Sunday 24 February 2019

O.G. Cabaret Show festive show

Paddy McGee and Jennifer Reynolds
Paddy McGee and Jennifer Reynolds
Catherine McCourt, Francis Street and Rita Doyle, Blackrock

Dundalk After Dark

One night that cannot be missed over the festive period is the annual Owen Gray Christmas Show which has been on the go longer than this writer can remember and this year it took place in the Crowne Plaza with Sold Out signs in abundance when I got to the hotel.

The night is a showcase for some of the crème de la crème of local cabaret performers and has been used a fundraiser for numerous local charities down throughout the years.

I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Rose and Philip Garvey from St. Nicholas Avenue who told me they knew it was going to be an excellent night and were there to make some noise, though Philip was having a bit of a problem coming to terms with the mulled wine!

Making my way to another table I caught up with Jim and Eileen Farrell from Ashling Park, Mary and Eugene O'Hanlon from Riverside Crescent and Kim Kardashian oops I mean Marie and Pat McGuirk from Farndreg who were all looking extremely well and the ladies couldn't wait to get singing!

Next, I managed a few words Tommy McQuillan from Annagassan and Chris Brennan from Priorland Road who were looking very well and told me if it was and OG night they were bound to enjoy it.

After this I caught up with Sinead Donaghy from Silverbridge and Margaret Connolly from Toberona Road who were just in the door and said they never miss OG's Christmas special because it always a very enjoyable evening.

I then headed over to my old friend Irene Myles from Muirhevnamor who was looking really well and in her usual great form. She was with Angela McNally from Meadow Grove, Eleanor Keenan from Carol Mead and May Grant from Cedarwood Park, so I expect it was going to be anything but a quiet festive celebration.

Making my way over to another table I then got talking to a couple I hadn't seen in years but both were looking exceptionally well, it was Jim and Linda Clarke from Annagassan who assured me that Jim certainly wouldn't be getting up to sing.

After this I headed over for a chat with Pat and Kathleen O'Callaghan from Muirhevnamor who told me that it's always a good night when the OG Cabaret show are in action and they were really looking forward to it.

Not too long later I got talking to Brenda Holmes from Riverstown, Briege Lennon from Thomastown and Angela Long from Carlingford who were in great form and Angela assured me they'd be plenty of singing and dancing done later on.

I then had the pleasure of talking to Mary Farrell from Littlemills who was there on the night with Rita Salem from London, Brendan Morgan from Australia, no wait a minute it must have been Monaghan and Susan Hogg from Bangor who had no idea what was going to happen later on and I could only hope they enjoyed it as much as the performers did putting it on.

Heading for another table I then met Geraldine Murphy from Pearse Park and Michael Murphy from Tullyallen whom I was told was there to support Geraldine's favourite man the one and only OG.

I then got talking to Catherine McCourt from Frances Street, Rita Doyle from Blackrock, Gerry and Catriona Lynch from Tallanstown who said they were there to see Jennifer Reynolds performing later as well as Eamonn and Vincent and assured me it was going to be a fantastic night for sure.

After this I met the Rock Girls and got a word with May Lynch from The Crescent, Ann Ward from Sandy Lane, Anne Rogers from Rathmount, Caitriona Sharkey from Rock Road, Patricia Mulholland from the Square and they were with Mary McElroy from Hackballscross, they said they had been last year's Christmas Show, it was excellent and they were expecting more of the same on the night.

Not too far away I had the pleasure of talking to Catherine Fitzpatrick from Suffolk who was with her mum Eileen Bradley from Barrack Street, Laureen Hobbs also from Suffolk (her first time in Ireland, so she was guaranteed a good night's entertainment), Paddy Myers from Castletown Cottages and his daughter Caroline Myers-McCabe from Woodview Terrace who were getting ready for a mad one.

Finally, I caught up with four sisters who were ready to party and they included OG's wife Kay Gray from Blackrock who was with Marie Mackell from Blackrock, Nuala McCrystal from Jenkinstown and Barbara McAlester from Navan who assured me it was going to be an excellent night as all OG's night always are. They were then joined by Paddy McGee 'the original miracle' from the Holy Lands of Fatima who is an integral part of the show and told me no matter what happened I shouldn't miss the show, as always!

The Argus