Wednesday 23 October 2019




THE previously unheralded Ballybough in Bridgetown hosted a party that was broadcast around Ireland and beyond yesterday ( Tuesday) morning as Ryan Tubridy paid a visit.

RTÉ 2fm's Tubridy Show set up shop in the home of Teresa and Noel McDonnell, where it broadcast from 9 to 11 a.m. as part of 2fm's Dress up for Barnardos Day.

'It was great craic,' said Teresa's sister Aileen Fitzharris. 'I think Ryan was expecting a little gathering, but it was mad down here.'

Well over 100 people – mainly family, friends and neighbours from south Wexford – made their way to the McDonnell home in Ballybough for the live broadcast.

They comprised a weird and wonderful collection of colourful characters as everyone got right behind Barnardos for the day. 'Everyone was dressed up and there were some very good costumes,' said Aileen.

Tubridy and his team also got into the spirit of things and must have followed the Yellow Brick Road down to Wexford as they were decked out as the characters from the Wizard of Oz, with the main man coming as the Scarecrow.

The McDonnell house itself was also turned out impeccably for the occasion and filled with all kinds of food for everyone to enjoy, with any overflow of visitors catered for in a marquee.

The show itself was broadcast from ' the sun room' – not the kitchen, as the host reminded himself and his listeners!

Thankfully, the sun was shining brightly yesterday morning, adding to the great atmosphere in the McDonnell household, where Teresa and Noel were joined by their children John, David and Aimee, as well as their many, many enthusiastic visitors.

Tubridy proved a great ringmaster in the hectic household and spoke to a huge number of people there, of all ages, both on and off air. as well as a number of local guests, such as author Eoin Colfer, who was allowed in despite his ' townie' status!

Chief among the special guests were Helen's parents Lar and Chris Fitzharris, 61 years married this year. Lar is unwell at the moment, but in good form and greatly enjoyed listening to the show on headphones from the comfort of a neighbouring bedroom, where he was paid a visit by the DJ for a chat and some photos.

Aileen pointed out that as well as everyone who dressed up, a large number of local businesses got right behind the Dress up for Barnardos fundraiser, generously donating everything from food to raffle prizes.

As well as having great fun, Aileen said they also managed to raise a tidy sum for the children's charity, as well as spreading the word about the Dress up for Barnardos initiative.

The 2fm Dress up for Barnardos week runs through to Halloween itself next weekend, with Friday the focus of the week, when Barnardos holding collection days nationwide.

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