A SEASONAL atmosphere hung over the Cullen and District Special Needs Association Annual Christmas Mass and Party in Cullen Community Centre last Saturday.
The 32nd hosting retained its popular menu with the opening proceedings, Mass by Canon John Fitzgerald, uplifted with festive carols from the choir and organist Susan O'Connor.
Thereafter food and refreshments were served by a willing group of volunteers while DJ Andrew Lynch helped generate a brillant atmosphere as the dance floor filled with the young and the young at heart.
MC Dr Patrick Casey thanked everybody for coming out in big numbers and expressed a big thank you to those working behind the scenes, headed by Chairperson Breeda O'Riordan. Words of appreciation were extended to the local school children for decorating the community centre.
Cullen and District Special Needs Association secretary Moira O'Keeffe extended the compliments of the season to friends and associates. "Our Christmas Mass and party continues to be the highlight of the year's activity, where many friendships are renewed and new ones formed each year at this annual get-together," she said.
The Cullen and District Special Needs Association received a boost on William Fitzgerald presenting a substantial cheque to Secretary Moira O'Keeffe, part of the proceeds from the successful launch of Cork Music Station.
And Moira's own birthday wasn't forgotton, either - there was a special cake on hand. To finish off the evening each one of the special friends received a Christmas gift presented as usual by Dr Pat Casey, who had a special friendly and kind word for all.
Upcoming, the group's annual weigh-in gets up and running on Monday, January 21 in Cullen Community Centre at 8pm with weekly exercises and dancing continuing over ten weeks.