Once again, Rory and Helen Doyle stepped up to the plate and hosted yet another wonderful Christmas Hooley, which took, place Saturday, December 3rd.
What with sporting competitions abroad and a number of friends having departed Kuala Lumpur, the expectation was that numbers might not be very high this year but a crowd of approximately 70 found their way to Seputeh Heights.
As usual, the evening got off to a gentle start with old friends greeting and new friends introducing themselves. Eden provided food and it lived up to their usual high standard. A speech to welcome every one, including his Excellency Eamon Hickey and our beloved Sr. Enda was given by the President of the Society, Martha Tee.
She also made a small presentation on behalf of the society to Kerry O Sullivan who due to health reasons has had to call a halt to her stay in Malaysia. You will be sorely missed Kerry.
A small token of appreciation was made to Rory and Helen and meanwhile, the Irish coffees made with the help of Kerry were delivered to all. Despite the Irish part of the coffee being left out for the first lot (it was quickly added), they seemed to go down rather well with the mince pies and everyone started to get in form.
Ben James played piano and the carol singing began. The competition from previous years did not happen this year but the singing was just as raucous as ever and thoroughly enjoyed by all. At about 10.30, Rory, who had kindly donated all spirits for the event, declared the spirits would be free for the rest of the evening and the fun began.
The Karaoke machine was unleashed and this year, we were treated to singers of a truly professional level with Julie, Pauline, Anita and of course Rory himself. Others contributed but those four were the stars. Some people did leave at a reasonable hour but quite a few stayed on to the early hours. It was a quiet Sunday for many!!!
A huge thank you needs to be given to Helen and Rory for their amazing hospitality. With the help of the entire committee before and during the event, it ran like clockwork. Once again we are posed with the question, how on earth will next year’s Hooley beat it?