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Sixty years ago today

Monday, 18 June, 2012

“Monday for wealth, Tuesday for health, Wednesday the best day of all. Thursday for crosses, Friday for losses, Saturday no luck at all.” — Wedding day proverb.

On Wednesday, 18 June 1952, Michael Fitzgerald and Catherine O’Donnell were married in the village of Lisvernane, County Tipperary. The ceremony was followed by a meal at the nearby Riversdale House Hotel in the Glen of Aherlow. Transport for the bride and her family was via a Ford V8 driven by the village grocer/publican, but cars were scarce in the Ireland of the early 1950s and some of the guests cycled. The wedding cake was made by the bride, baked by Mrs Ryan-Russell, who had a Stanley Range cooker, and the icing was added by the confectionery specialists of Kiely’s Bread Company in Tipperary town. The sun shone. It was Wednesday, the best day of all.

Mammy and Daddy


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