Maureen and Peter's golden 50th
On Saturday night I headed for the Clans Clubrooms where a very special 50th wedding anniversary for Peter and Maureen Brannigan from Greenwood Drive and there to make sure they had a lovely night were their kids Peter, John, Kevin, Ciaran and Maria as well as grandkids Conor, Cormac, Emma, Theo, Nico, Shane, Orlaith, Sarah, Sophie, Ava, Laura and Owen and a huge collection of family and friends.
Peter who is best known for his association with the GAA having held the position of chairman of the Louth County Board and The Clans, was involved with bread trade here in Dundalk having worked in H.F.&J. McCann's and the Cuchullain Baker, married Maureen in London and Maureen's bridesmaid, her sister Kay and husband Larry Luciano had travelled all the way from Florida specially to be there for the party.
I decided to have a look round to see who was up for making it into an excellent night for the happy couple and met up with Tom Hughes Jnr from Seatown who was having a laugh with the happy couple's neighbour Micheal Greene from Greenwood Drive.
I headed over to a table where I got talking to the man who actually introduced Peter to Maureen and he was Tom Hughes Snr. from Ard Easmuinn who was there with wife Peggy, kids and their partners Larry and Jackie, Gerry and Caroline, Maria and Gerry Califf, Elizabeth and Mark Sheils and Tom Jnr who all wanted to wish Peter and Maureen a fantastic night.
At an adjacent table I caught up with the neighbours from Greenwood Drive and they included Michel Greene, Dympna and Aidan Mulrooney (I was told that Aidan cuts their grass), Ita O'Brien, Charlotte Neary (whose son Stephen is married to their daughter Maria), sister Sarah and dad Jimmy Neary, son Bran Neary from Avenue Road and Eilish O'Reilly from Priory Villas who all wanted to wish Peter and Maureen all the best on their big night and many more years happiness to come.
I then headed for a table where I met up with Briege and Willie Dixon from Nicholas Avenue who told me they have been lifelong friends and their association with the Brannigan's and the Clans go way back and they were delighted to be there.
Not too far away I got talking to niece Mariena and Ger Delaney from Carlingford who were delighted to be there and wanted to wish Peter and Maureen a very happy 50th wedding anniversary.
At an adjacent table I got word with son John Brannigan from Belfast who was with Moyra and kids Conor, Owen and Laura and said it was a brilliant night for his parents.
After this I caught up with niece Emma Day who was over from Washington DC along with mum and stepdad Kay and Larry Luciano from Florida and they were definitely up for making it a real night to remember.
I then caught up with Gerry and Christina O'Hare from St. Malachys Villas. Gerry told me he had been vice chairman when Peter was chairman of the Louth County Board and had nothing but admiration for a great man.
They were sitting with Anne and Anthony Guest from St. Furseys Terrace who said that he had worked alongside Peter in his days in McCann's Bakery and could even remember the horse drawn carts working out of the Church Street premises.
Finally, I got a word with some of the happy couple's kids who were all sitting together and they included Maria and Stephen Neary from Lis Na Dar with kids Shane, Sophie and Ava, Ciaran and Suzanne Brannigan from Dublin with kids Theo and Nico, Kevin and Siobhan Branigan from Racecourse Road with kids Siobhan, Cormac, Emma and Sarah who all wanted to wish the happy couple many more years of happiness together.