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Mark Cagney (left), MC for the evening with Richard Macken, Carrick Road at the Cross Cause charity fundraising dance in The Fairways Hotel.

Mark Cagney (left), MC for the evening with Richard Macken, Carrick Road at the Cross Cause charity fundraising dance in The Fairways Hotel.

Mark Cagney (left), MC for the evening with Richard Macken, Carrick Road at the Cross Cause charity fundraising dance in The Fairways Hotel.

WE headed for the Fairways Hotel where the Cross Cause charity fundraiser was taking place.

The event was a major fundraiser for Conor Hughes' work to develop projects to relieve poverty in both Romania and West Africa.

The event was an action packed evening and along with a lovely mean there was a huge auction of a wide range of prizes including African art, signed snooker cues, champions league signed balls, rounds of golf and tickets for U2 and Neil Diamond to name but a few.

On arrival in the car park off the hotel, Conor had organised a very impressive sight in a fully working fairground organ which was pumping out music to welcome everyone to the night.

The organ was built in Holland in the 1990s and provided a fantastic sound as everyone got out to their cars and headed for the event.

I was only in the door when I noticed a rather strange thing, there were more photographers there than guests!

I caught sight of Val Wynne, Martin Yore, Jimmy Maguire, Ailish Sands, Laura Morton and Sarah Clarke.

Yes, Photo Express had blitzed the place with snappers that were getting ready to immortalise the occasions taking couples at their tables, they were then going to have them processed and have them back for sale before the evening was over.

I then headed over for a chat with John Fox from Headford who was there with Eileen O'Donnell from Blackrock who told me they were really looking forward to the night and for such a good cause too .

Next I caught up with Paddy and Carol Goodwin from Drogheda who told me they had been at last year's fundraiser and they certainly weren't going to miss this one for anything.

Not too long later I caught up with Orla McMahon and Gene Murtagh both from Ardee Road who were looking well and were getting ready for a major night of activities with all their friends.

After this I got talking to a group who included Fergal and Diane Cassidy from Blackrock, Graham and Joan Purcell from Blackrock and Pauline Wilson from Lennonstown Manor who were in great from, all looking well and ready to party.

Next I had the pleasure of talking to John and Linda Murphy from 'The Hotel' in Faughart Terrace and they were with John and Breda Laverty from Mill Street who assured me it was going to be an epic night and John said he really couldn't see him making it to JJB in the morning to be honest!

After this I got a word with Carol Dakin and Sarah Fletcher both from Cumbria who told me this was their first Cross Cause event and they were with Rachel Fletcher from Blackrock who works with Conor in Cross Cause and they were delighted to be able to support such a worthy charity.

Next I caught up with Brian Donnelly from Dundalk FC who was there with Sonia Hoey from Dundalk Ladies who were both looking well and ready to make the best of the evening.

After this I caught up with Breda and John Tiernan from Tiffcrum who told me they were on for supporting the cause and to make a real night of it.

Not too long later I then got talking to Sarah McMahon from Dublin who told me she been over working for Cross Cause in Romania for a year and was still keeping involved with the fundraising.

I then headed over for a chat with Tony Markey from Hill Street and Niamh Goss from Ravensdale Park who told me this was their first time and they were really looking forward to it.

A lady who was a bit on the busy start on the night was Emer Smith from Bettystown who is the assistant to MEP Mairead McGuinness who was there as a guest speaker and Mairead was chewing the fat with Mark Cagney from TV3 when I caught sight of them.

Next I got talking to Tom King from Summerhill who told me he was there with his son David who is also involved in Cross Cause and he has nothing but admiration for all the great work they do throughout the year.

Not too long later I then got talking to Richard and Margaret Gamble from Dunmahon who were up for making the best of the night with John Fox and Eileen O'Donnell.

Next I had the pleasure of meeting up with David McBride and his wife Dr Fiona Henry from Ard Easmuinn who were looking well and were ready to make the best of the night.

Finally I caught up with Ide and Michael McDermott from Ard Easmuinn and Matt Kilboy from Ard Na Mara who were looking forward to a most enjoyable evening.


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