Aoife celebrates a fantastic 40th party
Family & friends gather in Shaky Bills speakeasy
On Friday night I headed for Shaky Bill's Speakeasy for a rather special birthday party for Aoife Finnegan from St. Marys Road and there to make sure she had a fantastic night was sister Joanne Finnegan from Ath Lethan, brother Barry from Dowdallshill and a huge collection of well wishers.
Aoife, who just recently returned home from working for Tourism Ireland in Sydney assured me it was going to be an epic night, but insisted I gave a special mention for her mum Hannah Finnegan from St. Marys Road who couldn't make it to the bash because she was under the weather. All I can say is, for Hannah to miss this party, she really must have been unwell!
I then got taking to brother Baz who was with his wife Roisin McKenna from Dowdallshill and wanted a major shout out for their kids Jules and Hazel and a message of huge thanks to nanny and granda Frances and Oliver McKenna who were on babysitting duties.
After this I headed over for a chat with Paudie Larkin from Carrick Road who was with partner Caroline Bishop also from Carrick Road who wanted to wish Aoife all the best on her big night and they were definitely there to party with the birthday girl.
Not too far away I got talking to Aoife's aunts Josephine Finnegan from Point Road, Sella Zimmer from New York and Marian O'Doherty from Monasterboice who with family friend Jackie Duffy from Carrick Road who were also missing Hannah but told me they wouldn't let that get in the way of them showing everyone how to have a mad night.
Next I met up with Aoife's sister Joanne Finnegan from Ath Lethan who was with her boyfriend Ricky McMahon from Togher and she said it was going to be a major night of celebrations.
I then headed over for a quick word with cousin Eanan O'Doherty from Corballis in Ardee who was having a laugh with Sarah and Eugene O'Hanlon from Broughton Street who tried to tell me it was going to be a quiet affair, could that have been after Eugene's epic night the previous evening when he caught Japanese band Kikagaku Moyo who completely blew the Workman's Club in Dublin apart?
After this I had the pleasure of speaking to Aoife's friend Sophie Nicholas from Melbourne who was over specially for the party and was up for a wild and crazy night with Aoife Rhattigan from Mullingar and Carol O'Grady from Dublin who were all looking extremely well and ready to distract Aoife as best they could.
Making my way through the crowds I caught up with a couple of Aoife's besties from her Marist days and they were Barbara Toner from Seatown and Ruth Toal from Ballybarrack who told me they were delighted to be there to help Aoife "wave goodbye to the dirty thirties".
Not too far away I caught up with Hanna's friends Brendan and Jacqueline Duffy from Carrick Road who were with neighbour Colm and Beatrice Lally from St. Marys Road who told me they were only there for the chips, goujons and the balloons, mostly the balloons!
Out in the beer garden I met up with Kilian and Rachel Walsh from Blackrock who were with Johnny Duggan from Priory Villas who assured me the party was going to be that good, they were "gonna tear the town a new one!"
Finally, I met up with Roisin McKenna who was having a chat with family friends Carol and Stephane Loziak from Knockbridge who wanted to wish Aoife a happy birthday and were there to make sure she did.