Paul and Briege mark 25 years of marriage
ON Friday night we headed for the Tain Suite in the Fairways Hotel where Paul and Briege Brady from Lis Na Ri were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a party.
There to make sure they had a fantastic night were their children Niamh and Caoimhín, parents Pat and Connie Brady from Cedarwood Park, Mary and Barney Grimes from Dunleer, brothers, sisters, a huge collection of relations and friends and Fr Fee who had married them and who officiated at a blessing before the party really got going.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with the happy couple who told me they had Vertigo and disco ready to make sure it was going to be a real night to remember.
I then decided to have a look round to see who was there and met up with Carol McKevitt and Dean Brady both from Saltown who were with their pride and joy Darcy Brady who all wanted to wish Dean's brother and his wife every happiness and told me it was going to be an epic night.
Next I got talking to Oisin Duffy from Headford who said he was with his mum and dad Sharon and David along with sister and brother Saoirse and Tiernan and he was up for making the best of the celebrations.
I then caught up with Ryan McGivern from Newry who was with the happy couple's daughter Niamh and said it was swiftly becoming a brilliant night.
Also chatting to Ryan was Paul's niece Ciara Brady from Cedarwood Park and she assured me it was going to be a fantastic night.
After this I got talking to Briege's brother Fergus Grimes from Dunleer with his wife Dolores, daughter Ciara, son Cathal and his girlfriend Kaeli Von Ryan also from Dunleer who were there to celebrate in style.
I then caught up with Oisin's mum Sharon Duffy from Headford who told me that Sophie and Amy Brady were up from Tipperary with their mum Vanessa and their nana and granda Betsy and Eddie Ryan also from Tipperary who certainly weren't there just to make up the numbers and told me it was going to be an epic celebration.
Not too long later I ventured over for a word with Paul's cousins Donal and Dorothy Donnelly from Leixlip who assured me they had no intentions on making it a quiet celebration.
Making my way through the crowds I then had the pleasure of talking to Mary and Paddy Murphy from Greenacres who are family friends of the Brady's.
They are the parents of well known Muirhevnamor footballer Conor Murphy whom many say I've been stalking over the last while. Just because he gets out more than me, coincidence, that's all I can admit to!
I then had a quick work with Barney Grimes from Dunleer, who had his pint in hand and wanted to wish the happy couple a very happy anniversary.
Not far away I met up with his delightful wife Mary who was having a laugh with Briege's sister Vera Grimes from Dunleer and Linda Flanagan from Drogheda who told me it was going to be anything but a quiet celebration.
I then headed over for a quick word with Pauline and Mark Hendrikx from Blackrock who told me they are friends of Paul's when he used to work in National Pen and they wanted to wish him and Briege all the best on their big night.
I then got a swift word with Briege's brother Damien Grimes who had a drink for himself and Barney and told me this was going to be a really great night.
After this I met up with Briege's cousin Catriona Flanagan from Dunleer who was with Patrick O'Neill from Culloville and cousin Michelle Cunningham from Dromin with husband Peter and the girls told me there was big gang down from Dunleer specially for the celebration so it was going to be a monumental celebration.
Making my way over to another couple I met up with Bridget and Richard Howard from Bellewstown who wanted to wish cousin Briege and Paul all the best on their big night.
Not too long later I caught up with Paul's workmates in Radius Communications, none other than Ger Doolan from Dublin who was with Dave Young and Chris Burton who shout 'how high?' when Paul requests them to 'jump'.
They were delighted to be there and wanted to wish him and Briege a very happy 25th wedding anniversary.
I then had the pleasure of talking to Paul's mum Connie Brady from Cedarwood who was with daughters Carol Brady and Sharon Duffy and she just wanted to wish Paul and Briege every happiness for the future.
Finally before I departed I met up with Paul's cousin Patricia Donnelly from Avondale Park who was with husband Colm Tuite and she told me it was going to be a major night of celebration with Paul and Briege.