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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Ringing in 2018

Shannon McGuinness, Greyacre Road and Ciara Twyford, Cedarwood Park at the New Year's Eve celebration night in The Imperial Hotel
Shannon McGuinness, Greyacre Road and Ciara Twyford, Cedarwood Park at the New Year's Eve celebration night in The Imperial Hotel
Darragh Smith and Ryan Martin at the New Year's Eve celebration night in The Rum House
Dermot and Amanda Daly, Pearse Park at the New Year's Eve celebration night in The Imperial Hotel
Kerry Clarke (left), Toberona, Lorraine Murphy, Market Street and Conor Stewart, Kingswood at the New Year's Eve celebration night in The Rum House

Dundalk After Dark

I started my adventures on New Year's Eve in the Rum House where the festivities were well under way by the time we got there. I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Roisin and Kevin Loughran from Lis Na Dara who were only starting their night there and enjoying a few drinks before heading for a Japanese meal and were up for making the best of the evening.

Not too long Ì then caught up with Aisling Dunne from Blackrock, Grace O'Connor from Mountpleasant, Ryan Martin from Greyacre Road and Darragh Smyth from Dromiskin who told me they were there for the night and were definitely up for a mad one.

Meanwhile over at another table I then met up with Kerry Clarke from Toberona, Conor Stewart from Kingswood and Lorraine Murphy from Market Street who assured me they were only out for a few quiet ones and then they were heading home, nope I didn't believe them either!

Next I caught up with Lauren Whearty from Point Road and Don McGauley from Finnabar Crescent who assured me it was definitely going to be a totally mad one.

Making my way through the crowds I headed over for a word with Fiona Gaskin from Bellurgan, Aideen Mallon from Jenkinstown, Lisa Corrigan from Ardee Road and Rosaleen Galligan from Haggardstown who were all looking stunning and were going to make the Imperial Bar their base camp for their activities.

Next I headed over for a chat with Lauren Mackell from the Quay, Ciara Brennan from Knockbridge, Olivia Quinn from Kilkerley Stephen Dennehy from Cork and Nadine Flynn from Kilkerley who were ready to party and told me they were there for a week.

I then headed over to another booth where I caught up with Jordan McAlester from Beechmount Drive, Colin Mulligan from Barleyfield, Tony Curtis Jnr. from Oliver Plunkett Park, Dylan Lynam from Oaklawns Amy Reilly from Bay Estate and Chris Murden from Muirhevnamor who were already making the best of the celebrations and weren't sure where the night would end up.

After this I got a quick word with Christine, Michelle, Martin and Conor McLoughlin from Dunbin who were out celebrating Santy's birthday and wanted Conor to get a move on at the bar.

Two ladies who were definitely there to see in the new year were Joanne Hughes and Edel O'Rourke both from Crossmaglen.

I then got a word with Ciara McCarthy from Faughart, John Jones from Blackrock, who were there for a meal and would be seeing out 2017 in the Beerkeeper later on.

Heading for another table I met up with Niall, Linda and Amy O'Connell from Belfry Drive with Paul Newell from Laurel Grove who all wanted a big shout out for their son Dean O'Donnell who wasn't there he was down in Wexford with his girlfriend Anna Murphy.

Meanwhile up near the bar I met up with Ciaran O'Connor from Woodview Park with his mum Mary O'Connor from Bay Estate and girlfriend Gillian Callan from Marian Park who were in great form and wanted to wish all their family and friends a very happy new year.

Beside them I then got a quick word with Una Holland and Colum Marley both from Park Villas who were enjoying a few and enjoying all the crack in the Rum House.

Finally, before I departed I got a word with birthday boy Syl Matthews from Glenwood celebrating his 63rd with his wife Aislinn and big son David Matthews who were all going to 'Rock The Casbah'.

I then headed for the Imperial Hotel Bar where a good size crowd were out enjoying a meal and getting ready to see in the new year.

I wasn't too long in the door when I had the pleasure of talking to Ciara Twyford from Cedarwood Park and Shannon McGuinness from Greenacres who told me they had been out for a few and were just about to head home to continue the celebrations.

Beside them got a word with Kevin and Anita Boland from Park Villas who were chatting to Michelle and Aaron Callan from Knockbridge who were just getting settled and were definitely there for the night.

I must be stalking these people because I then got a word with Mary O'Connor with her daughter-in-law to be Gillian Callan from Marion Park and Ciaran O'Connor from Woodview Park again and they assured me that the Imperial was where they were going to see in the new year.

I then headed up towards the bar where I got talking to Brian Traynor from Kilcurry with Demi Boswell from Armagh Road Patricia Browne from Waterville Crescent and Sonia Magill from O'Hanlon Park who were in rare form and ready to party the night away.

After this I met up with Neal Young and mum Bronagh from Drumcar who told me they had just had a lovely meal and couldn't compliment the place enough.

Seated close by were Gerry and Maria Mulligan from Point Road with Michelle Burke and Noel Donegan both from Garrybawn. They said the meal was amazing and were all on for a major night of fun, but Maria was taking it easy with work beckoning the following day.

Not too long later I headed over for a word with Anne and Padjo O'Hare from Hill Street who were in great form and thoroughly enjoying the night.

After this I met up with Brian and Majella Keating from Mulholland Avenue who were up for a major laugh with Declan Smith and Siobhan McGoldrick from Bay Estate who told me they were just passing through but said the meal was just lovely.

Not too long later I then got a word with Amanda and Dermot Daly from Pearse Park who were in great form and ready to see in the new year in style together.

Two lads who were enjoying the Imperial experience were Rene Abraham and Peter Schmidt both from town centre who were looking forward to seeing in the new year there.

Meanwhile up at the bar I got talking to Megan King from Castlebellingham and Cian Smyth from Dromiskin who were enjoying a drink but just weren't too sure if they were going to stay there or not.

Beside them at the bar I got a word with Raymond Theuer from Germany who is here on holidays and was looking forward to an Irish new year celebration.

Finally before I departed I met up with Caroline Lambe from Mary Street North, Gwen Watters from Newry, Kerri Hynes from Park Drive Rachel Keenan from Meadow Grove who told me it was just the start of a mad night.

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