Meeting him is the best way to find out why I started calling my youngest grandson Captain Friendly – he is the friendliest chap in the whole of Ireland and real easy to make friends with, as I found out recently when whizzing over to Ireland to attend his baptism…
The ceremony was held in a quaint little church in Crookhaven, a beautiful little village on the coast of West Cork county, roughly 120 Km from Cork City. A good number of family and friends turned up for the event and it was clear right from the start that this was going to be a celebration of note in true Irish tradition 🙂
The atmosphere inside the church was very relaxed and informal and it soon became a beehive of friendly activity and chatter as friends and family gathered inside for the ceremony.
Once everybody was present the ceremony got underway and went smooth and quick, helped along by little Alex loudly urging the reverend to get on with it. After the formalities were dealt with the church was once again filled by friendly chatter, nobody seemed to be in any hurry whatsoever 🙂
Eventually everybody made their way from the church to the house for some food and refreshments – and loads more chatting and celebrating!
You will be forgiven if you thought that the celebrations ended as the sun started dipping behind the horizon, but that didn’t happen – not even close! Earlier in the day Francois eye-balled the situation and predicted the party will continue to about 5am the next morning – he was not far off !
While the party die-hards were frolicking the night away our hero of the day was sleeping very peacefully and content, oblivious to all the party noise 🙂
It was quite a celebration done in true Irish style, and it was with a heavy but happy heart that I had to say goodbye to all a few days later to make my way home.
Many thanks to Francois, Jenny, Anabelle, Alex, and the Irish family for their hospitality and for making my stay with them so memorable. A special thanks also to Jaunine for letting me go while she kept the home fires burning :+:
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