Stunning Aoife is the life of the party at her 21st
On Saturday night I headed for Jim Reilly's bar in Oriel Active were a rather special 21st birthday party was taking place for Aoife Murphy from Louth Village and there to make sure she had a fantastic time was her mum Marie, sisters Siobhan and Ciara, their partners Anthony Myles and Aidan McLoughlin and Aoife's boyfriend Peter Lynch from Stabannon and a huge collection of family and friends.
I was only in the door and I had the pleasure of talking to Aoife who was stunning in her blue dress and she told me she is in the DkIT doing Accountancy and Finance and is just loving it and was really looking forward to a good night for her party.
I then decided to have a look round to see who was there and the first group I caught up with included Philip Arrowsmith, Ciaran Murray and Stephen Murray all from Dunmahon who were with Cathy Litchfield from McSwiney Street who are all mates of Aoife's and told me it was going to get mental later on.
Not too long later I met up with Ann and Gerry McLoughlin from Ballybarrack who were with Monica Fitzgerald from Dunmahon who told me they are family friends and were having a lovely night.
Making my way to an adjacent table I then caught up with Tommy Halpenny from Ravensdale who was with his wife Sylvia and Tommy told me he was birthday boy Pat Phillips from Ravensdale who was actually there with his wife Margaret for some strange reason? They were with Tommy's brothers John and Una Halpenny from Darver and my neighbour Brendan Halpenny from Parnell Park who are all uncles of Aoife's and were going to celebrate Aoife's big bash and Pat's as well, according to Tommy anyway.
Not too far away I caught up with cousins Orla, Edel, Grainne and Niamh Halpenny all from Darver who were with Gerry Brady who tried to tell me he too was from the kingdom of Darver but he's actually from Blaney!
After this I caught up with Aoife's sister Siobhan from Louth Village who was there with her partner Anthony Myles from Knockbridge and she wanted to give a message of thanks to her sister-in-law Leona Myles who was babysitting her 'wee angel' Sophie.
Not too long later I then got a word with Aidan McLoughlin from Louth Village who is Ciara's future husband and he was wanted to wish Biddy a big happy birthday and he was sitting with his future groomsman Mark Duffy from Barrack Street and they wanted a major shout out for Darren Mackin who couldn't make it on the night because he was at the UFC in Dublin and they just known that he's working on his big speech for the wedding already. The lads were also there with Shane Crawley from Louth Village who told me it was going to be a mad one for sure.
I then headed over for a quick chat with a group of lads who included Niall Grimes from Killanny, Peter Lynch from Stabannon, Cian McGuinness from Corduff, Niall Kierans from Dunleer and Dermot O'Connor from Dromiskin who were there to keep Peter on the straight and narrow on the night and all wanted to wish Aoife a very happy 21st.
Finally, before I departed I caught up with Sheila and Peadar Lynch from Stabannon who were with son Peadar and daughter Annmarie who was with her main squeeze Tony Kelly from Ardee who were having a great laugh together and wanted to thank Aoife for such a great night.