My sister Geraldine reaches her 60th birthday at the end of this month, and we have begun the celebrations already.
Hey, I celebrated my 50th birthday for a year, so she's actually being very conservative in her festivities.
So we started the month with a road trip to Sligo to take in the recording of Nathan Carter's TV show.
Family and friends converged in the Park Hotel in Mullingar and then off we set.
After a quick bite to eat we were ready for Nathan!
So first of all we queued up to get into the building. When I got up to the ticket counter I was delighted to see Jennifer, one of the girls who had worked on Operation Transformation. It's a small world here in Ireland.
Then we went upstairs to the free wine. Almost straight away a queue formed to get into the arena, So of course we joined it. Eventually we slowly moved around the corner, down the stairs and onto the set.
It was set up the same as last year. In front of the stage were tables and chairs, which were reserved for VIPs and special guests. Then there were rows of seats for everyone else. My heart sank a little bit when I saw that all it was pretty full up and the only seats available were right at the back.
Suddenly I heard a voice in my ear
"It's okay Noeleen. You can have a table."
"ARE YOU SERIOUS?" I almost screamed at Jennifer.
She was, and soon we were plonked right at the front under poor Nathan's nose!
I tried to convince my sister that I had it all previously arranged, especially for her birthday, but she wasn't having any of it!
Show was brilliant and am looking forward to seeing it in the autumn. I had forgotten about the downside of recording a tv show, namely having to do things several times for the cameras, but it was worth it.
If this is what Geraldine's birthday month is going to be like, bring on the next four weeks!