Wednesday 22 May 2019

Perpetua's special 60th birthday

Kevin, Eamonn, Perpetua and Conor Brennan at Perpetua's birthday party in Byrnes of No 10, Hill Street
Kevin, Eamonn, Perpetua and Conor Brennan at Perpetua's birthday party in Byrnes of No 10, Hill Street
Gillian Rafferty and Perpetua Brennan at Perpetua's birthday party in Byrnes of No 10, Hill Street
Eimear O'Hanlon and Perpetua Brennan

Dundalk After Dark

On Friday night I headed for Byrnes Bar where a special 60th birthday party was being held for Perpetua Brennan from Manydown Close and there to make sure she had an excellent night was husband Eamonn, kids Kevin and Conor, mum Agnes Traynor from Seatown, sisters Ann and Mary, brother Pat, nieces Shauna, Aoibhín and Gillian along with a huge collection of family and friends.

I was only in the door when I met up with the birthday girl who works as an SNA in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan, who was looking resplendent and Wanted to thank everyone for coming to help her celebrate her birthday.

I then decided to have a look round to see who was up for making the party such a success and caught up with Lorcan Rafferty from Manydown Close who was there with Perpetua's son Kevin who were having a laugh with Aidan O'Hanlon from Manydown Close with his wife Eimear, Aidan said even though he was an ex, and was delighted to be there.

After this I headed over for a word with Caroline Murray from Muirhevna who wanted to wish Perpetua a very happy birthday and hoped she had a really great night.

Making my way through the crowds I then met up with Elaine Mathews from Legion Avenue who was there with parents Gerry and May and they were joined by daughter Karen Carroll and Adrian Dolan whom, together make up KaceyD and were delighted to be playing at her ex workmate from Catwalk Boutique and were also having a laugh with their old boss Fiona Fagan from Commons Road Dromiskin who was also there.

Back out in the beer garden I got a swift word with Laurence and Sean Murphy from Fatima who were with Kelly McElroy and Kerry Mucker both from Greenacres who were already in full party mode and making the best of the celebrations.

I then headed over to my favourite table where I caught up with some of Eamonn's family and was delighted to meet up again with sisters Margaret with husband Brian and Catriona Mahony up from Kilkenny, Caitriona Gerraghty up from Dublin, brothers Gene and Eithne Brennan up from Carlow and Ray from the principality of Blackwater Court who certainly know how to party and were getting ready for a major night of fun.

Beside them I then got talking to John and Christina McCoy from Doylesfort Road who are good friends and were looking forward to a good night with everyone there.

After this I caught up with Maria Moore from Oaklawns and Teresa Mackin from Point Road who certainly weren't going to miss any celebration of Perpetua's that was for sure. They were sitting with Eileen and Larry who wanted to wish Perpetua all the best too.

Next I got talking to Ciaran Burke from Priorland Gardens and Brian Madden from Belfry Drive who wanted to wish her all the best and told me they were 'delighted with the finish in the Dundalk FC game'.

Making my way through the crowds I got talking to the birthday girl's old neighbours Owen and Marie Hanratty from Mountain View who wanted to wish her a very happy Christmas and to say this was easily one of the best parties they had gatecrashed in years!

After this I got talking to Perpetua's godson Gavin Duffy from Castleknock who was with his partner Michael Ryan and sister Rosemary Duffy from Sliabh Roe Crescent who were all looking extremely well and ready to party the night away.

I then got talking to the birthday girl's sister Ann McMahon from Willow Grove who was with husband John, kids Shauna and Aoibhín and their two friends Katie and Bláithín and she said it was swiftly turning into an excellent night, just wait till KaceyD get going I thought.

After this I caught up with sister Mary Traynor from Mountain View who was with husband Benny and daughter Gillian from Riverside Drive who was with husband Darren Rafferty and Gillian assured me it was going to be a fantastic night for sure.

Not too long later I did get a word with Joe McCormack from Newry who was enjoying the curry and told me to call back when everyone was back from getting their food. He also wanted to wish all the best to the birthday girl.

Just arrived in the door where fellow workmate in Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan, Angela Martin from Dublin Road who was with James Merrick from Edentubber and they were up for making it a mad night with their friends.

Finally, I got a word with Perpetua's bestie Dorena Crimmins from Belfry Gardens who was just after arriving in with Aine Duffy from Ard Easmuinn who assured me it was going to be nothing short of an epic night!

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