Peter and Jean celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss
THE Coyle family from Grange celebrated on the double last week! Peter and Jean Coyle celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary and it was also Jean's 70th Birthday.
Fr. John McArdle from the Parish of Luton, Bedfordshire, a first cousin of Jean, said the Mass for the occasion. He was joined by Fr. Malachy Conlon P.P., Cooley, Fr. Tommy McNulty C.C., Cooley, and Fr. Brian Mac Raois P.P., Carlingford / Omeath, all of whom co-celebrated mass.
Peter and Jean were married on Thursday 8th August, 1963, and renewed their vows on Thursday 8th August, 2013, on the very same day and at the very same time 50 years later in the same chapel – St. Michael's, Carlingford. Their daughters, Anne-Marie and Helen, read the first and second readings followed by Peter and Jean's renewal of vows surrounded by their ten children, 5 sons and 5 daughters, all with lighted candles.
Then their sons Eamon, Brian, Peter and eldest daughter Mary said the Prayers of the Faithful. Veronica and the Grange Choir sang the beautiful hymns and Father Brian Mac Raois asked the congregation to sing 'Happy Birthday' to Jean.
After communion their daughter Helen sang 'Annie's Song' and 'The Voyage' and then the ten children returned with the lighted candles for the final blessing and Peter and Jean were presented with the gift of the Papal Blessing by their grandchildren Liam, Megan, Aidan, Emma and Laura. Peter and Jean left the chapel followed by their children in candlelight procession.
Afterwards all went for a reception in the Granvue House Hotel in Omeath, also where they had their wedding reception back in 1963.
At that time according to the manager of the hotel, Stephen Heaney, it was called the Grand Central Hotel. An excellent nights entertainment was provided by the ever popular Sharon Shannon.
Peter and Jean would like to thank their family who travelled from Canada, England, Galway and Belfast to celebrate their day with them.