Big celebrations for David's 18th
On Friday night I headed for Oriel Park where a special 18th birthday party was being held for David O'Hare from Kingswood and there to make sure he had a fantastic night were his parents Tony and Caroline, sisters Rebekah and Victoria, uncles Paul, Joe and Bill aunties Frances and Paula and a huge collection of family and friends.
I was only in the door when I met up with his dad Tony who wanted a big shout out for all David's friends in the Special Olympics and St. Theresa's Special Olympic Club and to thank all David's friends for coming to the party.
Making my way over to one of the tables I caught up with David's sister Rebekah who was up for making a night of it with Alex Williamson from Dublin, Grainne Quinn from Dunmor, Cathy Laverty from Mill Street, Hannah Lawless from Kingswood and Linda Kearney who had travelled all the way from Galway specially to be at David's party!
Next I got talking to two lads who were up for making it a real night to remember and they were Eugene Duffy from Reaghstown and Tony McCarragher from Cooley who were with Mary, Paula, Briege, Tracey and Eimear and assured me it was going to be anything but a quiet celebration.
Not too far away I met up with cousin Jordan O'Hare from St. Nicholas Avenue who was with his parents Andrea and Paul and sister Kim. Jordan told me it's always a good night when the O'Hare family get together, specially when David is concerned.
This sentiment was mimicked by cousins Niamh and Justine O'Hare from Lis na Ri who wanted to wish David a very happy 18th.
After this I headed over for a word with Evan Duffy from Ardee who was with parents Eugene and Mary and sister Paula who told me the party was brilliant.
Next I caught up with Joe O'Hare from Lis na Ri who was with Justine and Natasha, aunty Isobel O'Hare and Natalie Kelly who were in great form and wanted to wish David all the best on his big night.
I then made my way over for a word with Trevor and Rosemary Daly from Blackrock who are family friends and told me the party was just great.
After this I met up with Sarah and Colette McMahon from Tallanstown, Tadgh, Dessie and Catriona O'Rourke from Stonetown who are all friends of David's and wanted to make sure he had a fantastic time on his birthday.
Making my way through the crowds enjoying the party, I then met up with Jackie and John Lucas from Lower Point Road who were up for a mad night with Deirdre and Martin Stewart from Kingswood who told me it was a great night for a great man.
Meanwhile up near the bar I then met up with Megan Reilly from Blackrock who was chatting to Carmel Connolly from Bay Estate who teaches Victoria dance and wanted to wish a very happy birthday to David.
After this I caught up with Ian Callan from Manydown Close who was with Jane, Mark, Stephen and Niall and sister-in-law Karen Hughes from Silverbridge who were having a wonderful time at their friend David's big bash as were Gary and Linda Valentine from Ballybarrack who were having a laugh with everyone there.
Beside them I got a word with Sinead O'Hagan from Mount Avenue, Naoise Johnston McArdle from Dundalk and Aimee McNally from Knockbridge who told me they were having a brilliant time.
Next I got a word with Martin, Maeve, Stephen and Rachel Yore from Blakely Close and wanted to wish David all the best on what was a super night along with Mairead and Ellen McArdle from Roche and Annmarie Keane from Kingswood.
Not too far away I caught up with Dave and Gerry Maher from Manydown Close who were with Mary and Laura Marron from Carrickmacross and Dara Lawless from Castleross who told me it was a brilliant night.
I then headed for a table where I caught up with Paul and Matthew Egan, Joe and Catriona McGee all from Stabannon, Conor McGuinness from Cooley, Aaron Connolly from Blackrock who were having a brilliant night and wanted to say "C'mon De Town!"
After this I met up with Zach and Alex McArdle from Mountpleasant who were with their parents Alan and Niamh who were up for making it a great night.
Finally, before I departed I got a word with David's sister Victoria who was therewith Naoise Carroll from Dublin Road, Sarah Daly from Racecourse Road and Susie Donaldson from Stabannon who told me it was a totally mad night and wanted to wish David a very happy 18th birthday.