Meals on Wheels Annual Christmas Dinner The Meals on Wheels Annual Christmas Dinner was held in Midleton Parish Hall, Youghal Road on Sunday last. This was the 56th Christmas Dinner and once again was a great occasion for those who attended in vast numbers as in previous years.
Starting with suitable beverages served by Transition Year students and volunteers a very appetising dinner was served, which was very much enjoyed and appreciated by everyone, as were the next two courses, dessert, tea and coffee, chocolate, and biscuits.
The meal was prepared by Gordon Callinan and his staff at The Pantry.
John Rose, Manager, welcomed everyone and paid glowing tributes to his volunteers, young helpers and all who worked to ensure the success of the party, including Pat O’ Meara, Mary O’Farrell and Monica Doyle, and so many more. He especially thanked pupils from St. Mary’s C.B.S Community College and Midleton College who helped with the meals throughout the year. He thanked Con Twomey (Musician), Paudie O’Brien (M.C), and Charlie McAllister- the music started, the dancers took to the floor and the party began. Paudie called on the first singer, Fr. Coleman O’ Donovan, who sang Boyld Thady Quill and the following singers obliged- Ted Barry, Gerry O’ Mahony, John Joe Lynch, Mrs. Fleming, David Randles, Pat Hartnett, Mary Shanahan, Geraldine Lamber, Bridget Iball and Noreen Dillon. M.C Paudie O’ Brien sang “My Forever Friend” and Charlie McAllister sang a medley of songs finishing with the all time favourite, “Candy Store on the Corner”. Two student helpers sang- “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, and “Can’t help falling in love with you”.
Greetings were extended to those present celebrating their birthdays- Evelyn Hales, Mary O’ Brien, Betty Parsons, Noreen O’ Flynn, Sheila McCarthy, Teresa Kennedy, Bridget Iball, Mary Shanahan and Maura Desmond celebrating her 55th wedding anniversary.
A raffle was held for sponsored prizes and won by Mary Cashman, Mary Hennessy, Sheila McCarthy, Mary Walsh, Nora O’Reilly, Teresa Reynolds, Mary Fitzgerald, Helen Quinlan, Mary O’ Farrell, Margaret Cashman, Phyllis Duggan, Harriet Condon, and Pat Kenneally.
Dancing continued including “The Slosh” and plenty of fast tunes, M.C Paudie finished by singing “The End of the Day”. It was a memorable devent and heartfelt thanks is extended by all present to John Rose and his dedicated helpers and volunteers.