Valentine’s dinner was ‘one of the best nights ever’

“One of the best nights ever” was the most common comment following last Thursday’s Valentine Dinner at Langton’s.

“One of the best nights ever” was the most common comment following last Thursday’s Valentine Dinner at Langton’s.

The event took place for the third year in aid of the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team and the overall, unspoken theme of the night was positivity. Organised yet again by Mary Harrington, Aine Fitzgerald and Kevin Fennelly, over 300 tickets for the night were fast to sell and numerous businesses were quick to come on board to offer support in a variety of ways.

Langton’s, as always, pulled out all the stops to provide a fantastic menu, served really well by a fleet of staff, in the wonderful ballroom which had been lit up and enhanced with screens by the great Fast Lane Audio Visual team. Their screens showcased well in excess of a hundred spot and auction lots donated by many businesses.

Further business support was in evidence on the tables as each place setting boasted vouchers for Peter Marks, Kilkenny City Tours, SpecSavers and James McDermott Dentist. Each attendee also got a truffle from Mr Simm’s Olde Sweet Shop while all the ladies were presented with a red carnation from Flowers by Lucy.

The event was also sponsored by Signiatec and Pinewood Healthcare with donations too from M&A Coaches, Connolly’s Red Mills and KBK Gun Club.

MC Brendan Hennessy, of KCLR, kept the night on the road introducing auctioneers Andy O’ Keeffe and the night’s speakers Mary Harrington, representing the organising committee, and Mr Ian Wilson who spoke of what such events mean to the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team, which this October will mark 25 years of service and which needs to fundraise in excess of €400,000 to continue their great work assisting terminally ill patients.

That work was celebrated in style as revelers took to the dance floor to move and groove the night away to music from the Marble City Sounds followed by DJ Pat Treacy, who shared the stage with the Heineken, Liam McCarthy and Tom Walsh cups.

The amount raised is still being tallied as monies continue to come in and will be added to the €26,500 gathered by the night in the previous two years. It takes a huge amount of time and work to make this kind of cash, especially in the current climate, so great credit must go to the organizing committee the members of which have worked on the occasion on a year to year basis.

Gemma Hayes

What links Julian Lennon, Counting Crows, Man Men and our neighbouring county of Tipperary? Gemma Hayes of course!

The award-winning singer and songwriter, who hails from Ballyporeen has duetted with the Beatles son, been name-checked in a song by the Californian band and is scoring the soundtrack to the TV series’ producer Michael Upendhal’s movie Right Angle.

She’s seen her music featured in a variety of US TV shows including The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy.

Hayes set up her own label, moved to LA, and has been gaining fans from all over.

Now she’s back on the Irish circuit, which sees her pay a visit to Set Theatre this Saturday from 8pm where she’ll showcase her own musical blend of folk, pop and electronics.

Tickets cost €15