Sé's colleagues surprise him with big party
Never one miss out on the obvious, it was a look of total amazement and disbelief for Executive Manager for Customer Services in Irish Life's Sé Weston from Castlebellingham when he walked into the beer garden in Russells on Friday night to find a surprise 60th birthday party waiting for him from all his staff.
Yes, Sé had been in a pub in Castlebellingham trying to organise a date for his own 60th. party when he was tricked by some of his staff to come into Dundalk for a mid-summer drink and was totally blown away when he arrived in to find everyone waiting for him!
I caught up with the birthday boy who told me that work was in progress to double the workforce of Irish Life in Dundalk from 150 to 300 in the future and he was delighted by this fact, but not as delighted as he was to see all his workforce there ready to party with him.
I then decided to see who was there and the first group I caught up with included Linda Savage from Newry, Stephanie McMahon from Monaghan, Orlagh Ryan from Griffith Place and Clare Coyle fromArdee who wanted to wish Sé all the best on his big night and were there party with the best of them.
Beside them I met up with Bernie Mooney from Inniskeen, Michelle Corrigan from Castleblaney, Pauline Savage from Drogheda and Olivia Mulholland from Knockbridge who were all delighted to be there for Sé and told me the look on his face when he walked in was priceless.
Heading for another table I came across the Moore girls out in force and they included Nicole, Veronica and Annmarie all from Ashbrook who had been on the look out for their brothers Kevin and Brian who were out for a few in Jimmy's at the same time. They also wanted to wish Sé all the best on his big night.
Seated beside them were Lucy Farrell from Littlemills, Linda Robinson from Westmeath and Paul Redmond from Castle Park who wanted to wish Linda all the best on her retirement from the company too.
Everyone said that I had missed a fantastic spread provided by McCreesh's Deli on the Avenue Road who had catered the party.
Not too long later I got talking to Olivia Boland from Doolargy Avenue, Amy McFaul from Ashbrook, Mouse Kinsella from Muirhevnamor and Paudie Murray from Cloonevan who wanted to wish all the best to Sé on his 60th as well as Linda and Aidan on their future endeavours.
Also up for making it a real night to remember were Josie Tuohy from Cooley, Rita Carroll from Inniskeen, Colette Brennan from Castletown who were in fantastic form and were going to party the night away.
Next I met up with Gerard Cotter and Stephen Moloney both from Millstream Apartments who were in party mode and were going to make sure Sé had a fantastic night.
After this I got talking to Annmarie McBride from Termonfeckin who was there on the night with Theresa Curran from Marian Park, Calum Flanagan from Kells, Michael Carter from Dublin and Dualta Mulvenna from Grange Drive who wanted to wish the birthday boy all the best and assured me it was going to be a mad one.
I then headed over for a chat with Georgina O'Callaghan from Carrick Road who told me it was a great night and certainly worth all the effort.
I then headed back into the pub where I met up with Bronagh Duffy from Avenue Road who was with Sinead Carroll from Redbarns Road who told me it was quiet now, but they felt it could very easily end up with a Game of Thrones vibe going on.
Heading for another table I then had the pleasure of talking to Louise Carroll from Ashling Park, Karen Burke from Duleek, Marion Woods from Belfry Avenue, Genna Leyden from Monaghan, Georgina Green from Carrick Road and Bronagh Smith from Priorland Road who were definitely in party mode and were going to make sure Sé had a fantastic night with all his crew.
Finally, before I departed I met up with Ryan Duffy and Neil Flynn from Marian Park who wanted a big shout out for Rod Hughes who couldn't make it to the party and was missing an epic night.