Page 60 - Support Magazine Winter 2017
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                                                              BY VALERIE BRADY


        Season’s greetings to all from
        the Louth/Meath branch. As
        another busy year for the
        branch draws to a close, we
        would like to thank all our
        volunteers and fundraisers who
        gave so freely of their time
        throughout the year.

        THANK YOU
           There are a number of people
        we need to thank for their
        continued support. Like all   MASS OF REMEMBRANCE AND                  Many thanks to the Ardee Folk Group,
        branches, without its members  30TH ANNIVERSARY SOCIAL NIGHT         who for many years now have been part
        and volunteers, continuing as a  30 years! That’s how long the       of our Mass and provided the wonderful
        branch would not be possible.  Louth/Meath branch is in existence. It all  singing and music on the night.
        Our members and volunteers    began in October 1987, when a small      As the hotel served a hearty buffet
        have been busy over the past  number of patients and their families  meal to everyone, Branch Chairman
        year and we would like to     came together to support each other. The  Valerie Brady took time to recognise three
        acknowledge their             founding members Tom Geary and Irene   very special members of the branch.
        contribution:-                Kelly could not have foreseen, that their  Founding members of the branch Tom
        Macra Na Feirme Longwood;     vision of forming the Louth/Meath      Geary and Irene Kelly were honoured with
        Premier Periglaze; the        Branch, would expand and today boast   a plaque in gratitude of their years of
        Mulholland family; Dee Vintage  almost 300 members, 30 years later.   service to the branch.
        Classic Club; Jackie & Maura    To mark this momentous occasion the    Tom gave his personal insight into the
        Callan and their family/friends;  Branch hosted a social evening on  formation of the branch and spoke of his
        Andiamo Scooter Club; John    November 18th in the Ardboyne Hotel in  own personal story. As many will agree
        Laverty; Scoil Rince Mona na  Navan. The evening began with the      Tom has been a rock to so many members
        Rochaigh; the Darcy family and  Annual Mass of Remembrance and       of the branch down through the years.
        Brenda Wesley; Croagh Patrick  Thanksgiving celebrated by Fr. Robert   Christopher McLoughlin is celebrating
        Climbing Group, Kells; our    McGivney. His personal connection with  45 years of the ‘gift of life’ having
        volunteers for Organ Donor    organ donation and work with the       received his life-saving transplant on
        Awareness Week; and members   Hospice in Mullingar assisted Fr. Robert in  December 8th, 1972.
        and volunteers in the Women’s  delivering a very insightful homily on the  He is an inspiration to all renal
        Mini Marathon.                night.                                 patients.

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