A wedding in 1972 was a lot more affordable.
So says Henry Hayes of the famous Hayes’ ice cream shop in Campile, producing receipts from his honeymoon in Ireland that June.
Henry married Mary Kehoe, also from Campile, on June 17, 1972.
They met at the Barrowland ballroom, where Henry played regularly with The Kingston Showband.
The happy couple were married in St James’s Church, Glenmore, Mary having lived in the village for a time after her family moved there.
They had 55 guests at the morning wedding, retiring to the Majestic Hotel in Tramore afterwards, where everyone enjoyed a seafood starter, followed by steak, for the sum of £118.
Henry warmly recalls their honeymoon trip across Ireland, stopping in the Walter Rally Hotel in Youghal, where accommodation for one night came to £3. The next stop was Scott’s Hotel in Killarney where a whopping £7.55 was spent for a two-night stay, including 5pc Government tax and a 10pc service charge.
£8.62 was spent at the Grand Hotel in Salthill, Galway for two nights, prior to the couple parting with a fiver at the Marina Hotel in Bray, for two nights B&B.
Henry said to book a hotel at short notice now in Ireland in June would cost up to €300!
At the time Henry lived in a flat in Rosbercon Castle, prior to the couple moving to Abbeyview in 1974.
Mary was well known from running a hairdressers on Mary Street with the late Kay O’Brien, while Henry owned a shop on the quay near PN O’Gorman’s auctioneers.
When Robert Barron’s premises came up for sale in Campile, Henry jumped at the chance and the shop continues to this day, known for its ice cream, which saw people travel from across the county even during Covid lockdown times.
Henry attributes his and Mary’s long relationship to having common interests and making time for each other.
"We are both working people. Mary had two businesses at one time so most of the time was spent discussing business. We would eat and drink out a bit and enjoyed many holidays together and then we were raising the children, Trevor and Celine.”
The couple moved into a house they built just outside the village, where they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in June with their children, son-in-law Neil Barrett, daughter-in-law Jackie De Lacey and grandchildren: Conor, Aoife, Dylan, Zach and Elliott.