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President’s chat – The ball

Failte,

And so Ball time will soon be upon us, when the Irish community, the friends of the Irish community and those that want to be friends of the Irish community, descend upon the Shang-ri La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, to celebrate the feast of our patron saint, St Patrick. We are delighted to be hosting the 95th annual ball on March 14th and truly looking forward to welcoming our members, and their guests, to this prestigious event.

The annual ball is the highlight of the social calendar for many here in KL, and while the scramble for tickets in mid-January is the beginning for most, for the committee it is the culmination of considerable hard work behind the scenes over a number of months. This year we were excited to host our ticket sales morning at Healy Macs, Bangsar. Patrons, as always, queued from early morning to get the best seats in the house and this year they were rewarded with a plethora of seats and tables, breakfast baps and coffee and even a spot of golf on the TV – all very civilized.

Preparation for a ball this size begins in earnest many months before the event with the committee busy organising the hotel, band, food, sponsorship, drinks, ticket sales, pipers, dancers, and backdrops to name but a few, to make our event the ‘Best Ball Ever’. With a few weeks remaining the last of the tickets have been sold, the cheese has been tasted, the rooms booked and the band are eagerly awaiting their trip East!

We are thrilled to be joined, once again, by Newfoundland, all the way from Ireland. For the past two years they have lifted the roof off the main ballroom and kept people dancing to the wee small hours in the sessions room and I am sure they will continue to raise the bar this year. We welcome again our Irish Dancers and Eric Custer, who will lead the way with a solo performance as our community performer.

For those of you who did not manage to get tickets please do contact us via our Facebook page as there may be some unlucky patrons forced to drop out at the last minute, so you might just be lucky enough to pick up some last minute ticket swaps!

We look forward to seeing you all on March 14th! Bring your dancing shoes!

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit

Louise King 

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