Se­niors show us how to party the night away

Bray People - - News -

‘THEY COULD teach the young peo­ple a thing or two about how to en­joy them­selves,’ said Anita Car­roll, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the Se­nior Cit­i­zens’ Christ­mas party held last Satur­day at St. Thomas’

As well as over 200 guests, many of whom were well in to their 70s, 80s and 90s and jiv­ing and twist­ing the day away, the event was at­tended by some mem­bers of An Garda Siochána.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Tom Con­way got up to sing a song and en­ter­tain the din­ers with his fine voice. Some of the guests also got up to sing as did Fr. Fin­barr and Fr. Em­manuel from the Queen of Peace parish. Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Lerni­han re­port­edly could not be per­suaded to take the mi­cro­phone, but did get around to ev­ery ta­ble for a chat with the de­lighted guests.

There was quite a bit of com­pe­ti­tion amongst the ladies as to who would get the next dance with the stu­dent gar­daí, while Santa made an ap­pear­ance and had his pic­ture taken with a num- ber of the guests.

There were also vol­un­teers there from St. Fer­gal’s Re­source Cen­tre, Lit­tle Bray Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, and the Or­der of Malta.

A num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses sup­ported the an­nual din­ner, which was sup­posed to be a one-off event nine years ago and was so pop­u­lar that they de­cided to keep it go­ing. They do­nated ei­ther money, raf­fle prizes or their time on the day.

The meal was cooked by the staff of the kitchen in St. Thomas’, with chef Gavin Cassidy in charge of pro­ceed­ings, while mu­sic was pro­vided by Just Dandy, and Nicole Brown Rob­bie Green.

Nicole and Rob­bie were sup­posed to per­form for just one hour and stayed for over two, with Nicole say­ing it was one of the most en­joy­able gigs they had ever done.

Every­one had a fan­tas­tic time and they are all looking for­ward to next year and the tenth an­niver­sary party, which is ex­pected to be ex­tra spe­cial.

May Byrne, Nan O’Brien and May Har­gan at the Christ­mas party.

Thomas Mur­phy belts out a tune.

Lily Kir­wan, Leti­tia Kir­wan, Marie Walker and Alice O’Neill en­joy­ing the fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions.

Denise Fox, Com­man­dant Cyril Far­rell and Shan­non Fox at the Christ­mas party for the se­nior cit­i­zens.

Michael and May O’Brien hav­ing fun on the night.

Gerry Moloney with Ber­nadette Lyons.

Joan Tier­ney with Beth Mo­ran and Mary Doyle.

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