Now that’s how you throw a party!

This was the day I had been waiting for, as much as I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent here in Ireland, this was the the set of events that had most been anticipated. For some reason, which has yet to be made clear to me, everyone split up today. The ladies all went to lunch at a posh hotel, big Noel and Fintan headed to god knows where and John and Mickey scooped me up for a meal and a couple of drinks at Johnnie Fox’s, the highest pub in Ireland according to them. After lunch we went for a drive through the Dublin mountains, I got a shot or two of the scenery and the view overlooking the capital.

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Then we got to Liz’s in Enniscorthy and it was time to get serious. We were here to celebrate Annette’s birthday and celebrate we did. The beginning of the evening went as most family gatherings should, lots of light hearted joking and finger foods. Good times.

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Fast forward a couple of hours and now you’re looking at some seriously good times. I wish I could put into words the feeling that this group inspires, I have no idea how to explain it, although I’ve only known them for a couple of days combined with the last trip and this one, once you put a few collective drinks in the group they have a rare ability of making you feel like you are a not too distant cousin and this is home. By virtue of being here and having a smile on your face you are welcome and privy to all the fun that is swirling all around you. The following are a selection of pictures spanning from about 10pm to somewhere around 6am, in one order or another but most just to show the mood of the evening.

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From left to right: Keara, Little Noel, John, Liz and half of Mickey then Liz, Chris, Annette (the birthday girl) and myself.

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Although this is very much how the last night I spent at Liz and big Noel’s went a couple of years ago, I’m still amazed at how everyone here has the supreme capacity to make you feel at home. I can’t thank everyone enough for making this the grand night that it was, I can’t wait for the next one. Happy b-day Annette!

Slainte!

Robbie

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