Fundraising night for Association of Lourdes Volunteers
Dundalk After Dark
On Friday night I headed for the Lisdoo where a charity fundraising night was taking place for Irish Association of Lourdes Volunteers. The association are in their 2nd year now and raise money to defray costs when 140 people make their way for their pilgrimage to Lourdes on June 10th this year.
It was expected to be an action packed evening with a host of local artists including Long Riders, The Urge, Us, The Time-Keepers, Swagg and PK Sounds taking part.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with director Siobhan Rothwell from Darver who had just arrived back from Saudi Arabia where she works as a nurse. She told me their fundraising is extremely active at the moment with the Knockbridge Vintage club hosting an auction for them last weekend. They will be manning a pop-up shop in the Long Walk Shopping Centre all the way until Saturday night. They will also be hosting an Abba night in Toales on April 6th in readiness for the trip in June. Siobhan was joined by another nurse and Treasurer to the group Beverly Carolan from Knockbridge who told me it was going to be a huge night and was really looking forward to it.
After this I headed over for a word with Chris and Maeve Rothwell from Mandsfieldstown who told me they have been away with the group many times and were delighted to be there to support the fundraiser.
They were joined by Seamus and Concepta Coughlan from Tipperary and Christine Rosney from Cellbridge who said that all the girls are workers on the trip and were delighted to be there.
Not too long later I then got talking to twins Fiona and Roisin McLaughlin from Bellurgan who were with Ciara Higgins from Coxes Demesne and were having a laugh with Geraldine Murtagh from Dromiskin who were all looking forward to the Long Riders and the rest of the bands in action, for such a good cause.
I then got talking to Brendan Boland from Harlow, originally from Marian Park and Greenacres with wife Martha, son Niall and daughter-in-law Sara Boland also from Harlow who were there to support Brendan's sister Eilish Giff who is on the organising committee. Brendan was looking forward to getting up for a few songs later but told me he was looking forward to seeing Ollie and Trish McShane from Newry, but was told they couldn't make it on the night.
Two ladies who were busy getting the Raffle ready were Stephanie Rosney and Arlene Minnock both from Birr who will be working as a carer and a nurse when the time comes for the trip and were delighted to helping out with the fundraiser.
Heading for another table I then had the pleasure of meeting up with four ladies who were in great form and they were Theresa McGorrian from Blackrock, Brenda Rafferty from Mill Street, Aine Cullen from Dublin Road and Aideen Lynn from Carrick Road who were there to support a good cause and also to have an insane night out together.
Not too long later I met up with Philip and Anne Woods from St. Clements Park who were looking forward to an entertaining night along with Christine McCourt from Avenue Road and Brigid Murphy from Blackrock who was looking forward to a few lively drinks too.
Making my way over to another table I met up with Geraldine Quinn from Cluan Enda, Noeleen Henry from Pearse Park in Drogheda, Dolores McKenna from Clogherhead, Catherine Kavanagh from Farndreg and Sheila Moore from Bay Estate who are all committee members, go every year as helpers and just love the fundraising nights.
I then headed over for a word with Sean and Julia Boland from Fatima Court who told me they were there to see nephew Brendan Boland in action and to make the best of the fundraiser.
As the crowds got bigger and bigger, I did manage a quick chat with John and Winnie Tinnelly from Corderry who were delighted to be there on the night and were having a laugh with one of the organisers Eilish Gibb who assured me the night was going to be a cracker.
Finally, before I departed, I met up with Kay O'Connor from Woodview Park and Kitty Dixon from St. Nicholas Avenue who were there to have a lovely night and were going to be shouting it loud for their neighbour Paddy Mac too.