On the 6th July, my wife Anne, aided and abetted by daughters Denise, Sharon & Paula, grandchildren, family and friends plotted behind my back to organise a surprise 50th birthday party in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown.
My sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the evening (8.00pm-4.30am) such a memorable occasion.
Since it came as a complete surprise I didn't have a camera. Fortunatly my dear friend and fellow Magi, John Bowden, (who travelled 200 miles from Kilkenny for the party) came to the rescue and took the following shots.
John Bowden, who took all the photographs on this page.
(except this one)
Anne's brothers, Bobby and Carl entertained everyone by providing some of the music
I even got TWO birthday cakes,
As well as the usual cake (the photo on the top is of myself in costume for a film, "God's Frountiersmen") I got one from the grandchildren.
(Notice that there is only one candle, could this be a reminder that I have now reached the age where the candles cost more that the cake?)