On Friday night I headed for the Kennedy's Bar beer garden where the Moffett's Social Club Summer Bar-b-que was taking place. It was a lovely sunny summers evening and also marked the start of the company's summer holidays so the everyone was in great form when I caught up with them.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Colm Hoey from Railway Terrace, Paul Kieran from Manydown Close and Danny Carr from Ballybarrack who told me were just after getting their meal and assured me it was going to be anything but a quiet celebration.
Not too long later I caught up with Stephen Dowdall from Readypenny who was in good form and was looking forward to a bit of craic with all his workmates.
Heading for one of the tables I then caught up with Joe Marmion from Kilcurry, Declan Reilly from Vincent Avenue, Jim Gonnelly from Belfry Avenue (who admitted he had actually been allowed out by himself for a change), Linda Crawley from Drive One and Ard Vogelarr from Denhaag in Holland who assured me he was the main man and had sponsored the night. The lads were on form for a good night now that they were on holidays.
Just after finishing his meal and showing off his brand-new runners (which he bought with his holiday money) was Barry Doyle from Blackrock who was having a laugh with Gary Corrigan from Faughart and Gary McCrave from Muirhevnamor who were looking forward to the holidays and a few pints to get it under way.
They were having a chat with Wheelie Martin from Barton Park, Paddy Clarke from Faughart, John Boyle from Blackrock (who told me he's from Wexford and was going to be heading home in the morning) and Brendan Butler from Woodbury Gardens who is also from Wexford and was in no hurry anywhere because the lads were in good form.
Not too far away I met up with Chris Brennan from Darver, Simon Lucas from Manydown Close and Keith Quigley from Jonesboro who collectively laughed at me when I asked them if it was going to be a quiet bar-b-q!
Heading for another table I then met up with Paul Cairns from Bay Estate, Martin Kane from Newry Road and Conor Murtagh from Haggardstown who told me the meal was absolutely average, but the pints weren't half bad.
After this I caught up with my old mate Brian Watters from Barrack Close who told me he's the official minder of the bunch and sent me over to have a word with Paul O'Connell from Knockbridge, Paul Connor from Castleblaney, Daithi Martin from Lennonstown Manor and Liam Quinn from Happy Valley who the bar-b-q was definitely a good start to which they expected was going to be a hectic night and then told me to give a mention to Derek Gillespie from Collon too.
I then got talking to the 'money man' yes it was social club treasurer Paul Flanagan from Dunleer who said that he, Conal Crawley and Derek Gillespie were the main man in the social club and were going to make sure that the night was a big hit with the lads and ladies.
Paul was sitting having a laugh with Caroline Donnelly from Anne Street, Ann Finnegan from Inniskeen, Anthony Gonnelly from Belfry Avenue, Briege Hulme from Red Barns Road and John O'Connor from Oaklawns who having a right old time of it together.
A special mention has to be given to Geraldine and Aoife McGeough who are Kennedy's cooks and were manning the bar-b-q and doing a fantastic job of it too.
After this I got talking to Shane Coleman from Brook Street, Derek Clarke from Ashbrook who both told me the food was lovely. They were with Kevin Turnbull from Knockbridge, Keith Brennan from Hunterstown and Mark Lynch from Dromiskin who were going to have a mad one for sure.
Finally, before I departed I met up with Daithi Maher from Lennonstown Manor, Keith Carr from Point Road who wanted a big shout out for Larry for doing so well in the yard that week, Alan Carr from The Quay and Andrew McShane from Carlingford who were up for a few beers and were going to get their holidays going in style.