Tea Party on the Green!

Pictured: Two year old Tristan McDonnell plays guitar with mum Cora.

Pictured: Two year old Tristan McDonnell plays guitar with mum Cora.

Sandymount Village Tidy Towns, in conjunction with Dublin City Council (DCC), hosted a delightful tea party and book sale on the Sandymount Village Green.

It rained all over Dublin on Wednesday 22nd July but not on the Green. Someone upstairs must have kept it dry. It pays to book a dry day in advance.

Kudos to the organisers, for it was a beautiful event with something for everyone. All ages were catered for. Children enjoyed running in and scooting around the park, drinking orange juice, listening to the music, and in one memorable case even playing air guitar on a tennis racket! Two year old Tristan McDonnell is a guitar protégé in the making.

The music was provided by The Pastimes, who had everybody up dancing. The grannies showed the youngsters how to let their hair down and have fun. There were plenty of delicious sandwiches and cakes to refresh the dancers, and tea and coffee on tap to wash them down. The caterers excelled.

Organisers Maxine Pilkington and Valerie Jennings of Sandymount Tidy Towns tirelessly went around the picturesque little park to make sure everybody was happy and catered to. They were assisted by a small army of helpers, including Anne O’Rourke helping out at the book stall. The bring and swap book stall was manned by Nicole Traynor and Gene Donovan, who were kept busy all afternoon and yet never ceased smiling.

Declan Hayden of DCC did a great job supporting the event and was very approachable and well liked by all who met him. Hayden and his colleagues at DCC, and Sandymount Village Tidy Towns, deserve recognition for the wonderful job they have done in maintaining and beautifying the village green and the pretty flower boxes on the village footpaths.

It looked as though the Mount Tabor and Aylesbury nursing homes must have been practically empty of residents for the day. Many staff were evident and working hard to wheel many residents to the entertainment and attend to their every need. The day was for the senior folk of the community and it was perfect for them.

There was plenty of friendly chat, good music that wasn’t too loud, warm welcomes and lots of help available, and the weather was perfect.

NewsFour can hardly wait to attend again next year.

By Keith Murphy

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