John and Maureen celebrate 55 years of married life

Fr Niall Howard with John and Maureen Kiely, Woodlawn, who were celebrating 55 years of marriage at the annual jubilee wedding anniversary Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney.
Pictures: Eamonn Keogh

ALTHOUGH they have been kept busy running a successful electrical store in Killarney town for decades, it’s clear that John and Maureen Kiely’s marriage has lost none of its spark down through the years.

They celebrated a landmark 55 years of wedded bliss at a special ceremony in St Mary’s Cathedral where they were in the good company of several other couples who had landmark anniversaries of their own to celebrate.

The Woodlawn couple, who run Kiely’s Electrical on Newmarket Lane, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary five years ago and they were back in their local Church to mark the occasion again and renew their vows in the presence of Fr Niall Howard who celebrated a special Mass.

Couples married for 25, 30, 40, 45, 50 and 55 years were all in attendance and the celebrating duos in attendance on the night included Tim and Barbara Weaver from Ohio who were celebrating their silver anniversary during their holiday in Kerry.

At a special celebration in the presbytery afterwards John and Maureen Kiely cut the specially made anniversary cake and they were joined by all the other couples who raised a cuppa to their happy lives together.

Fr Niall Howard with Tom and Louise Moriarty and John Joe and Mary Culloty, celebrating 30 years of marriage

The other celebrating couples were:

25th anniversary: Hugh and Carla O’Sullivan, Calfmount, Barraduff; John and Marie Shannon, Upper Lissivigeen, and Declan and Elma Walsh, La Salette, Countess Road.

30th anniversary: John Joe and Mary Culloty, Knocknasheka, Spa; Tom and Louise Moriarty, Gortdromakerrie, Muckross and Ger and Mary Brennan, Rathmore.

40th anniversary: Stanley and Lucy Wade, Ballyspillane and Denis and Sheila Murphy, Coolcorcoran.

45th anniversary: Donie and Nuala O’Doherty, Knocknahoe, Spa and Paddy and Teresa O’Sullivan, Doonpark, Mill Road.

50th anniversary: Dermot and Eileen Coffey, Ardaneanig; Pat and Norrie O’Neill, Alderhaven, Ballycasheen; Patrick and Mary O’Donnell, Rathanny, Traee; Michae and Mary Dowling, Rathmines, Dublin; Jim and Marie Moynihan, Lissivigeen and Michael and Ita Looney, College Street.

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