11:44 Saturday, 24 October 2020
No, you’re crying!
After waiting 40 years to tie the knot, Level 5 was not going to stop one Offaly couple.
Rhode man John Bermingham, 86, married long-time love Mary Long, 83, on Friday.
The couple exchanged vows in the civil marriage registration room in Tullamore Health Centre.
Well this melted my heart @RTENewsNow
There was me worried about my wedding but now I’m just happy John and Mary got to have their big day. Many congratulations to the happy couple 💕💕
Offaly couple marry 40 years after they first met https://t.co/kwT5OBXjDJ
— Peter Mannion (@PeterMannion10) October 23, 2020
Source: Twitter (@PeterMannion10)
The groom’s daughter Carolyn and her husband John Fitzgerald attended the small ceremony.
Carolyn explained that the pair had wanted to get married for a long time but struggled with paperwork.
“They’re old and I knew they wanted to do this,” she said. “Nowadays everything is online and on the internet and they just couldn’t manage it. They were overwhelmed by the whole bureaucracy of it and they found it very impersonal.”
When asked why they decided to get married after all this time, Mary replied “We want to be buried together”.
The only other attendees were John’s twin granddaughters, Robbyn and Alison.
After tying the knot, John joked “It’s a pity we all can’t go for a drink.”