Holy smoke and pun in the sun

    Chef Anne Neary with Fr Willie Purcell

    By Jimmy Rhatigan

    THERE was holy smoke as a collection of chefs, aided and abetted by Kilkenny Gospel Choir leader, Fr Willie Purcell cooked up a storm.

    Anne Neary, Edward Hayden and in-house chefs prepared a delightful barbeque for the hundreds who showed a real taste for celebrating as O’Brien’s Butchers, Loughboy Shopping Centre marked a changing of the guard.

    The mood was magic, relaxing too as James O’Brien followed in the footsteps of his father Gerry, who, with his wife Mary, opened the store 38 years ago.

    It was a case of pleased to meet you and meat to please you as loyal and new customers partied in style.

    If it was Fr Willie who made the call to on high for a blast of good weather, then the verdict has to be that he has a hotline to HQ in the heavens.

    A combination of music and song, barbeque brilliance, ice cream and children’s entertainment ensured that there was something for everyone in the audience.

    The O’Brien family was gracious in thanking loyal customers who had made their shop their local for nigh four decades.

    Make no misteak (sic) about it the party was an occasion to cherish, a gathering that highlighted the rapport between a local butcher boy and his customers

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    Perhaps we took in too much fun.

    Let’s just call our butcher boy paragraph a pun in the sun.