Tuesday 16 July 2019

Dundalk Gaels GFC hold fundraising night

Finale to club's 10k Cooley Walk that day

Gerry Copas, Niall Morgan and Brian McDonnell
Gerry Copas, Niall Morgan and Brian McDonnell
Madonna, Sadhbh and Niall Lambert

Dundalk After Dark

On Saturday night I headed for Kennedys bar where the Dundalk Gaels were hosting a night as a finale to their 10k Cooley Walk which took place during the day. The walk was a fundraiser for the club and over 120 people had taken part.

I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Walter Lambert from Muirhevna, Tony McBride from Mount Avenue and Ciaran Boyle from Manydown Close who had concluded the walk and told me they had had a lovely day between the showers.

Next I got talking to Oisin Murray and Oisin Finn both from Willow Grove and John Burlingham from Mount Avenue who hadn't taken part in the walk but were there for the moral support on the night. I always wondered, does 'moral support' and 'out on the lash' have a similar meaning?

Meanwhile up near the bar I met Gerry Copas from Muirhevna, Niall Morgan from Blackrock and Brian McDonnell from Ravensdale who told me they had no adverse effects after the walk because they are pure athletes!

Making my way over to one of the tables I then got a word with Michael Lambert from Dunbin who was with Gerry Oakes from Mount Avenue whom, I was reliably informed, was the man who led the walk. The lads told me they were delighted that god had smiled down on them with the weather.

Also at the table were Madonna Lambert from Dunbin, Jack Mulligan from Dromiskin, Majella Lambert from Willow Grove and Teresa Oakes from Mount Avenue. They told me that John and Teresa had trekked over the mountain while Madonna and Majella had trekked to the hair salon in preparation for the night.

Heading over to another group I then got talking to Gavin Smyth from Headford who was enjoying a laugh with Gavin and Lisa Moran from Belfry Avenue and Elaine and Patrick Hearty from Park Avenue who told me they had enjoyed the 6 miles, but it didn't half give them a bit of an appetite!

Just arrived in the door were Tony and Sheila O'Connell from St. Malachys Vilas who said that Tony had successfully traversed the course and Sheila was there to support the club and make the best of the night. They were chatting to Paddy Brady from Ballybarrack and Thomas Soraghan from Dungooley who were there to support the club and had been up on the mountain "in spirit".

Another lady who had had an excellent day on the mountain was Laura Connolly from Mount Avenue who had completed the course with her dad Noel and they were there on the night with her mum Una who were all up for making the best of the night.

I then caught up with Niall Lambert from Willow Grove who told me he had successfully completed the walk with his godchild Sadhbh Lambert from Dunbin and said the setting and the weather were just perfect for the fundraiser.

Finally, before I departed, I met Niall Lavery from Dublin Road who told me he had done the walk with wife Valerie and kids Sadhbh and Dónal, but they were at home now and he was looking forward to a great night all the other club members

The Argus