Cullen and DISTRICT Special Needs Association.
Annual Christmas Mass and Party
The season of goodwill began in earnest in Cullen last Saturday Dec.3rd, when we hosted our 39thAnnual Christmas Mass and Party. It was disappointing that this successful and such an enjoyable afternoon had to be abandoned in 2020 and 2021 in the best interest of all during those unusual COVID 19 times. However it was great to be back again, this party is the highlight of our year’s activities and has been part of our lives here in Cullen over 40 years. Weather conditions were excellent and we were thrilled with the turn out from afar as Tarbert, Mallow and Kanturk to, Newmarket, Millstreet, Gneeveguila, Knocknagree and Cullen. A large number of our special friends with their families, friends or carers attended. Many friendships are renewed and new ones formed at this annual get together. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Incidentally Sat. Dec. 3rd, was a very special day – the United Nations sanctioned day, celebrated internationally to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, focusing on social inclusion, and is in its 30th year.
Mass was celebrated by Canon John Fitzgerald, and the local Choir added to the celebration with appropriate Christmas hymns and carols. Guests were then treated to festive refreshments and wonderful disco music kick-started the season of goodwill for all present, whose energy and enthusiasm could put many to shame. Our wonderful DJ, Sean Collins contributed in no small way to the success of the party. The excitement continued as each guest then received a Christmas gift. We were delighted to have a visit from the Kanturk/Millstreet branch of the Red Cross offering hand massage and nail painting to all guests, and this was very much enjoyed and appreciated.
Great credit is due to the organising committee, the hall committee, and the many wonderful helpers who did trogan work behind the scenes to ensure that everything was in order for the evening.
Many thanks to all who came and supported the afternoon to make it such a success.
Cullen and District S.N.A. wish all their special friends, supporters and sponsors all the Joys and Blessings of Christmas with the best of health and happiness in the New Year
Moira O’Keeffe (Sec.)