Table quiz fundraiser for Kennedy Cup squad
Dundalk After Dark
Apart from Tallaght, there was really only one place to be on Friday night and that was Kennedys Bar where the fundraising table quiz for the Dundalk Schoolboy League's u14 team who are heading to Limerick on Sunday to complete in the Kennedy Cup which will see 32 teams from all over the country taking part.
With a panel of 20 and 4 coaches, the quiz was being held to offset the expense of going down and representing Dundalk.
The pub was packed to capacity by the time we arrived with everyone one glued to the many televisions watching Kenny's Heroes give another stand out performance, taking even bigger strides to the next title.
I wasn't too long in the door when I caught up with Peter and Julie Coleman from Manydown Close whose son Oisin is in the squad and they were looking forward to a good night. Julie was up for making the best of the night with her friends Mags and Brendan Mooney from Castleblaney whose son Stephen also plays, Paula Watters from Headford supporting son Jack and the parents wanted to wish the stars of the future all the best this weekend. Paula also told me that she was full of knowledge for the quiz, must have been the salmon she had earlier I thought.
Seated along the bar I then caught up with Colm Roche from Lower Avenue Road, James Clarke from the Quay and Ciaran Lawless from Greenwood Drive who were there to take part and to support their mate Paul Martin, whom, they told me, along with John Sharkey, are the managers of the team.
After this I headed over for a word with Frances Watters and Nadjib Heddane both from Mounthamilton who were there to support Frances' nephew Jack, but weren't that interested in talking to me, Dundalk were 5-2 up with a few minutes to go and basically, I was ruining the game for them.
Not too long later I caught up with Tommy Healy from Blackrock who was out with the Bush Staff 'having a happy occasion in Lockies' and insisted I talk to a group for Nova Scotia. I headed for the table and caught up with Dr. Roisin Mulligan from Omeath, Eddie Grimes from Lagos but now hanging his hat in Carlingford, Gabrielle and Ciaran Hanlon from Cooley who told me their son Gerard was playing on the team and would be representing the peninsula. Eddie told me that once they had Dr. Roisin on the team they were definitely going to do well.
At an adjacent table I then got talking to Mark Daly from Racecourse Road who was leaving Norbrook Laboratories after three years and was on his way to Allergan in Dublin and there to give him a send off he truly deserved were Gavin Dullaghan and Catherine Finn both from Marlmount, Daniel Carr from Knockbridge, Rosie Callan from Lower Point Road, and Aidan Donnelly from Monaghan who had slipped into a parallel universe telling me that when Monaghan United were in the League of Ireland they always beat Dundalk, oh how we laughed at that one!
I then headed for a table where I met up with Patrick Flanagan and Pat Hughes both from Blackrock, Pete Treanor from The Nicolas Quarter and JL from the Rock who assured me he wasn't there. Tight tops and a frenzied look denoted that the dorsal fins were strapped to the backs there lads.
I then tried to claim a penalty against Claire Ward form Ard Easmuinn who was there with Rosemary and Jackie Winkless from St. Malachys Villas who were there to enjoy the ambience of the evening.
Next I caught up with the Bennetts Bar team from Bridge Street and they included team manager David Beggs from Lisdoo, Kieran Campbell and Brendan Sherry both from Bridge Street, Sean McCabe from Mountain Court, Niall Brid from Roche and Peter McArdle from Lisdoo who told me that Aidan McCabe was also part of the team and he will be hailing from Medebawn sooner rather than later.
At another table I then caught up with Nicky, David and Alan Halpenny all from Stabannon who were with Ben Corcoran from Kingscourt and they were all set to go up against Ruth Corcoran from Ardee, Nicola and Megan Halpenny from Stabannon who were all there to support Ryan Halpenny who is on the team and were looking forward to making sure the lads really realised who had the best general knowledge on the night.
Finally I headed over for a chat with Susan Crawley from Point Road who was with Michelle Duffy from Little Mills and her mum Renee Duffy also from Littlemills whom I didn't recognise, now if you had to have said McGuinness, I might have been in with a better chance.