Big celebrations for John's 21st
Dundalk After Dark
There really was only one place to be on Saturday night and that was Byrne's in Hill Street where a special 21st birthday party was being held for John Byrne from Hill Street and there to make sure he had an epic night were his parents John and Mary Byrne from the pub, granny Loretta Byrne also from the pub and girlfriend Roisin McManus from Dromiskin and a huge collection of family and friends.
John who is currently studying business in the DkIT also plays with the Gaels and Glenmuir and wanted to thank everyone for being there and hoped they had a great night.
I then headed over to some of John's Gaels mates where I caught up with Padraig Fallon from Carrick Road, Sean Judge from Demesne Road, Aaron Culligan from Priorland Gardens, Conor Morgan from Redbarns Road (who secretly mentioned the Sean's for some strange reason), Micheal Lambert from Knockbridge, Jordan Keating from Stapleton Place, John Burlingham from Mount Avenue and Ronan O'Callaghan from Legion Avenue who told me they'd be taking things easy on the night because they have a big game on Friday night, must've been that alcohol free beer they were drinking then?
After this I headed over for a word with Eddie and Fidelma Faulkner from Hughes Park who wanted to wish John all the best on his big night.
I then managed a few words with John's aunt Teresa Mackin from Point Road who wanted to wish all the best to her lovely nephew.
Making my way over to another group I then got talking to Anthony Richardson and Paul Culligan from Priorland Gardens who say they've known John from since he started with Glenmuir and their kids are his friends. They were there to try and keep an eye on the lads sitting beside them who included Ryan Smyth from Kilkerley (not Gael's number one fan), Sean Kelly from O'Hanlon Park, Niall Cunningham from Greenacres, Mr. Head'n'Shoulders himself Antoine Griezmann who was with Paddy O'Hanrahan from Glenwood, Dean Cunningham from O'Hanlon Park, Chris Lawson from Doylesfort Grove, Mark Dollard from Parnell Park, Jack Martin from Lisdoo and Johnny McArdle from Culhane Street who told me that some of the lads know the birthday boy through the football and some from the Friary Youth Club, but they were there for a major night of celebration.
I then headed back into the lounge where I met up with Marty Whelan, opps I mean Eamonn Nolan from Dublin who was with his wife and John's aunty Mary Nolan who were enjoying the company of other aunties Antoinette and Sheila Agnew from Kill in Kildare who told me John is a 'little sweetheart' and they were delighted to be there.
Eamonn and John's dad then told me about racing driver Rob Agnew who was just after coming back from Monaco Grand Prix where, according to the lads, he gave a very good account of himself in the company of Naomi Campbell!
I then caught up with David and Dinah McArdle from Dunmor who were enjoying the meal with aunt and cousin Phillis and Debbie Woods from Belfry Grove who tried to tell me it was going to be a quiet party, with David and Dinah there, I was thinking no way.
Seated not too far away were the Cheshire Girls, Mary, Mary and Siobhan from Muirhevna who wanted to wish John all the best and they were looking forward to a great night.
After this I met up with Ruth McNally from Castlebellingham, Neasa Cumiskey from Demesne Road, Claire Keenan from Castlebellingham and Cathy McGeough from Knockbridge who all were there with John's main squeeze Roisin McManus and told me now they had arrived it was going to be a wild and crazy night for sure.
I then headed over for a word with cousin Marita Duffy and Noreen and Eugene McManus from Green Road who were having a great laugh together and wanted to wish John all the best on his big night.
Finally, before I departed, I got talking to cousin Laurence Mackin and Thyrza Ging both from Dublin 7 who were enjoying the evening with Karen Porter from Carlingford along with uncle and aunt Paddy and Kate Mackin from Annagassan who had brought along Charlie and Ella Kitts from Ottawa in Canada who have to be complimented should you meet them while they are on their holidays here, Charlie told me he had managed to bring the good weather over with him and for that we are eternally grateful!