contributions that were going to make the night a huge success.
He was ably assisted by Gardai Paul Connolly, Caroline Hayes, Tara Faulkner, Grace Harvey, Paul Burke, Garreth Kenna and Tony O'Connell.
I then headed for a table where I caught up with Bridie Boyle and Anne McGahon both from Carroll Meade and Bernadette Murphy from Pearse Park who told me they were really looking forward to a great night.
Heading over to a table where I met up with my old friend Kathleen Duffy from Mill Street who was enjoying the craic with her sister Agnes Traynor from Seatown, Frances Mulligan from Marian Park, Kathleen Maguire from Fr. Murray Park and Mary Macklin from Blackrock who told me they are all part of the Young At Heart Club and were definitely there to make the best of the festive celebrations.
At an adjacent table I then got talking to some of the Redeemer Young At Heart group and they included Deirdre Moore and Briege Bond both from Beechmount Drive who assured me they were 'ready to boogie'.
They were joined by Kathleen Quinn and Mary Watters both from Marian Park. They told me it was going to be a lovely night and Kathleen said that she was also looking forward to her trip to Fuerteventura in a while, way to go Kathleen!
Not too long later I got a word with Masie Nulty from Culhane Street who was having a laugh with Nancy O'Neill from O'Hanlon Park who told me they are part of the Redemptorist Senior Citizens club and they were enjoying the company of Mary Reilly from The Laurels, Patsy McCabe from O'Hanlon Park, Frances Carr from Oliver Plunkett Park and Cathy Scott from The Laurels who are part of the Lis Na Dara group and told me they were definitely going to have a fantastic night.
Making my way over to another table where I caught up with Christina McKenna from Hyde Park from the committee of the St. Gerards Senior Citizens and they was having a chat with Annie McCoy from Thomas Street who isn't linked with any club but was enjoying the night and was chatting to Joan McKevitt from Lennon Melia Terrace, Brigid Finegan from Hyde Park and P.J. Callan who were there for the dancing!
Not too long later I then got talking to Una Gray from Farndreg who was with Ann Lennon from Clancullen Park; the couple who are the epitome of Dundalk FM100 fans none other than Tommy and Solo Quigley from Cedarwood Park.
They were enjoying the craic with Sean Farrell from The Haven and Kathleen Tuite from St. Gerards Square who were with Teresa Keane from Patrick Street and Charlie Murray from St. Nicholas Avenue who told me they were going to have a great night with Sean and Kathleen. Meanwhile over at another table I got a quick word with Carole Conachy and Winnie McGee both from Ashling Park who assured me they certainly wouldn't be standing on ceremony when it comes to having a good night and were really looking forward to the Christmas Party.
After this I got talking to Mary and Tony Curran from Ashling Park who were there with Alice Kirk from Castletown Road and Pat McGeown from Fr. Murray Park along with Jim and Ann McArdle from Oakland Park who told me they are all from The Nestling Project in Lis Na Dara who assured me they were out for a major night of fun.
Finally, I got talking to Evelyn Tuite and Aidan Kenny both from Oakland Park who were in their company and told me they were looking forward to the night and assured me they weren't going to have a quiet one!