'Sean told me he told his friend Gerry that he had met the girl he was going to marry'

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'Sean told me he told his friend Gerry that he had met the girl he was going to marry'


Margaret remembers meeting her husband and getting married.


Margaret McLoughlin


Trinity College Dublin




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I met my husband in Aldborough House. Even though he didn't work there. He had come into the hall to see his brother and was chatting with Eamon Shanahan whom he knew while he was waiting. I happened to come to the hall to get change money for my boss. I went to the lad in the office and when he hadn't got it I saw Eamonn and went over to check with him . He introduced us but I didn't think anything of it. Sean told me he told his friend Gerry that he had met the girl he was going to marry. A few weeks later myself and another girl Angela Casey decided to go to Salthill for a week's holiday. On arrival we went for a walk on the prom and it started to rain so we sheltered. As we were standing Angela said isn't that Cathaoil Mc Loughlin's brother as he was also walking the prom. When we went to the Seapoint ballroom that night the first person we saw was him and he asked me to dance and the rest is history. He had a car so the three of us went all around Connemara. We had a lovely time. That was September 1955 and we got engaged on the 1st April '56 and married 11th September. We are now married 54 years. Where did the time go. We married in Fairview Church as Margot and I had moved to a flat in Rosemount Ave. We had our reception in the Hollybrook Hotel in Clontarf and went to the Lake District for our honeymoon. I think all the guests came to the airport to wave us off and seeing the planes was a novelty then


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