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Hughie and Dorothy Byrne raise money for charity while celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary

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Walter Kent (secretary IKA Wexford), Dorothy and Hughie Doyle and Liam Buttle (IKA Wexford).

Walter Kent (secretary IKA Wexford), Dorothy and Hughie Doyle and Liam Buttle (IKA Wexford).

Walter Kent (secretary IKA Wexford), Dorothy and Hughie Doyle and Liam Buttle (IKA Wexford).

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THE 25th wedding anniversary celebrations of a couple in County Wexford proved to be a double celebration as the event also raised money for the Irish Kidney Association.

Dorothy and Hughie Byrne, from Kiltealy, were married on July 5, 1997, and they recently celebrated their milestone anniversary in Bowe’s Pub, in the village.

Speaking to the Enniscorthy Guardian, Dorothy said they decided to use the occasion for a good cause too and put donations boxes on the counter in the pub so that guests could voluntarily make a contribution if they wished.

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However, the two of them were delighted and surprised at the level of support the fundraiser received with €1,000 being raised.

“It was fantastic and we were really delighted with it,” said Dorothy.

The couple took great pleasure in being able to hand over the cheque to the Waterford branch of the Irish Kidney Association with the money graciously accepted on behalf of the branch by Walter Kent and Liam Buttle, who are both involved with IKA Wexford.

“We’d really like to thank all the staff in Bowe’s, and especially thank Sheila and Claire who helped make it such a good night,” said Dorothy.

“We’d also like to thank everyone who donated to such a good cause and we very much appreciated it,” she added.

Music and hot food was provided by Bowe’s and the couple were very appreciative of that and such was the success of the fundraising aspect of the night that Dorothy and Hughie are hoping to organise another fundraiser next year, possibly in March or April, and are hoping it might take the form of a tractor run.


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