Miriam marks her 40th in style
We headed for Jim Reilly's Bar in Oriel Active where a very special 40th birthday party was being held for Miriam Carthy from Kilcurry.
There to make sure she had a most memorable night was her husband Kevin, kids Jamie, Scott and Chris, her parents Barney and Susan Doogan from Kilcurry, Majella, Paul and Janice Doogan as well as Kevin's mum Nora Carthy and partner Bino Gray from Farndreg, brother David and Michelle Carthy from Fatima and sister Lorraine Carthy also from Fatima along with a huge collection of relations and friends.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Maria Savage from The Meadows who was with Adela Matysova from Dublin Road, Siobhan McArdle from Dunleer who told me they are all work colleagues of Miriam's in the Rape Crisis Centre and wanted to wish her a very happy birthday.
Making my way to another table where I caught up with sister Lorraine Carthy who was having a laugh with cousins Michelle and Sylvia Sinclair who were up from Dublin specially for the night and were really looking forward to an epic night.
They were joined by Nora and Bino and son David and wife Michelle Carthy from Fatima whom when asked if it was going to be a good night just said 'bring it on!'
Also in their company were uncle and neighbour Robert Stewart from Kilcurry, Teddy Stewart from Kilcurry as well as David Halpin from Haggardstown and cousin Niall McGahon from Kilcurry who were in great form.
Also in their company was Miriam's sister Melissa Doogan from Kilcurry, Amanda Reenan from Dromiskin, Robert Stewart Jnr from Kilcurry and Steve Vernon from Muirhevna, who assured me it was going to be a massive night for sure.
Up near the bar I met up with Dundalk RFC number one scrum half for under 11s James Toal from Kilcurry who told me he is Miriam's neighbour and he was with parents Sharon and Michael and sister Eva who were all ready to party the night away.
After this I caught up with David and Helen Martin from Kingswood who are family friends and wanted to wish Miriam a very happy birthday. Not too far away I got talking to main man from Brubakers, Aidan Burns who was having a laugh with Shane McEntee from Blackrock, Ridleys main man Philip and Patrice Kehoe from Blackrock who have known Kevin and Miriam for years and were delighted to be there on the night.
I then got a word with Eamonn O'Brien who was providing the music and he wanted to wish all the best to Miriam on her big night.
Next I had the pleasure of talking to two cousins, Aoife Stewart from Kingswood and Zoe Murtagh from Kilcurry who tried to convince me that it was going to be a quiet night!
I made my way towards a table where I met up with Noel and Margaret Rooney from Knockbridge and Patrick and Rosetta Leegan from Killanny who were in form to make a night of it with Miriam and Kevin.
Making my way over to another table I got a word with aunts Marie Stewart from Cherryvale and Alice Stewart from Grange Drive who were enjoying the company of Miriam's brothers and wife Gerry and Geraldine Doogan from Lennon Melia Terrace, Paul and Janice Doogan and parents Barney and Susan Doogan, all from Kilcurry, who wanted to wish her a very happy 40th.
Not too long later I got talking to Sheamie White and his fiancé Gillian Stewart from Bay Estate who assured me it was going to be a late one and they were really looking forward to it.
After this I headed over for a chat with Philip Fearon from Castletown Cross who was there with Miriam's cousin Siobhan Corbett from Meetinghouse Lane who told me it was going to be a fantastic party.
Over at an adjacent table I got talking to uncle Martin and Deirdre Stewart from Kingswood who were on for a great night with Gillian Stewart, Sheamie White and Nicola McArdle from Kilcurry, Kate Rogers from Whitehouse Cross, Heather and Jamie McManus from Kilcurry, Michael Lee from Oakland Park, Aaron Treanor from Bay Estate, Eve Toal from Kilcurry and Miriam's kids Jamie, Scott and Chris who were all waiting for the real craic to get going.
Finally, before I departed I met up with Orla Callan from Faughart who was there with her sister Ciara Callan who had come over from London specially for the party of her best friend for the last 28 years.