More than 200 Longfordians and their friends gathered in the plush Crown Hotel in north-west London’s Cricklewood for the annual Longford Association of London dinner dance recently.
It was a great night of meeting old friends and an opportunity to reflect on the fact that in spite of the recession, Longford is still hale, hearty and very much open for business.
The Longford committee in London pulled out all the stops for this year’s event and as successful and memorable as the night may have been, it was also a time for us to reflect upon absent friends.
Foremost amongst those was the late Padraic Gearty, who passed away since the last dinner dance. The Longford solicitor was a great friend of the association, regularly attending the dinner dance and hugely involved in their annual golf classic in aid of Longford GAA.
The golf classic was an annual pilgrimage for him with friends from Longford and it was only fitting that he was fondly remembered so poignantly at an otherwise joyous occasion. These wishes were echoed by stalwarts of the association today, President, Dan Keogh and Frank Gill from Drumlish, both of whom travelled over from London for the funeral last year.
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