Monday 18 June 2018

Afternoon tea party for Birches Day Care centre

Dundalk After Dark

Emer and Jane Quigley at the Birches fundraiser held in the Spirit Store. Picture: Ken Finegan
Emer and Jane Quigley at the Birches fundraiser held in the Spirit Store. Picture: Ken Finegan
Liam Gaynor with Brendan and Maura Waters at the Birches fundraiser held in the Spirit Store. Picture: Ken Finegan

It may have only been the 3rd year it has been held, but the Afternoon Tea Party fundraiser for The Birches Alzheimers Day Care Centre held in the Spirit Store on Saturday afternoon drew a huge crowd. The sun was splitting the stones and After Dark was there to meet up with the movers and shakers, hold on, after dark and the fundraiser was in the afternoon, at last, I must be branching out, who knows, next I could be working on Wednesdays!

Anyway, I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with chief organiser Barbara Gaynor from Oaklawns who told me that the afternoon is one of many fund raisers for The Birches which now relies completely on donations and it was going from strength to strength. She told me to keep an eye out for the live music and there was a possibility of some Riverdancers appearing later on.

After this I headed over for a word with Regina O'Hare from Castle Road who was one of the volunteers on the day and was having a laugh with one of my new neighbours Sheila Daly from Parnell Park who told me she was delighted to support such a worthy cause.

Safe to say I got two of the nicest cups of coffee I've had in ages from Marie Berrills from Oaklawns who was busy making sure that everyone had a libation to help with all the beautiful cakes, sandwiches, breads, buns and fairy cakes on offer.

I then headed over for a chat with Kathleen and Suzanne Mulholland from Carrick Road who were delighted to be there and were really enjoying the atmosphere.

Making my way over to one of the tables I then got talking to Liam Dullaghan from O'Hanlon Park who was with Karlene and kids Jacob and Ava who told me the buns were lovely and I had to agree with them.

Busy selling raffle tickets was Mary Murtagh from Marian Park who was having a laugh with Rose Crilly from Fatima and Barbara's sister Siobhan Hamill from Castle Park who was also encouraged to muck in and help with the afternoon.

I must be stalking Rosemary Winkless from St. Malachys Villas again, this time I met her with Marie Hearty from The Valley and Moya Hearty from Castle Park, obviously the ladies were hatching something musical extravaganza that will eventually end up being a huge success in the Town Hall, I thought.

After this I got a word with Loyola Browne from Lower Point Road who was there to support the fundraiser along with daughter Emer, son Conor and his fiancée Rachael Conlon from Inniskeen and her other daughter Orla was busy behind the bar in the Store. Loyola was certainly getting the family involved on this positive day.

Meanwhile outside on the Quay I caught up with Hugh McBride from Knockbridge who was with mum-in-law Alice Geoghegan from Stonetrough, wife Pauline and son David who were all delighted to be there on such a beautiful day and with such serene surroundings.

Making my way over to another table I then got talking to John Rogers and Emma McAtasney both from Laurelbrook Gardens who were with John's mum Patricia Rogers from Kingswood who was relaxing on the Quay and awaiting her Med cruise to arrive. They were having a laugh with Emer and Janey Quigley from Cavan as well as Paul and Olive Flynn from Knockbridge who were really enjoying the occasion and wanted wish the organisers all the best on the day.

Not too long later I met up with my old friend Alice Mulholland from Carrick Road who was enjoying the afternoon and was still waiting on the arrival of Catriona Mathews from Mountain View who was a bit more than fashionably late.

Finally, I caught up with sisters Olivia Neacy from Culhane Street, Briege O'Connor from Fr. Murray Park and Michelle McArdle from Greenacres who were enjoying a cuppa as well as rattling the buckets to get more money for the Birches.

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