Wedding Talk

Limerick couple share the secret behind their 70 years of wedded bliss

Childhood sweethearts with 'no regrets' met when they were just 19 and 21

The locals of Glin have no further to look than their own town for a fairytale. Much-loved local couple Han and Tomás Geoghegan celebrated a lifetime of wedding bliss with friends and family at their recent 70th wedding anniversary.

In a wonderful occasion, the childhood sweethearts shared many stories from their life together, with one of the most treasured relating to how they met those many moons ago. 

"We had land that we farmed across the road from Han's family. Her mother would send her down to the well for water. 

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"I would watch out and go down to meet her. It all blossomed from there."

They married in Ballyhahill in June 1948 when Han was 21 and Tomás was 19. There was no honeymoon, but they spent a few days celebrating in Shanagolden.

Tomás said that the biggest milestone in their lives has been "living as long as we have and to still being in our own home together after all these years, with the full-time help of our family and our home help". 

Tomás even gave us part of the secret to his long and happy marriage.

"We always said the rosary every night before we went to bed right to this very day, and we never had an argument.

"We were so blessed. I have no regrets, how could I? Han and I have had all these years together and please God more to come. I love her as much now as I did all those years ago."

Their son Patrick said everyone was delighted to celebrate such a milestone with Han and Tomás. 

"We got a marquee in as my parents were unable to travel due to their health. Food was brought in and we had a great traditional music group from Clare. We thank all that came at such short notice to share such a wonderful occasion. 

"We would also like to thank all the nursing and catering staff in Rathass ward in UHK [University Hospital Kerry] where my mother was cared for so well. 

"Dr Asif gave her brilliant attention that helped her through a recent illness which we thank him sincerely for. 

However, Patrick said there was one major challenge found when planning the celebrations. "It is impossible to find a 70th wedding anniversary card!"