The Ardee Traders Association held their very popular annual BAFTA Awards night at Darver Castle last Saturday.
There were lots of awards up for grabs. The Business with the Friendliest Staff section was won by Callaghans. Shortlisted: Super Value, Hickeys, and Bradleys.
Trader with the Gift of the Gab cathory went to Julie Ann McCoy. Shortlisted: Colm Taffee, Allison Duffy, and Frank Lynch.
Socialite of the Year was won by Hughie O’Neill. On the shortlist: John Caffery, Karen Duffy, and Sarah Ni Lochlainn.
Best Newcomer was won by O’Brien’s Stationary. shortlisted: Puddleducks, Nosh Bistro, The Pharmacy.
Proprietor that is Always Present was won by Brian Lynch. Shortlisted: Aileen Gallagher, Brendan Faulkner, Henry McAuley.
A special award was presented to Brendan Matthews.
Once again there was a great atmosphere at this very popular gala event and talk has already started about next year’s event.
All the tickets for this year’s gala night were sold out on the day they were printed and a waiting list for spare tickets had to be drawn up.
It came at a perfect time of the year after the busy Christmas season had finally wound down.
The Ardee traders love the opportunity of meeting their fellow members and neighbours in a social setting and one or two have been known to let their hair down as well!
And Saturday night was no exception.
Everybody enjoyed the wonderful evening.
A big thank you to Aidan, Mary, Julia and all the staff in Darver Castle who looked after them so well.
Ardee Traders Association has been vedry active over the past year promoting trade and keeping jobs in the town. Just before Christmas they had sold sold more than €27,000 worth of vouchers to local customers and that amount continued to rise.
The vouchers are available in all shops throughout the year, and not just at Christmas.
The traders also replaced many of the Christmas lights and once again organised a very “Operation Santy” night.
And last Halloween’s storytelling evening for young people at the Castle also proved a great success.