Special celebration as Mary turns 21
On SATURDAY night we headed for the Lisdoo where a very special 21st birthday party was taking place for Mary Hoey from Shelagh.
There to make sure she had a fantastic night were her parents James and Philomena, brother Derek, grandmother Bridie McNamee from Drumbilla, boyfriend Danny Watters from Kilkerley, Derek's fiancé Niamh Nic Aodha from Knockbridge and a huge collection of family and friends.
I wasn't long in the door when I met up with uncle Paul McNamee from Kilcurry who was standing having a laugh with Mary's brother Derek from Knockbridge and assured me it was going to be a fantastic night.
Making my way to another table I then got talking to Teresa and Oliver Duncan from Shelagh who wanted to wish their neighbour a very happy birthday and they were with the man of mystery Stephen O'Hanlon from Kilkerley who wasn't sure whether he was there or but wanted to wish Mary a very happy birthday.
I then headed over for a quick chat with granny Bridie McNamee from Drumbilla who was with uncle Pat McNamee and aunt Linda O'Hale from Inniskeen who was with her daughter Lauren and they were all up for making the very best of the occasion.
Seated close by, I got a word with Rosaleen O'Hanlon from Rathmore who told me she was with husband Stephen and assured me it was going to be a lovely night for a lovely girl.
Next I caught up with Karen and John Larkin from Mullabawn who told me that she had worked with Mary in Vodafone and were delighted to be there to enjoy the festivities.
Up near the bar I got a word with Dessie and Marcella Harrison from Moorland who are family friends and were looking to a lively celebration.
Making my way over to another table I got talking to the delightful Bernie McGeary from Dublin Road who was there on the night with Christopher and Grace as well as Liam Campbell, Sean and Kayla McGeary, all from Dublin Road, who wanted to wish Mary a very happy 21st.
She was sitting with Mary's godparents Catriona and Malachy Duffy from Ravensdale who were with daughter Christina, partner Matthew Myles and their daughter Cara along with the rest of kids Louise, Edward, Andrew and Justine Duffy, all from Ravensdale, who told me they were all out for a mad night and were going to party the night away.
They were also sitting with Rose and Joseph McSwiney Street who told me it was going to be an out and out disaster! And laughing at this remark were aunt Colette and Niall Byrne from Lis Na Dara who were with kids Oisin, Catelyn and Caoimhe.
Making my way over to another table I then got talking to aunt Ann Duffy from Loughanmore who was with husband John and she told me it was going to be a helluva night for sure.
Next I managed a few words with aunt Fiona and Paudie O'Reilly from Killanny who were with daughters Amie, Eva, Ciara and Lauren O'Reilly who couldn't wait for the crack to get going and wanted to wish Mary a very a happy 21st.
Finally before we departed I met up with uncle Thomas and Ann Hoey from Dublin who were just in and ready to make the best of the birthday celebrations.