'Bon voyage' to birthday girl Leah
On Saturday night we headed for Jimmy Reilly's Bar in Oriel Active where a special 21st birthday party was being held for Leah Grace from St. Marys Road.
There to make sure she had a fantastic night were her parents Letitia and Noel, brother Michael and sister Nicole and a huge collection of family and friends. Leah is just about to take a year out from her French studies in UCD and is heading off to Paris to work for a year and the party was a doubling as a going away and 21st celebration.
I then decided to see who was there enjoying the party and met up with three of Leah's friends from UCD – Arianne Hutch, John Fleming and Adam Abuzenen, all from Dublin, who were delighted to be there and were going to have a totally mad night for sure.
Not too far away I then got talking to uncle Robert Reddan from Queensboro in Baltray who was with his wife Michelle along with twins and Leah's cousins, Vanessa and Lauren Reddan, also from Baltray, their brother Andrew Reddan as well as Andrea and Cathal Grace from Dunleer and Cathal wanted to wish his niece Leah all the best on her big night and for her year in Paris.
Also in their company was Leah's granny Maureen Grace from Collon who was enjoying the company of Richard, Sharon, Sarah and Grace Caine from Termonfeckin and aunty Sharon told me the craic was only just getting going and they were all expecting a really brilliant night.
Over at another table, then caught up with Leah's cousins Leanne Vasile and Danielle Forde, both from Belfast, who were there with Malachy Fulton and Leah's great granny Rita Smyth who had travelled all the way from Belfast specially to be there and the entire family were delighted to see her there enjoying the night with Leah and the rest of her family.
Also in their company were great aunt Anne Smyth from Belfast, Will, Lisa and Serena Smyth from Belfast as well as Teresa and Tommy Kelly all from Belfast who all wanted to wish the birthday girl all the best on her big night.
Over at an adjacent table, I caught up with John-David Fulton from Belfast who was chatting to Leah's brother Michael Grace from Ravensdale who was with his main squeeze Shauna McCollum, also from Ravensdale, who were up for making a major night of it.
They were also seated with granny Eadie Fulton from Belfast as well as Catherine and Michael Allison from Omeath, who told me that Catherine is a solicitor here in Dundalk and Leah's mum Letitia works in the office and they were delighted to be there on the night.
Finally, before I departed I got talking to Leah's sister Nicole Grace from St. Marys Road who was having a laugh with her cousins Vanessa and Lauren as well as her mates Laura Duffy from Manydown Close, Shannon Greene from Tudor Grove and Laurie Winters from Avenue Road who were looking forward to a good night out together.