Fundraiser hits the right notes
ON Friday night we headed for the Celebration Gig, a fundraiser in aid of the Irish Cancer Society organised by Denise and Bobby Robertson from McSwiney Street which was taking place in the Lisdoo.
The event had an all-star line-up featuring Liam Reilly, Kevin McCourt, The Harbour Band, Long Riders and McCollum Brothers all in action.
I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Anthony and Catherine McGuinness from Heynestown who told me they were looking forward to some great music.
At an adjacent table I got a word with Jo Muckian from Oliver Plunkett Park and Mary and Eamonn Buchanan from Cluan Enda who were delighted to be there to support such a worthy cause.
Another person lending their support was Jimmy Johnston from Meadow View and he wanted to wish Denise and Bobby all the best on their night.
After this I headed over for a chat with Benny and Mary Traynor from Mountain View who were with Eugene and Perpetua Brennan from Manydown Close. The couples were having a great time together and were delighted to be there to support the night.
I then met up with George Berry and Betty Thompson Berry from Newry who were in the company of Millie McPhillips from Glaslough who told me they are friends of Denise and Bobby and wanted to support their cause.
I then got talking to some of the 'McEneaney Girls' originally from Carrick Road – Rosemary and Fra Meegan home from Surrey, Eilish Clarke from Greenwood Drive and her daughter Deirdre Campbell from Lennonstown Manor and Marese Blundell from Dunmor. They all wanted to wish their sister Leontia Toal all the best the following night when she was taking part in the National Lottery's Winning Streak. They were all going up to support her, except Marese who was organising an 18th birthday party for her daughter Eleanor and wanted to wish her a very 'happy birthday'.
After this I met up with Brian and Eileen Lever from Dowdallshill who told me they were there with Heli Conlan, also from Dowdallshill, who were there to support the cause and to cheer on Heli's husband John who was playing.
Another couple, Seamus and Kathleen Reenan from Meadow Grove, told me they were really enjoying the music.
I then caught up with Heli and she was enjoying the craic with Melinda Sharp and Peadar Grant both from Littlemills who were there to support John and, more importantly, the cause.
Next I headed towards the bar where I got a word with father and daughter, Noel Gormley from Willow Grove and Colette Dolan from Sandy Grove, who were delighted to be there and wanted to wish Denise and Bobby all the best with their fund raising night.
Over at another table I got talking to Man Utd fanatic Frank King from Blackrock Road who was with musician John McGing from Blackrock who told me they are friends of Bobby and Denise's and were delighted to be there to enjoy the show.
Making my way over to another group I met up with Ann Rogers from Willow Grove and Ann Brady from Willowdale who were with Helen Culleton from Kilkerley, Gerry Gaughran from Ard Easmuinn who was enjoying the craic with ex-workmates Ann Thompson from Phillip Street, Briege McMahon from Medebawn, Margaret Burns from Old Golflinks Road who were having a totally mad night together.
I then caught up with my old mate Mags Tuite from Ashbrook who was with her friends Jane, Deirdre and Mary O'Donohoe and Patricia Duffy who were having a wild night together.
Not too far away, I met up with Gwen Carr from Knockbridge, Lorraine Colgan from Louth Village, Fidelma Clarke from Ardee and Paula Leonard from Knockbridge who were up for major night of fun while helping a worthy cause. Finally, before I left I got talking to Paddy McGee from Fatima who was busy doing the door and was delighted to be helping out Bobby and Denise.