ON FRIDAY night we headed for the St. Joseph's Clubrooms in Dromiskin where a special 40th birthday party was being held for Shelly Rogers from Commons Road.
There to make sure she had a fantastic night was her husband Paddy, kids Dillon, Katie and Isobel, parents Joe and Gertie O'Donovan from Foley's in Castlebellingham, brother John from Belfry Drive, sisters Bernie Downey from Avondale, Siobhan Kenny from Dromena and Elaine Callan from Cooley Park and a huge collection of family and friends.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Shelly who wanted a special mention for her brother John Callan who is over in England and sister Mags Callan from Castletown Road who couldn't make it because she has the flu.
She also wanted to thank everyone for coming along and making it such a really great night.
I then decided to have a look round to see who was there and met up with Anita and Peter Thomas from Mandsfieldstown who wanted to wish Shelly a very happy 40th and agreed she doesn't look a day over 21.
Next I headed over for a chat with Shelly's sister Siobhan Kenny from Dromena who was with husband Conor and sitting with Aine Whelan from Dromiskin, Deirdre Reynolds from Stabannon, Una Halpenny from Darver and Briege Kindlon from Blackrock who assured me the craic was only just getting started!
Making my way over to another table where I caught up with Shelly's brother John Callan from Belfry Drive who was with parents Francie and Monica Callan from Avondale, aunty Nuala Dullaghan from Marlbog Road, Oliver Curtis from Barton Park and Shelly's three nephews â?“ Peter Tippins from Parnell Park, David Tippins from Cooley Park and Niall Downey from Marlmount â?“ who assured me it was going to be a mad session.
I then caught up with a group of ladies who were looking extremely well and they were Susan Clarke from Ashbrook, Anne Clarke from Dromiskin, Margaret Gamble from Dunmahon and Sinead Quigley from Darver who were swapping maiden names like it was going out of style and told me they are all mates of Shelly's and wouldn't have missed the party for anything.
After this I headed over for a chat with Joan Feehan from Braganstown who was with husband Patrick and she was enjoying the craic with Mary McKean from Readypenny who told me they are all family friends and thoroughly enjoying the night.
Not too far away I caught up with Evelyn Agnew, ex-Mountain Viewer, now living in Dromiskin, who was with her husband Gary and she was having a right old time of it with Geraldine and Brian Johnston from Dromiskin who were with their kids Eimear, Donal, and Ciaran as well as Noreen and Eugene McManus from Green Road and the ladies told me the craic would only really get going when there was 'a bit of dancing' later on.
One man who certainly knows how to party is my old mate Johnny Kerley from Sliabh Foy Park who was there with Shelly's sister Elaine Callan and daughter Hannah and they wanted to wish the birthday girl all the best on her big night.
They were having a great laugh with Martin, Bernie and James Downey from Avondale as well as Niall Downey and Lisa Pepper both from Marlmount.
I was then asked to give a special mention for niece Grainne Callan from College Manor and son Kyle who there and making the best of the festivities.
Also up near the bar I got talking to friends Perpetua and Colm Crosson from Ardee who wanted to wish their mate Shelly a very happy birthday.
Finally, before we departed I met up with neighbours Ciaran and Carol-Ann Rafferty and Debbie and Tony Doherty all from Commons Road who told me it was going to be a cracking night and possibly early morning too!