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As far as Delia Barry was concerned, this was just another run-of-the-mill, every-week gathering up at the Dr Ryan Community Centre.

What she didn’t know was, long before her arrival at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening, all her friends had gathered inside, celebrations, cakes and cuddles at the ready for when Delia walked through that door.

It’s not everyday, after all, that your good buddy turns 80.

When the birthday girl finally did walk through those Dr Ryan doors, the smile on her face said it all. Delia may have even let out a swear word with the fright of it all, but, we haven’t been able to confirm whether or not this angelic woman momentarily dropped her halo.

Once inside, the celebrations, the cakes and the cuddles were unleashed, and the craic went from 80 all the way up to 90.

And how loved is Delia? Well, you only have to look at the big happy heads on everyone here, there to celebrate the fact that getting older doesn’t mean you can’t have some naughty fun.

Thanks to the bould Gerry Kelly for the pics, and a great big Happy Birthday to Delia, a woman with one of our favourite smiles around…

You can check out the full gallery of Gerry Kelly’s hi-res shots – and download for free – right here. You can also check out our August 2018 interview with Delia here, and her My Greystones from 2016 here.

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