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Suzanne Mulligan and Barry Mackin, Lower Point Road, at Paddy Mackin’s 50th birthday party in Oriel Park.

Suzanne Mulligan and Barry Mackin, Lower Point Road, at Paddy Mackin’s 50th birthday party in Oriel Park.

Phyllis Kelly, Kingswood, and Christine Mulligan, Point Road, at Paddy Mackin’s 50th party in Oriel Park.

Phyllis Kelly, Kingswood, and Christine Mulligan, Point Road, at Paddy Mackin’s 50th party in Oriel Park.

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Suzanne Mulligan and Barry Mackin, Lower Point Road, at Paddy Mackin’s 50th birthday party in Oriel Park.

On Saturday night we headed for the Lilywhite Lounge in Oriel Park where a special surprise 50th birthday party was being held for Paddy Mackin from Greenacres and there to make sure he had a really great night was his wife Julia, son Barry and sisters Ann Conlon and Margaret Condon and a huge collection of family and friends.

I wasn't too long in the door when I met up with Pauline and David McCourt from Greenacres who wanted a big shout out for Pauline's brother, Gerard Gorman his wife Ann and kids in Boston and she wanted to tell them she loves them and misses them too.

Not too far away I then got talking to Kevin and Tess McShane from Carlingford and they wanted to wish Paddy all the best on his big night.

Also in their company were James and Frances McCourt from Rampart Road who are Paddy's mum and dad-in-law and they were having a laugh with Sandra McCourt from Mount Avenue and Liz McCourt from Manydown Close who assured me it was going to be a really great night.

Not too long later I caught up with Brian McCourt from Headford who was there with Jason and Glen and Paul McCourt from Redbarns Road who were all set to make it a real night to remember.

Heading for another table I then got talking to Phyllis Woods from Belfry Grove who was sitting with Maria Waring from Bachelors Walk, Terry Mackin also from Bachelors Walk and Patsy and Ann Conlon from Sliabh Foy Park who told me the night was worth it especially for the look on Paddy's face when he walked in the door.

Next I caught up with Gerry Mulligan from Point Road who was having a laugh with Gary Mulligan from Kingswood and they told me that the craic was good.

After this I got talking to Philomena Kelly and Christine Mulligan from Point Road who were certainly enjoying the party atmosphere when I caught up with them.

Meanwhile, I then got talking to Donna Travers and Paul Murphy both from Blackrock who were in form to have a time of it and Paul was talking to Keith Cunningham from Ath Leathan and Shane Garvey from Greenacres who wanted to wish Paddy all the best and said they were definitely going to enjoy the celebrations and no mistake.

Not too far away I then got talking to Joe Conlon from Doolargy Avenue who was standing having a laugh with Paul and Pauline Franklyn from Bay Estate who wanted to wish all the best to Paddy and they said they were with Maurice Matthews and Matt Murphy who were outside, pulling from a couple of butts, I supposed.

Not too long later I then got talking to Valerie and Eddie Lawless from Ladywell Square who were there with Peter Martin from Williamsons Place and they all wanted to say a big hello to the McCourts in Boston and to say they were thinking about them.

Heading for an adjacent table I then had the pleasure of talking to Nadine Kieran from Laurel Grove, Annmarie George from Racecourse Road, Laura Webb from Medebawn, Denise Sharkey from Haggardstown and Michelle Cotter from McSwiney Street who told me they were going to have a totally mad one.

Not too long later I then met up with John and Geraldine Conachy from Greenacres who were there to make the best of Paddy's big bash.

Beside them was my old mate Des Carroll from McSwiney Street who was there with his delightful and extremely friendly wife Linda who both wanted to wish Paddy all the best on his surprise night.

Next I ventured over to another table where I caught up with Brian and Carol Clarke from Ashbrook who were up for a bit of dancing and plenty of craic.

Meanwhile, over at the other side of the hall I caught up with Phil McArdle from Greenacres who was there with husband Peter who was away off talking again!

After this I got talking to Bridie Laverty from Greenacres who was with Neville Cuthbert also from Greenacres and they were having a good laugh with Ann Skeehan from Greenacres and Ann Dullaghan from Castlebellingham who told me they are all friends of Paddy.

Not too far away I caught up with Leo and Kathleen Johnston from Ashbrook who wanted to wish their friend Paddy all the best on his big night.

Finally, before we departed I caught up with Tommy and Phil McKevitt from Belfry Drive who told me they wanted a big shout out for Mickey who couldn't make it on the night but they were having a time of it with Ann and Arthur Burns from Greenacres.


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