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“Patience” the secret to 50 years marriage

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50 YEARS STRONG: James and Sheila Looney, Gortroe, Fossa celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the weekend.

 

 

By Michelle Crean

 

The secret to a successful and happy marriage is “patience” according to one local couple who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the weekend. James and Sheila Looney, Gortroe, Fossa may not have had the day out that they dreamed of all these years as they approached the 50 year mark – but instead a small gathering with family on Easter Saturday was just as special.

 

The couple, James originally from Park Road, and Sheila (nee Sugrue) from St Brendan’s Terrace, met at a dance in the town hall in October 1967.

However, it wasn’t for the love of trying to get her attention as it took a persistent James a few goes to get her to agree to dance with him.

“I asked her to dance three times but she refused,” he told the Killarney Advertiser this week.

“I went back and asked her again and it worked.”

The couple got engaged in 1970, and the following year married in St Mary’s Cathedral on March 31.

WEDDING DAY: James and Sheila Looney pictured on their wedding day in March 1971.

The wedding was officiated by James’ brother Fr Thomas, a curate in Wembley at the time, who came home from England for their special day. Best man was Sheila’s brother Teddy Sugrue, bridesmaid was James’ sister Mary Looney, pageboy was Alan O’Connor and flower girl duties fell to Eileen Buckley. All enjoyed a wonderful reception in the Dromhall Hotel afterwards.

They settled in Gortroe where they raised six daughters Jacqueline, Sharon, Sandra, Allison, Siobhan and Patricia. And as James added, he was “blessed amongst women”.

The weekend just gone should have been a huge celebration for their family, friends and neighbours, including those who attended their wedding all those years ago. However, COVID meant other plans had to be made.

Instead, the couple gathered at the home place in Park Road with a select few family members where their union was once again blessed by Fr Thomas. James brother Fr Donal beamed in from Sacramento in California and also gave them a special blessing, while other family members joined in online.

“Due to to restrictions it was completely curtailed,” James, who said they’re still madly in love today, added. “What we would have liked was to gather again with our family, neighbours and anyone who was there [at the wedding]. We’d like to thank everyone who sent cards and well wishes on our days ahead.”

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Chance to win a house in Killarney and support Kerry GAA

The Kerry GAA County Board has launched a ‘Win A House draw’ for a new house in Killarney . Funds raised by the draw will go towards the running expenses of the various Kerry football and hurling teams. The three-bed house is located in the Ceide Spris development just off the Park Road is built […]

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The Kerry GAA County Board has launched a ‘Win A House draw’ for a new house in Killarney

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Funds raised by the draw will go towards the running expenses of the various Kerry football and hurling teams.
The three-bed house is located in the Ceide Spris development just off the Park Road is built to modern energy standards, it represents a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved at a cost of €100 which will go a long way to supporting Kerry GAA.
“As a volunteer-based organisation, we have always had to fundraise to support our teams and clubs. We are delighted to be in a position to have a dream house available for a lucky winner,” Kerry GAA PRO Leona Twiss.
“While only one person can win the house, there will be plenty of cash prizes and match tickets to be won along the way. The sooner you purchase your ticket, the better chance you will have at winning those additional prizes.”

To enter the draw visit: https://www.kerrygaa.ie/winahouseinkerry/

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More great choices for large shrubbery

  Following last week’s article on large shrubs, I received many comments, suggestions and questions, leading me to believe that there were quite a few people unsure of what to plant in a large space. I felt at the end of the article there were definitely more plants for that list so here are some […]

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Following last week’s article on large shrubs, I received many comments, suggestions and questions, leading me to believe that there were quite a few people unsure of what to plant in a large space.

I felt at the end of the article there were definitely more plants for that list so here are some more great choices for the large shrubbery.

The bottlebrush, or Callistemon, is named appropriately for the shape of its flowers which are bottle-brush like spikes of many small flowers with long stamens, giving it that brush like appearance. Usually red, they are also available in yellow and pink. They flower in summer and into autumn adding a lovely splash of colour. Their leaves are hard and spiky with arching branches. Cut them back immediately after flowering or they will not flower the following year. If they do grow out of hand, they will tolerate a hard cut back.

Ceanothus, or the Californian lilac, is an often evergreen shrub bearing dark blue flowers. There are several sizes from the low creeping C. repens, to the tree like proportions of C. thyrsiflorus. An ideal candidate for the large border is C. ‘Gloire de Versailles’, which has large blue flowers from July to the end of autumn, (deciduous), or C. ‘Southmead’ which has dark blue flowers in early spring (semi-evergreen), or C. ‘Blue Mound’ which has deep blue flowers (evergreen). I find with all ceanothus that their flowering times seem to be very weather dependant!

Forsythia is a large common shrub which flowers early in spring before the leaves appear. I mention it as it seems to have gone out of fashion completely, though it adds such a fantastic yellow brightness in those dark February days.People often complain that it either grows out of all proportions or that it does not flower. If pruning, do so immediately after flowering. ‘Golden Nugget’ is possibly one of the smaller varieties at a natural five foot.

An unusual, but well worth finding plant is the Sorbus reducta. It is a low 1-1.5m type of mountain ash, with all the great features of its larger tree relatives! It forms a thicket – yes, it does sucker, but does not take over, has white flowers followed by dark red berries which fade to a creamy colour. Like most mountain ashes, its autumn colour is blazing!

Butterfly bushes, buddleja, are a much maligned plant as it can self seed and become a bit of a nuisance. However, it does not really self seed much in gardens where the conditions are not ideal, (ideal conditions – derelict, dry, stony waste land). Most cultivated varieties are sterile, so there is no reason to avoid them! B. colvilei is a very unusual variety, being semi-evergreen with large panicles of tubular dark pink flowers – these clusters can reach up to 20cm. B. davidii is the common butterfly bush and is available in a range of colours such as ‘Black Knight’, deep, deep purple, ‘Empire Blue’, blue flowers with orange centre, ‘Royal Red’, deep pink/maroon. One of my favourites is ‘Harlequin’ which has variegated leaves. There is a range of smaller butterfly bush available too; the ‘buzz’ series.

These remain compact, up to 1m, however their flowers are not quite as impressive! To remedy that, plant breeders have come up with a new variety – the ‘Rocketstar’ series. I have only just planted one, but it promises a diminutive 80cm with the same large flowers as large varieties have. If this plant does what its creators claim, it will certainly be a hit in my garden!

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