Gerard and his staff celebrate 30 at the cutting edge in town
On Saturday night I headed for the Beerkeeper Bar where a rather special party was taking place. The Edge hair salon in River Lane was celebrating 30 years in business and owner Gerard Hoey from Inniskeen was there with his family, friends and staff to make sure everyone had a great night.
I was only in the door when I met up with Karen Broderick from Dublin who tried to tell me that Gerard had four franchised shops working just of Capel Street in Dublin! But I'd be thinking she was just trying to wind me up?
I then got a quick word with Eamonn Dunne from Blackrock who said that Gerard should be honoured because he managed to continue to thrive in business for 30 years and was one of the longest serving businesses in town.
I then headed over for a quick word with Paddy Savage and John Murphy both from Dromintee who had absolutely nothing to do with the party, but wanted to wish Gerry all the best for the future anyway!
Heading for an adjacent table I then got talking to Catherine McArdle from Cooley and Anne O'Hagan from Bellurgan who had both worked for Gerard for 28 years and said he is an unbelievable boss. They were with Sonya McMahon from Bay Estate who had been in Jagged Edge (as it was) for 16 years and was delighted to be there to join in the celebrations.
They were having a laugh with Kate Campbell from Killeavy and Shannon Savage from Bay Estate who are part of the current staff and Shannon said she really enjoys their work family.
Not too long later I got talking to Gerard's sisters Bernadette Cumiskey from Inniskeen and Ann O'Reilly from Meigh who were with sister-in-law Geraldine Hoey and Robert O'Reilly who were definitely enjoying the party and Bernadette surprised me with her knowledge of the distant past (Rip Off Promotions indeed)!
Next I got talking to some The Edge's staff and they included Lorraine Boyle, Maria Cotter, Rachel Tasker and Rachel O'Connor who told me they totally love working in the Edge with Gerard.
Heading for another table I got a quick word with Gerard's son Conall Hoey from Inniskeen who was chatting to Gerard's brother Micheal Hoey from Blackstaff who assured me the crack was only just getting going.
They were sitting with Gerard's daughters Gertie and Brigid Hoey from Inniskeen who said it was a brilliant night and were up for a mad one with Laura Meehan from St. Alphonsus Road who works in the Edge and Maria Duff from Ballykelly who was only there for the chicken curry later on!
Finally, before I departed I got a quick word with stylist Rachel Tasker from Oakland Park and shop receptionist Coilfhionn Matthews from Killeavy who told me that Gerard is a lovely boss and they were delighted to be there to celebrate 30 years in business with him and his family and friends.