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Annmarie O’Riordan, Rathcoole, and Anthony Holmes, Murroe, celebrated their engagement at Christmas

Annmarie O’Riordan, Rathcoole, and Anthony Holmes, Murroe, celebrated their engagement at Christmas

David Murphy, Banteer and Bríd Anne O’Donoghue, Freemount, got engaged on December 23

David Murphy, Banteer and Bríd Anne O’Donoghue, Freemount, got engaged on December 23

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Annmarie O’Riordan, Rathcoole, and Anthony Holmes, Murroe, celebrated their engagement at Christmas

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'I'm dreaming of a quiet Christmas' could be the ideal title if one was penning a song about this year's Santa season! For everyone, it was the complete antithesis of all the yuletides we have ever known.

The Corkman checked in with some people across North Cork to find out how their Christmas Day went in these unprecedented times. While Covid put a damper on our celebrations, it did not deter Cupid, who was a busy boy delivering sparkling rings and loving commitments across the region.

Well known Rathcoole singer Annmarie O'Riordan and Anthony Holmes recently got engaged and celebrated with family over the past week. Anthony, who is also a musician, hails from Murroe, Co. Limerick and the couple plan to wed in June 2022.

There were celebrations in Dromagh as well where David Doody proposed to Elaine Lucey just before sitting down to Christmas dinner. "I never expected it, I was in total shock," Elaine said.

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Meanwhile, just over the road in Banteer, David Murphy popped the question to Freemount native Bríd Anne O'Donoghue. "We're delighted, it was a great end to a tough year and put a smile on people's faces," David said.

Some families welcomed new arrivals during the year who were celebrating their first Christmas oblivious of the challenges of the pandemic - hopefully before they are old enough to realise, Covid will be a distant memory.

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Dromagh couple David Doody and Elaine Lucey got engaged last week

Dromagh couple David Doody and Elaine Lucey got engaged last week

Dromagh couple David Doody and Elaine Lucey got engaged last week

Three months old Eoghan O'Connor was christened on December 19th in Currow. Eoghan's Mum, Mairead, is from Newmarket. "I was delighted to be able to meet up with my family on Christmas Day" she said.

In Ballydesmond, seven months old Makayla Mai Fleming was enjoying her first Christmas and being spoiled by her big brothers Alex, Jaiden and Josh.

Santa, meanwhile, who had been granted a special travel permit, was a busy man. Leah Healy from Ballydesmond got a Peppa Pig House, an Ice Cream Cart and Barbies. "She was delighted and we had a lovely Christmas," her Mum Catriona said.

Emily O'Sullivan in Kanturk was delighted with her presents. Her parents, Joanne and JJ, told The Corkman that they were really happy to be able to celebrate with family at home in Kanturk. "Unfortunately my sister Ciara was not able to make it home from Australia due to the restrictions but we were able to chat to her on Christmas Day on Facetime," Joanne said.

Needless to say, families were missing loved ones they couldn't be with this Christmas. "Like everyone, we had a quiet Christmas, but we missed our family from Tipperary and the UK," Samantha Fernihough from Mallow told The Corkman.

In Banteer, Rosemary Fleming, who recently purchased Buckley's Café in Kanturk, said that the family enjoyed a beautiful and quiet day together. "The virus is horrible but there is much to learn from what it has forced us to endure," Rosemary said, "and the quiet and peace of being at home this Christmas with immediate family is a blessing," she added.


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