CIE on time for a night of festive fun
ON Saturday night we headed for the Crowne Plaza, where the CIE Social and Activities Club were hosting their Christmas Party and by the time we arrived the place was packed with party revellers.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Shane and Aoibheann Bannon from Killeavy who were there with Georgie and Linda Martin from Killanny and Maurice and Fiona Murphy from the Laurels who assured me it was going to be anything but a quiet night.
After this I headed over for a word with Gerard and Catriona Gerlitz from Bay Estate who told me the CIE Christmas party was always a great night and they certainly didn't expect any change in that format!
Next I managed a word with May and Patsy Duffy from Carlingford who were in great form and told me they were really looking forward to a lively night.
I then headed over for a chat with John and Maire McGuinness from The Square in Blackrock who told me the parties just get better as the years go by.
Making my way over to another table I then got a word with Donald Soraghan from Gibstown who was having a laugh with Dalton and Carmel McKevitt from Avenue Road and when I asked Dalton whether it was going to be a good night he just said 'top of the pop!'
They were also enjoying the company of Andy Farrell from Cooley who told me he'd definitely be getting who up to sing and he was with Danny and Eithne Keenan from Newry who couldn't wait for the real crack to get going.
After this I got a word with Heinz Kampes from Bay Estate was having a laugh with and well known referee Peter Bannon from Castlebellingham who told me the night was progressing very favourably when I caught up with them.
I then made my way over for a chat with Mickey McKeown from Willowdale who was with wife Lorraine and Aidan and Brenda Daly from Drogheda and they wanted a big shout out for secretary Evelyn Begley who couldn't make it on the night because she is on maternity leave and they wanted to wish her all the best for the future.
Making my way through the crowds I then got talking to Paddy McGrory from Old Golflinks Road who wasn't too long in and told me it was going to be a good night surrounded by old mates.
Not too long later I got a word with Liam and Helena McCauley from Marsh Road who told me it was going to be an epic night, could that have something to do with the kids being gone for the night I wondered?
Then I headed over for a chat with Social and Activities Club chairperson Brian McArdle from Castletown Road who was taking the tickets along with vice chairperson Paul Callan from Ashbrook who were there to make sure the night was a huge success.
After this I had the pleasure of talking to Dessie and Jean Todd from Blackrock who tried to assure me it was going to be a nice quiet affair, as if!
Next I caught up with Lorraine McKeown again and she was up for making the best of the night with Brenda and Aidan Daly from Drogheda.
Making my way over to another table I then got talking to Larry Tuite from Blackrock who was enjoying the company of Jim and Mary McCaul from Belfry Gardens who were all up for making the best of the party.
Next I met up with Liam and Florence Leathem from Oaklawns who were with Ciaran and Breda McCourt from Point Road, Gerry and Marian McCooey from Meadow Grove along with Derek and Rosemary Ward from Heynestown who wanted to wish everyone there a very happy Christmas.
I then caught up with Maurice and Fiona Murphy from The Laurels who were sitting with Barbara and Noel Dunne from Doylesfort Road, Mary and Michael Cunningham from Killanny and mum Mary Boyle from Railway Terrace who were looking forward to a lovely meal and plenty of crack together afterwards.
Making my way over to another table I then got talking to Clodagh and David Quinn from Blackrock who were with Bernie and Gerry Tinnelly from Mill Road and Helen and Steve Wilson from Blackrock who assured me the craic was only just starting.
Finally, before we departed I got a word with Kevin and Jacinta Black from Mountpleasant who weren't too long in and assured me it was going to be anything but a quiet night and wanted to wish everyone a very happy Christmas.