DUNDALK AFTER Dark headed for the Sportsmans on the Newry Road where the Louth Poultry Fanciers were hosting their Christmas Auction, Fancy Dress and Christmas Party with special guests from the Dundalk Show Committee and the place was filling nicely by the time we got there.
I wasn't too long in the door when I had the pleasure of talking to secretary of club the delightful Vivienne Mee from Point Road who was chatting to auctioneer Jimmy Cumiskey from Jenkinstown and she told me she wanted to thank all their sponsors for making it such a successful night and year for the club.
I then got taking to treasurer of the club Dessie McGahon from Legion Avenue who told me the club has been on the go now for two years and concentrate on showing rare breeds of poultry and not hybrids and have been very successful in shows all over the country. He was there with is daughter Karen and her boyfriend Dessie McKevitt from Faughart.
Next I got talking to Alice, Winston and Georgina Whyte from Castlebellingham who were representing the Dundalk Show who told me they have had two very successful years since their move to the Dundalk Stadium and were delighted to be there on the night.
Moving over to another table I nearly missed Josephine Hearty from the Laurels who was camouflaged as a bird watcher and she was there on the night with Shannon Hearty-Coburn from Bay Estate who was there with son Faolan who was dressed as an Angry Bird and they were enjoying the craic with Daisy and Grace Caraher from Dromiskin who were dressed as a chick and Santa respectively who are all part of the club and were in form for a real night to remember.
Beside them I then got talking to Sinead Loftus from Mountpleasant who was there with husband Pat and kids Patrick, Mark and Mathew and told me that all but Mark are in the club and were delighted to be there and looking forward to a really great night.
Next I got talking to Grace and Daisy's mum Catherine Caraher from Dromiskin who told me that David was in the Poultry Fanciers Club and she said they were looking forward to either winning something in the raffle or for the best dressed in the fancy dress!
I then caught up with Michael Mee from Mountain View who was dressed a cowboy and Mary Maguire from Mountain View Crescent who was a cowgirl and Michael told me they were there because his daughter Vivienne was the secretary of the club and they were both looking forward to a ' bit of craic' on the night.
Making my way through the crowds I got talking to another poultry fancier Tommy Conway from Point Road who told me the club is going very well as they headed into their 3rd year and they hoped to have their website up in January and was looking forward to a fantastic night with all other club members.
Heading for another table I then met up with Gerard Murphy from Cooley who was sitting with the 'very considerate' Gary O'Gorman from Fr. Murray Park who told me not to forget to give a mention to Susan O'Gorman who was with him.
They were having a laugh with Denise McKenna from Point Road who told me she is a friend of the club and was there with her friend Carmel Mee from Point Road who is part of the Dundalk Show and were looking forward to a major night of craic.
I then caught up with Eilis Mee from Carrickmacross who was with Karl Ronan from Dublin who told me they were there to support Eilis' cousin Vivienne.
One man who was busy with the raffle on the night was ace poultry fancier Paul Caraher from Annagassan who made sure that we were included in the raffle, many thanks Paul.
Meanwhile up near the bar I then met up with Barry Mullen from Killian who was with Aislinn Toal from Killeavy who were enjoying a laugh with Johnny, Jane, and John Mullen all from Killian as well as Lilly Burns and Bridgeen Mullen who were ready to make the best of the craic.
Finally, before we departed I caught up with 'Mrs. Brown' Teresa McGee from Tallanstown, ' baby' Mary Toal from Meigh and Annmarie Parr from Meigh who told me they are all poultry fanciers and assured me this was going to be a fantastic night.