Rich and Val’s 40th, that’s great craic!

Last night was the event. The reason we were all here. I’m not entirely sure what it was that I expected but for some reason it wasn’t this. It was a fantastic time and it seemed to all come together so seamlessly, everyone had a great time and the jokes just kept on coming. The Riverside Hotel was a great setting for our little event and they had no problem accommodating us. The event was much more organized than I had expected, we all met up at the lounge for “a drink” then moved into one of the dining rooms where everything was all set up and waiting for us.

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The food was spectacular and everything was just working, I’m not sure why I felt this was odd but I did. Not because I had any doubt that it could be this way, but because I’m completely positive that I am incapable of pulling off an event with such precision, I was amazed. Everyone took their time to celebrate Rich and Val while at the same time jabbing Rich a bit on any shortcoming he may have, real or imagined.

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Richard gave a very nice speech and lots of people got choked up, I don’t want to butcher it but he basically apologized for taking a jewel out of Ireland. Annette had the best gift of the night, she had commissioned an artist to paint the chapel where they got married, it was incredibly nice.

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The eating and drinking went on for a bit and it was all quite grand.

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Then it was time to celebrate. Mickey had a bottle of whiskey in his wife’s purse, I’d expect no less from him. That kicked the whole thing off and we just let it snowball from there. There was a live band playing traditional Irish music which set the tone for an incredibly entertaining evening.

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We drank and laughed until they refused to pour us any more drinks, which was apparently later than it should have been since some of those in attendance happen to work at this place but the time still came to move along. When all was said and done at the Riverside some of our party was in pretty rough shape but when I asked if they wanted to turn in Keara replied “lets keep this party going.”

So we went on to John’s place where some of the party had splintered off and there was plenty more whiskey to be had.

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This type of a night serves as a reminder of why I love these people and this place. Although many of these people hadn’t seen eachother in quite some time and, of course, not all of the stories that everyone had to tell were positive, the mood did not waver once from beginning to end. Every moment of this night was enjoyable and I have these amazing people to thank for that.

At the end of the night Mickey put us in a cab and we retreated back to Liz’s to sleep off the celebration. Tomorrow we head to Belfast where we’ve been given a list of must see things which we’ll try our darnedest to complete, but for now I’m just thankful that I got to be here with these people celebrating a marriage that should serve as a template for the rest of us.  Congratulations Rich and Val.

Rob

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