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inseparable Limerick man pays tribute to 'amazing' wife who died just hours after they were married

'We are taking an urn to Denmark and leaving one in Ireland as her love was split between both countries'

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Billy and Simone were wed just hours before she passed away Photo: The Kerryman

Billy and Simone were wed just hours before she passed away Photo: The Kerryman

Billy and Simone were wed just hours before she passed away Photo: The Kerryman

The body of the wife of a Limerick man who died just hours after they were married will be cremated later today. 

Billy and Simone Rowan were the first couple to be wed in the Kerry Writers’ Museum in Listowel when they exchanged vows last Saturday.

Billy, who met Simone on the Camino in Spain seven years ago, told how he rushed her to hospital where she passed away on the night of their wedding.

“This was our fourth attempt at a happy life together,” Billy told The Kerryman. “Simone got diagnosed (with cancer) on October 23 last year and it has been dominos since. We’d get good news, then more bad news, more bad news, followed by a little bit of good news.”

However, Simone who was originally from Denmark, insisted on travelling over to Ireland last week for the nuptials.

As her illness worsened she was admitted to University Hospital Kerry on Wednesday night.

“But she signed herself out because she was adamant we were going to get married,” Billy said.

“The ceremony was actually beautiful, absolutely beautiful.”

Afterwards, Billy watched as his new wife passed away in his arms.

“We are taking an urn to Denmark and leaving one in Ireland as her love was split between both countries,” Billy explained.

He also paid tribute to Simone, who, he said, had fallen in love with Mountcollins and Ireland.

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“Simone made me feel like I was 20 again,” Billy said. “I met her on the first day of the Camino seven years ago and we were inseparable ever since. We had adventure after adventure and eventually decided to take the plunge and get married again.

“She was just amazing, she lit up every room and though nearly 60 looked to be still in her forties. She didn’t think much of me in the first few hours we met in Port Marine on the Camino, thinking I was another crazy Irishman,” Billy added.

“We barely left each other’s company since. I would travel to Denmark so often, flying 14 times over in one year, that I recall waking up after a short nap on a Ryanair flight once not knowing if I was on my way to Denmark or back home,” he recalled.

The RIP.ie page for Simone Quaade Rowan of Mountcollins, Limerick and Vanloos, Copenhagen, Denmark says she died on October the 17 (suddenly), “to the inexpressible grief of her husband Billy, her daughters Ea and Sif, her granddaughter, Athena and her sister Elise.

“Loved by her brother in law Jacob, her nephew Christian, nieces Cornelia and Amelia, her wider relations, the Rowan Family, work colleagues, kind neighbours and a wide circle of friends,” it adds.

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