Townleys celebrate 50 years
Well known local couple Paddy and Patricia Townley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family meal in the Monasterboice Inn last weekend.
The couple, who run Townley's Undertakers, were joined by their four children and ten grandchildren for the celebration as well as Patricia's sister Catherine Rice, who was her maid of honour on the day, and Paddy's brother Seamus Townley who was his best man. 'They got married on January 28th 1967 and we had the party on Saturday 28th so it was literally 50 years to the day, which was lovely,' says the couple's daughter Paula.
Fifty years on from their big day, the couple were surrounded by their four children and ten grandchildren, including the latest edition Kayla who was just one week old when the party took place and slept through the big occasion! They were also joined by other family members, including Paddy's brother and his wife
Paddy, from Drogheda and Patricia, originally from Togher, met in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital when Patricia was a patient and Paddy was an ambulance driver. 'Dad used to go and visit her and take her for a spin round the wards in the wheelchair!,' explains Paula.
The pair married in St Burchill's Church in Dysart and went on to have four children; Barbara, Paula, Morris and Aidan, all of whom are involved in the family business, which the couple started back in 1988. They built Drogheda's first ever funeral home in 1992 and last year were recognised for their compassionate and dedicated service to the town at the Chamber Awards where they won the award for 'Best Professional Service.'
'It was an absolutely brilliant night,' says Paula.
The East Meath villages of Slane, Julianstown and Duleek have all been named in the government's new 'Rent Pressure Zones' strategy.
However, local politicians have expresed their concerns that no area in Drogheda or County Louth have been included. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd said he was: 'Extremely disappointed by the decision to overlook Drogheda on the list of newly designated Rent Pressure Zone's. Rents have never been higher in the Drogheda and the greater Louth area, and only last year County Louth was recognised by the Department as having some of the highest rents in Ireland.'
Senator Ged Nash described the move as 'an administrative circus'. 'Renters in Highlands will be protected by a 4% cap, while their neighbours across the road in Riverbank won't,' he said. 'The cap applies to a Millmount Abbey renter, but the family they can see out their window in Meadowview will have no such protection. This kind of administrative circus affects people's lives and clearly shows why we need to move these estates into Drogheda so we can treat the area as one from a governance perspective.