Sunday 17 December 2017

'Ian Beale' and crew give Donna a very special 30th

Adam Woodyatt who plays Ian Beale.
Adam Woodyatt who plays Ian Beale.

Alison Comyn

IT WAS Eastside meets Glenside, when Drogheda woman Donna Crilly recently had a very special 30th birthday party!

Not only was she joined by her family and friends from as far away as Cork, Wexford and Monaghan, but there were one or two very famous faces from Albert Square too.

For Donna is a huge Eastenders fan, so as a birthday surprise, her sister Carrie (Farrell) arranged for four video messages from her favourite soap characters!

'Everyone was so surprised and it really made her night,' said Carrie, who started arranging the surprise about a year ago, with help from a cousin Michelle in London.

'We lost our Dad Jackie earlier this year, so we wanted to make this a really happy occasion, and we know he would have been first on the dancefloor that night!'

Video messages were sent in from Max Branning (Jake Wood), Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), Masood Ahmed (Nitin Ganatra) and Alfie Moon (Shane Ritchie), who sang happy birthday to Donna.

'They also sent her beautiful gifts like an Albert Square street sign and signed photos which were presented to her on the night,' says Carrie, who is married to Derek, and has four children Jamie, Chelsea, Conor and Georgia, who all enjoyed the party.

'It was better than a wedding – a truly fantastic night, for a truly fantastic girl.'

About 150 attended the Rathmullen girl's party in the Glenside Hotel, with friends from DPE in Drumcar and Wexford and Monaghan, and all her family from Louth , Meath, Monaghan and Cork.

Her mum was unable to attend due to ill health but sent all her love, and Fr Derek and many staff from Drumcar also came to share the night.

'Our Dad was Donna's best friend in the whole world, so when my cousin sent Shane Richie a letter telling them about her losing him, and we wanted her night to be special, they all worked hard to make it a great party,' adds her proud sister.

'We want to thank all the staff in the Glenside, and all the guests for all her lovely gifts, vouchers, clothes and more. She was thrilled!'

Drogheda Independent

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