Joe and Mary celebrate 69 years of joyful wedded bliss
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.