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Golden celebrations for John and Mary

WHEN John and Mary Kelly married, it was a few months before the assassination of JFK and around the time of Beatlemania. They tied the knot in Luton on September 7, 1963 and their golden anniversary was celebrated in August, a little bit ahead of the exact date. The couple have seven children and Mary says the celebrations were moved ahead to make sure all the family were in Shannon for it. “The reason we had the anniversary then was that we have a son, Michael, who is working in Africa. He happened to be at home so we had it then. We wanted us all to be together.” Michael is actually based in the north but is in Africa as part of his job. However, the rest of their children are all relatively nearby. As well as their seven children, they have 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, who is a daily visitor, according to Mary. “The great grandchild would …

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