‘I went in for a bet and came out with a wife’ - Newbridge couple’s 40th anniversary

FORTY years ago this week Pat and Mary Mc Loughlin became the first couple to celebrate their wedding reception in the Keadeen Hotel on March 23, 1971.

FORTY years ago this week Pat and Mary Mc Loughlin became the first couple to celebrate their wedding reception in the Keadeen Hotel on March 23, 1971.

Forty years later their three children, Ian, Raymond and Susan threw the happy couple from Moorefield Drive a surprise Ruby anniversary party in the same hotel, now known as the Hotel Keadeen, where their married life began.

“There would have been over 200 guests at our wedding,” recalled Pat who works with Bord na Mona. “Everything went off wonderfully on the day and in those days you got married in the morning. We got married at 11am and left our reception at 7pm to go on honeymoon to Scotland.The hotel has changed dramatically since our day.”

Pat recalled it was a simple case of ‘love at first sight’ when he first met Mary all those years ago.

“Mary used to work in Richard Whites Bookmakers,” he said. “I went in to place a bet and I came out with a wife. It was love at first sight and it still is - and my horse, Amber Point, came in that day as well.” The secret to a happy marriage, according to Pat is to play plenty of golf. “I play golf and Mary plays bowls and cards as well,” he added. “We keep our own interests so we are not under each other’s feet all the time. We also have three wonderful children who were fantastic to rear and very good to us during the years.”