Unfortunately, I won't be able to go to the party... will be in hospital soon (not serious!!) and am told by the docs that it is too soon to be gallivanting to the other end of the country!!!! Huge pity as I really was looking forward to it and to meeting everyone again!!
I even had the outfit and shoes picked!!!
Anyway, I was involved in some of the initial discussions re the party and was going to be involved in organising it.. backed out due to health reasons - primarily the fact that I could be in hosp at a crucial stage. Anyway, having done some shopping around for venues, music etc... at the start, the E100 region was looking like the lowest the party could cost for us all!!
The party has to pay for itself and is being organised by Finola and Laura on their own time and voluntarily. It's not subsidised.
As far as I remember, the consensus was to have the party in Dublin... have seen prices here in Mayo which would have been much lower but which would have incurred different costs for other member!
Like Aileen says, it is a business expense.
For those of you who can make it, it'll be a great night - I'll be thinking of ye all as I'm watching Ryan Tubridy in my slippers
Will ye save me a mince pie??