Nothing could keep New Ross lovebirds John Butler and Amanda Mylett from tying the knot on Saturday at St & St Michael’s Parish Church.
A diagnosis of MS in 2017 saw New Ross man John Butler forced to give up on his dream of becoming a garda, suddenly facing into an unknown future, possibly in a wheelchair.
But he achieved his dream in the summer of 2020 – having battled MS, weight issues and depression – when he got to return part-time to work as a Garda Reserve officer, four stone lighter having completed a Slimming World programme.
Last year John’s world was rocked to its core with news that Amanda needed a bone marrow transplant and was gravely ill.
"She is in deep remission. A year ago it was touch and go for a while as she had one really rare mutation,” said John.
It transpired that Amanda was one of only three Irish people to have that mutation, leading to great uncertainty and anxiety for the couple and their families.
"We didn’t know what was going to happen but everything seems to have been Ok. She has been in and out of hospital a lot, spending six months in total inside last year.”
Together nine years, John said the couple were feeling very excited and nervous ahead of the big day.
"Her Mam and Dad got Covid but we said we’d go ahead with it as we don’t know what tomorrow brings. With my MS I know |I’ll get weaker, but thankfully at the moment it’s very stable.”
John (37) said he loves working as a Garda Reserve, even if he hasn’t been able to volunteer as much lately due to Amanda’s illness.
They were joined by family and friends on Saturday for what was a magical occasion. Their daughter Amy (14) was bridesmaid and Hayley (8) was the flower girl.
The happy couple enjoyed a meal afterwards at the Rhu Glen Hotel, followed by wedding photos at the Japanese Gardens in Tramore.