FOR Nick and Kieran Murphy, it was love at first sight in a stylish Cork homosexual bar.
The couple’s romance, which started in earnest just a few days later with dinner lovingly ready by Kieran, led, inside 5 years, to marriage.
Nick, now 30 and dealing as a elements advisor with a serious automobile dealership in Cork metropolis, was a barman on the time in Chambers Bar when he first laid eyes on Kieran on St Patrick’s Weekend 2011.
“I used to be working there on the time as a barman and I used to be ending up that weekend,” he remembers. That they had just a few drinks collectively and swapped cellphone numbers, and Kieran, 29, who’s a pharmacist with HIQA.
“He invited me to dinner and the connection started — he made rooster filled with black pudding and wrapped in bacon,” remembers Nick.
The couple grew to become engaged at Christmas 2014, and tied the knot two years later in a civil ceremony on the Triskel Christ Church, smack in the midst of the centenary celebrations of the Easter Rising.
“Town was decked out in tricolours for the centenary,” remembers Nick. The couple, who, he says, are “large GAA followers” not solely organized to have their menus printed like match programmes however had the Proclamation printed on the within.
Attended by virtually 130 friends, the marriage set them again within the area of €eight,500. It formally completed up at 2am, however unofficially continued till after 5am within the lodge residents’ bar.
The following day, the duo flew to Thailand for a three-week honeymoon earlier than settling into life as a married couple.
“Having a little bit of endurance goes a great distance, and a little bit of understanding,” says Nick.
“Pay attention to 1 one other,” he advises, “as a result of in the event you don’t you received’t know something.”
Now residing within the suburb of Wilton, he and Kieran are aware that small issues actually do matter in relation to conserving romance alive and a relationship wholesome — this Valentine’s Day, for instance, Nick’s cooking a particular meal for a comfy night in by the hearth.
“Being there for each other when it’s wanted is necessary. Doing small issues for one another like making one another’s lunches if one individual is underneath strain,” he says, including that they take some time to exit collectively usually.
“We go to the images on occasion, and if the climate is first rate on a Sunday’ we’ll go for a spin or a stroll or go jogging.”
Different favourites are binge-watching a sequence in entrance of the hearth and taking holidays collectively. “It’s time away with one another. We go to the Canaries loads as a result of the climate is dependable and also you’re not restricted by the local weather or the time of the yr.”
A full half-century has handed because the morning that lovebirds Pauline and Seamus O’Brien tied the knot on St Valentine’s Day at Our Girl of Lourdes Church in Ballinlough.
Pauline a book-keeper, and Seamus, a high quality management knowledgeable, met at work in automobile agency Dunlops.
“We had been good mates at first, however we grew shut over a interval of about two years,” says Pauline, who remembers that Seamus proposed in 1969 they usually spent a few yr organising their wedding ceremony.
On the day, their friends attended a marriage breakfast, and the day completed up round teatime.
The 88 friends at their reception within the Metropole Lodge, Cork, dined on fruit cup Maraschino, a alternative of soup, rooster or fish, and a alternative of sherry trifle or peach Chartreuse adopted by tea or espresso. “It value 22 shilling a head.”
The invoice — she has stored the receipt, together with different mementoes of their huge day all these years — got here to £145, 10 shillings and eight pence, and the day completed up round 5pm or 6pm.
“Seamus and I drove straight to Cork Airport and flew to London for our honeymoon.”
How occasions have modified,” says the mom of three grownup youngsters from Silversprings, Tivoli. “These days weddings go on for 3 days — my youngsters’s weddings all concerned a day earlier than the marriage itself and a day after, and actually, we had a few week of celebrations previous to the massive day as effectively.”
The important thing to a profitable marriage, Pauline and Seamus imagine, is that firstly there must be give and take within the relationship, and secondly there should be a dedication “to by no means let the solar go down on a distinction of opinion or a foul feeling.”
It’s additionally crucial to have pursuits in widespread additionally. “We each love socialising and singing and dancing. We’re very sociable individuals and we’re pretty optimistic too, and we very a lot take pleasure in one another’s firm. That brings you thru all of the trials and tribulations and illness in life,” says Pauline.
The couple, each aged 72, are grandparents to 9 grand-children between the ages of 4 and 19, who they enthusiastically describe as “the icing on the cake”.
They’ve huge plans for this Valentine’s Day, their 50th wedding ceremony anniversary. The couple with renew their wedding ceremony vows at a perform within the Metropole and luxuriate in a sit-down meal with almost 160 friends. “We began planning about 18 months in the past.”
Subsequent August each of their early 50s, rejoice 25 years of marriage.
The couple, who met on the IT firm the place they each labored — Caroline was a line inspector and Jim was within the testing division — had been initially simply workmates, however progressively, what began out as friendship grew to become one thing deeper.
“Jim was extra outgoing than me and really chatty individual, and he likes a little bit of craic. He approached me and we obtained speaking and after a few months he requested me out,” says Caroline.
The connection deepened, and after some years of saving for his or her wedding ceremony and a deposit on their dwelling in Cork’s Cathedral Highway, the couple obtained married on August 25, 1995.
“We obtained married in St Coleman’s Church in Macroom the place I’m from.”
On the wedding ceremony reception, about 120 friends sat all the way down to rooster and mushroom vol au vents, soup, turkey and ham with all of the trimmings, adopted by Baked Alaska.
“The entire thing got here to about €1,500 and the associated fee included teas, coffees and sandwiches in a while within the day,” she says, including that the dancing and wedding ceremony celebrations continued all evening.
“The enjoyable really went on till the milkman was coming into the lodge the subsequent morning at round 6.30am,” she laughs, including that the couple, who’ve one son Seán (22), honeymooned in Santa Ponza.
“Like each different couple we’ve have had our ups and downs, however for us a profitable marriage is about friendship, about liking one another and about sticking collectively,” says Caroline.
She additionally strongly believes that having faith within the house is necessary.
Widespread pursuits are necessary to a profitable relationship too. “You additionally need to have issues in widespread. Jim and I each like socialising, and international holidays and we attempt to go overseas twice a yr even when it’s just for an extended weekend on the Costa del Sol. We attend concert events collectively — we at all times go to the Marquee in the summertime, in addition to concert events in Dublin.
“We’ve seen everybody from Michael Jackson to ACDC and Standing Quo to Tina Turner and the Bee Gees! Regardless of how busy we’re, we’ll make time to exit collectively.
“This Valentine’s Day I’m working however we’re going to Killarney the weekend earlier than, to see the Excessive Kings within the INEC — and we’re actually wanting ahead to it.”