Tuesday 23 October 2018

Eamonn and Alma celebrate 50th

After Dark

Eamonn and Alma Delany celebrated their golden wedding anniversary recently surrounded by family and friends at a party in the Boyne Valley Hotel.

It was a trip down memory lane for the pair, who held their wedding reception in the same hotel, and the band playing even featured Eoin Lynch who was part of the resident hotel band on the night of the couple's wedding back in 1967.

'David Leddy and Eoin Lynch were there playing with a band on the Saturday night of the party and Eoin said he played in a resident band in the hotel going back the years and he remembered playing at wedding,' says their son Alan.

The couple also celebrated the event with a Mass in Duleek Church on October 11th, the same date and church in which the pair made their original vows and they were also delighted to receive a blessing from the Pope.

Eamonn has worked with horses all his life and still trains race horses at the couple's home in Corballis, Laytown.

He won a townscup for Delvin in the late 1960s and rode his first winner at Laytown as an amateur jockey when he was just 13 years old.

He is also a committee member of both Laytown and Bellewstown Racecourse. And it was through a mutual love of horses that the couple first met.

There son Alan explains: 'A friend of Mum's brought her to Navan races one day and introduced her to Dad on the day.'

Eamonn has lived in Corballis all his life while Alma is originally from Duleek.

Alma would be well known through her work with greyhounds and has bred and trained a number of very successful dogs over the years.

With this kind of pedigree, it's no wonder their four children grew up with a love of animals. Alan is involved with the horses, Mark works at and both Ruth and Jean are keen horse lovers.

There four children were all present at the party, with Jean flying home from Australia especially for the occasion, and they were also joined by extended family and friends including some who had travelled all the way for Denmark to help them celebrate.

Alan said the couple had a fantastic night and enjoyed every minute of the celebrations and the part.

He thanked everyone who came along and made the event so special. After the party the couple headed off to Tenerife for a well deserved holiday, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

And Alan had one final tip from his dad, revealing that Yaha Fizz was a horse to watch for the year ahead!

Drogheda Independent