CARLOW NATIVES living in Birmingham rallied together to celebrate at 52nd County Carlow Birmingham Association dinner dance.
Everyone gathered in the Wesley Hotel, Acocks Green, Birmingham along with visiting guests from London, Carlow and a delegation from Northwich which is twinned with Carlow.
More than 100 people gathered for the occasion and after the meal the guests were welcomed by Association Chairman Jim Kehoe, formerly Upper Staplestown Road. Jim paid tribute to the hard working committee for their hard work throughout the year.
He thanked Association secretary Linda Campbell Doran for all her work and he extended a special welcome to those that travelled from London, Northwich, Preston and other parts of England and also to those that travelled from Carlow to join in the celebrations. Ann Dunne President of the association, now living in Carlow was also in attendance.
Cllr Walter Lacey, representing Carlow Town Council, paid tribute to the Birmingham Association for their success and he confirmed to those in attendance that the Presentation School Band from Carlow will be visiting Birmingham as guests of the Carlow Association for the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Jim Kehoe said this was great news for the association and they looked forward to marching behind their own band.
Cllr Michael Doran representing Carlow County Council addressed the function. Michael spoke of the difficulties facing the people at home and spoke of the importance of associations like the Carlow / Birmingham as more people were leaving Carlow. He informed those in attendance of the Gathering planned for 2013 and he extended an invitation to those in attendance to join us in Carlow and assured them of a warm welcome.
The attendance was also addressed by Cllr Tommy Bambrick, Bagenalstown Town Council and Director of Services Jimmy O'Connor.