Red carpet rolled out for 10th birthday

    Paula McCormack and Lorna Doogue at The Blue Light Ball

    Pics: Martin Doheny

    IT WAS the 10th birthday of the Blue Light Ball and it was a record breaker.

    Some 250 supporters, many of whom have been to a majority of the black tie events since the Blue Light baby was born in 2008 enjoyed a fantastic event at Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday.

    From the start, the charity evening was a red carpet affair as the mat of welcome was rolled out for guests who were played to their seats by the band of An Garda Siochána.

    The organising committee that included Gardai, the Ambulance Corps and members of our Fire Services, did a brilliant job and friends, Romans and a good collection of country men, women too,  turned out in force to enjoy a great evening and to raise funds for Nore Dragon Paddlers, Shona Connolly, Urlingford and a local dog rescue service.

    A decade ago, the Blue Light Ball gave a financial boost to the Special Care Baby Unit at St Luke’s General Hospital and since then the event has helped many charities.

    Organising committee members Lisa Mullins was delighted with the birthday celebration.

    She thanked our very generous local business community who, she said, had been so supportive over the years.

    Michelle Phillips, Marta Alonso, Carol Kenny, Miriam O’Shea, Jacinta Brennan, Regina Murphy, Miriam Ryan and Lorraine Devaney

    She said their brilliant support this year meant that up to have of those present won a prize in a bumper raffle.

    Lisa praised all who had helped to make the event a resounding success and paid particular tribute to Simon Design, Hebron Park Industrial Estate who had designed and printed promo posters over the years.

    The music of the magnificent Garda Band ensured an amazing atmosphere. They played for over an hour and a half and once again added greatly to the occasion.

    The Secrets provided music for dancing into the wee hours and Chief Super Dominic Hayes paid tribute to all involved, those who had worked so hard to ensure the continuation of a great community event and those who continued to give their support.

    The organising committee was Lisa Mullins, Stephen Hogan, Mick Kavanagh, Eileen Lanigan, Marie Byrne and Maureen O’Sullivan.