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Liam Quinn, Leanne McConville, Yvonne Mulligan and Michelle Carroll at the McManus' Pub 120th anniversary celebrations night in Seatown

Liam Quinn, Leanne McConville, Yvonne Mulligan and Michelle Carroll at the McManus' Pub 120th anniversary celebrations night in Seatown

Paul Mulholand, Muirhevnamor, Wally McGuinness, Carrick Road and Patrick Cunningham, Ashbrook

Paul Mulholand, Muirhevnamor, Wally McGuinness, Carrick Road and Patrick Cunningham, Ashbrook

Michelle Bond, Oaklawns and Annemarie Brown, Medebawn

Michelle Bond, Oaklawns and Annemarie Brown, Medebawn

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Liam Quinn, Leanne McConville, Yvonne Mulligan and Michelle Carroll at the McManus' Pub 120th anniversary celebrations night in Seatown

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There really was only one place to be found on Friday night and that had to be the party to celebrate that Seatown pub McManus' was celebrating 120 years in existence and a huge crowd had gathered specially for the occasion.

I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Pauline and David McCourt from Greenacres who told me that David's grandad used to drink in the pub when it had sawdust on the floor and women weren't allowed in. He said they had spent more than their fair share in there too. They wanted a big shout out for Gerard and Anne Gorman and kids Ronan, Colin and Will, Jimmy and Michelle McCourt and kids Molly all over in Boston. Pauline wanted to wish happy birthday to her sisters Maria Gorman and Geraldine Gorman too.

I then headed over for a chat with my old mate Pigeon Clarke from The Valley who said he's been dropping in for the odd drink or two since 1986!

Not too far away I then got talking to Tony and Anne Rafferty from Kilcurry who are regulars there and say it has a good atmosphere, good people and good beer, so it's ticking all their boxes and this was mimicked by Rory Flanagan, Noel Sampson from Beechmount Drive and Catriona McNally.

After this I got a word with Paul McGuinness from Lis Na Dara, Paul Mulholland from Crescent 1 and Patrick Cunningham from Ashbrook who was looking extra sharp in his blue suit. Paul was talking about 'runner exchange' something that happened to help get him into Ridleys all those years ago!

I then headed over for a chat with Colm and Bea Lally from St. Marys Road who told me that if the pub has been open for 120 years, Colm has been drinking there for a third of that time.

After this I managed a few words with Michael Mandeville from Bothar Na Feirme, Thomas McNally from Castleross and sister Catriona who told me they were having a really great night in their regular.

Not too long later I headed over for a chat with Tony Kavanagh from Saltown who said he's a regular in the pub and was definitely up for enjoying the celebrations.

Seated over beside the complimentary champagne were Annmarie Brown from Medebawn and Michelle Bond from Oaklawns who were looking extremely well and were up for making the best of the party.

Making my way over to another table I caught up with Mickey Stafford and Michelle O'Keeffe from Broughton Street who have been known to pop in now and again for a quick drink or two. They were having a laugh with Michael Conneally from Ashbrook who said he was there for the cheap champagne and sparkling company.

Also up for a good night was Peter Doyle from Lower Point Road who said he had just dropped in for a few sociables on such a great nigh with all his friends there.

I then had the pleasure of meeting up with Noelle Malaszer from Blackrock who was there on the night with workmate Frank and was having a lovely night.

Making my way through the crowds I then caught up with James Bond, eh, well he was wearing a tuxedo, surely it wasn't that 'man of mystery' Bill Jennings from Crescent 2 who was chatting to Lucile Prouveur from France and explaining exactly how good the taxi service around town is for saving the night!

Not too long later I met up with Sarigao Garcia from Espania who is over on holiday and was with Alicia Del Hoyo from Old Gardens and were definitely out to make it a mad one.

Next I had the pleasure of meeting up with Yvonne Mulligan from Patrick Tierney Crescent, Liam Quinn, Michelle Carroll from McSwiney Street and Leanne McConville from Racecourse Road who were dressed to impress and told me now they had arrived the night was definitely going to go up a gear.

Finally, before I departed I got a word with Bernard McGrath from Ashbrook who told me he is 20 years drinking in McManus and it's always good!


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