Joe and Mary cel­e­brate 69 years of joy­ful wed­ded bliss

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

THERE were celebratio­ns re­cently in Kil­te­gan as a lo­cal cou­ple marked a sig­nif­i­cant wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Joe and Mary Ryan from Kil­te­gan reached the mile­stone of 69 years of mar­riage on Mon­day, Septem­ber 2.

The cou­ple were mar­ried in Dart­ford, Kent in the United King­dom on Septem­ber 2 1950. Orig­i­nally from Sligo, Mary was then work­ing as a nurse and Joe, from Tal­bot­stown, was em­ployed on build­ing sites in the area.

Well-loved within the com­mu­nity, Joe (89) and Mary (92) re­turned home to Ire­land in 1951 and have lived in Kil­te­gan ever since. They have five chil­dren Michael, Pa­trick, Phyl­lis, Mary and Joseph, 18 grand­chil­dren and 11 great grand­chil­dren.

‘It is a mas­sive achieve­ment for them,’ said Gil­lian Burke, one of the cou­ple’s grand­daugh­ters, ‘They are the most amaz­ing cou­ple I have yet to meet and still so in love.’

Their in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment was cel­e­brated with cake and tea dur­ing a re­cent low-key party at­tended by fam­ily. Friends and fam­ily ex­tended many con­grat­u­la­tions to them both.

Joe and Mary Ryan cel­e­brat­ing their 69th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

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