The War of the Roses
The businessman who had an affair with his wife's best friend has lost out to a woman scorned, writes Liam Collins
When she walked up the aisle that Saturday, the 16th of April, 1994, 'R' must have been the happiest bride in Ireland.
Her husband 'P' was young and ambitious, showing the sort of business acumen that within a few years would make him a multi-millionaire and give them a lavish, even extravagant, lifestyle of luxury homes here in Ireland and abroad, a lifestyle of designer clothes, big cars and expensive restaurants.
Yet 18 years later, on the 15th of November, 2012, when he told her he was leaving her and the marriage was over, it must have seemed that all those early dreams had turned to dust. But like the 'War of the Roses' it was far from over. When Mr Justice David Keane delivered his judgment in their bitterly contested judicial separation case, awarding her the family home worth €1.6m, their holiday home worth €1.7m, €18,000 a month in maintenance and half his €1.3m pension, she became the envy of almost every Irish divorcee since marriage break-up was introduced into this country.