Hard to beat bacon and cabbage

    Deinhild Fitzsimons Alice Minogue and Michael Fitzsimons

    By Jimmy Rhatigan

    Pics: Donal Foley

    THOMASTOWN seniors, perhaps the most active pensioners in our city and county, had a party to cherish on St Patrick’s Day.

    The seniors group, founded 40 years ago this October 12, came together for a traditional Lá Fheile Padraig bacon and cabbage lunch.

    The bagún agus cabáiste went down a treat and for those who didn’t fancy said dish, there were the options of roast stuffed breast of chicken and oven baked fillet of salmon.

    When the brave seniors go out on the town they do it in style, leaving the catering to Bernie Cassells wonderful Bia Blasta catering team.

    The get-together for 110 was in Seamus Quigley’s superbly run Thomastown Community Centre and the main course was followed by apple crumble and sherry trifle, washed down with glasses of vino.

    The young at heart still had lots of energy for afternoon dancing to local musicians.

    The St Patrick’s Day gathering is one of many events organised by the proactive group who fund their activities through their charity shop which is open at the community centre every Thursday and Friday for a few hours.

    The shop sells bric-a-brac and clothing, all kinds of everything, according to vice-chair and events manager, Rosaleen Garry.

    The young at heart go on a week’s holidays together every year. Destination in the first week in June is Brian McEniff’s Great Northern Hotel in the Donegal holiday resort of Bundoran.

    Other celebrations include day trips and Christmas dinner.

    Speakers at the lunch were group chair Vinny Minogue and Rosaleen Garry who thanked members for their great support.

    Among those celebrating were octogenarians Carmel Kavanagh and Alice Minogue, both of whom enjoyed every minute of a great social occasion.