I was only in the door when I met school principal Archie Hinfey, Gyles Quay who told me that the badges would be on sale for ?2 and are a must for everyone. Next I met Wayne Mooney from St. Nicholas Avenue who was there to enjoy the night and to show off European Computer DrWe made our way to Oriel Park for the Official Launch of St. Brigid’s School’s St. Brigid’s Cross Day which will take place on Saturday next, June 8th when helpers will be out selling the metal cross badges in north and south Louth and east Monaghan as a fund raiser for the school located in Ard Easmuinn.
I was only in the door when I met school principal Archie Hinfey, Gyles Quay who told me that the badges would be on sale for ?2 and are a must for everyone.
Next I met Wayne Mooney from St. Nicholas Avenue who was there to enjoy the night and to show off European Computer Driving License, which he recently received.
I then got a quick word with Sheila Morrissey from Road 2, Anna Connor from Riverstown and Darren Cahill from St. Clements Park who there at the door, making sure that no one passed without making a contribution towards the cause and receiving their metal St. Brigid’s Cross.
I went over for a word with Emma and Teresa Rogan from Pearse Park who were there with Anne Morrissey from Road 2, and seated close by were Carmel and Jim McGuinness from Greengates who told me they were there to support the launch and were out to make the best of the evening with all their friends.
At another table, I got a word with Carol Conachy, Ashling Park who was there with Philomena Boland, Oakland Park and Winnie McGee, Ashling Park, and one couple who were really happy with the day were James and Martina Browne from Cherrybrook in Ardee who told me that their daughter Caitlin had the honour of meeting and greeting Caroline Corr who had dropped into the school earlier on in the day to help the launch! The chance of her showing up on the night, could that have been one of the reasons I’d put on my cleanest t-shirt?
A pair of twins who were certainly making a great night of it were Roisin and Fiona McLaughlin, Bellurgan and Roisin who was having a laugh with Charlie McCarthy, Point Road and Pat Kirk, Riverstown who was there with his son Padraig.
Heading for another table, I then met Colette Meenan, Avenue Road who was there with Eileen Meenan, Mary Street North and Colette told me her son James is at St. Brigid’s School and she hoped at this time of the night that he was at home tucked up in bed!
Meanwhile, up near the bar I got talking to Stephen Duffy originally from Pearse Park but now resident in Belfast who told me he was making a fleeting visit and was going to lend his support to a very worthy school.
Next I managed a few words with a group who included Eleanor Donlon from Meadow Grove, Mary McGinnity from Willow Grove, Irene McGahon from Milltown Dromiskin and Ronan Linden from Dromiskin, and after this I got a few words with Tommy and Eileen Cahill from St. Clements Park who told me they wanted to thank Eamonn and Ruth for babysitting Ciara so they could be there to support the school, oh yea, and to have a good night too.
Not too far away, I then got a word with sisters Patricia Agnew from Cypress Gardens and Emma Searle from Woodbury Gardens and they were with Moira and Wally McKenna from Farndreg. Emma told me she actually works in the school and was delighted with the turn out.
Next I met Austin McKenny from Stoney Lane who was sitting with Helen Hinfey from Gyles Quay and Bernie Murphy from Old Chapel Lane in Ardee who were up for making the best of the occasion and with them were Sally Hinfey and Jennifer Hollywood both from Gyles Quay and Sam Saarsteiner from Dublin.
After this I met Peter O’Reilly from Glenmore and Gerard Connor from Gyles Quay and next I got to a table where everyone was enjoying the crack and they were Sam and Christine McLoughlin from Knockbridge, Geraldine Hamill, Majella Begley and Margaret Duffy all from the school and joining them was Briege McKeown from Ard Easmuinn whom I didn’t recognise!
Also in their company were Maureen Maloney-Duff originally from Roscommon but now in Dromiskin, Noeleen O’Hanlon from Blaney Road, Niamh O’Mara, St. Brigid’s Terrace and Patricia Ward from Greenwood Drive who told me they were awaiting the arrival of the football team? No, I didn’t understand that either. Not too far away, I then got talking to Seamus and Adrienne Lennon from Dromiskin.
After this I got a word with my old friends May and Joe Kelly from Cuchullain Terrace who wanted to wish St. Brigid’s School all the best on June 8th as they listened to their son DJ Jason Kelly spinning the discs. I got a word with Jason afterwards who told me that he is now up and running as a fully fledged DJ and is available for 21sts, weddings and all occasions and anyone interested to give him a bell on (042) 9334023 for any bookings.
So, don’t forget, when you’re out and about on Saturday next, June 8th get your ?2 out and buy St. Brigid’s Crosses, for a special occasion and a great school too.