I thought you might like to see some photographs from the Christmas party we had at home on 10th December. This has become something of a tradition for us now - family and friends, music, booze and lots of food! Preparations begin weeks in advance, Christmas decorations for the house and table, planning the menu, buying in the drinks - arranging Oscar the cat's overnight accommodation...there is something wonderful about being together at home surrounded by the warmth of the love, affection and goodwill of family and friends. This year had an added element of surprise as, unbeknownst to Roch, plans were afoot for a 50th Birthday surprise!!!
|Sisters Laura (left) and Marianne give little brother a birthday kiss!|
|With brothers Mairt, Paudie and Eoin (Eoin playing waiter on the right). I know, like peas in a pod!!|
|Joined by Paudie's wife Ger and Mairt's wife Sheila (from left).|
|Most of the 'wimmin' of the Maher clan.|
Many thanks go to my sister Maura, without whom this party would not have been the resounding success it was, to my neighbour Michelle, for making a spectacular 50th birthday cake for Roch, to Roch's brother Eoin for his patience and time assisting with preparations on the day, to my brother Dermot, who flew from Budapest for the occasion and to Roch's brother Mairt, unofficial photographer for the night!