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Offaly couple tie the knot 40 years after they first met

Mary Long and John Bermingham

Mary Long and John Bermingham

Neil Fetherston

An elderly Offaly couple who exchanged vows more than 40 years after they first met have delighted the internet.

Farmer John Bermingham (86) and his long-time love Mary Long (83) were married in the civil marriage registration room in Tullamore Health Centre this afternoon.

The marriage was witnessed by John's daughter Carolyn Bermingham and her husband John Fitzgerald, who travelled from their home in Holycross, Co Tipperary for the ceremony.

The only other people to attend the intimate wedding were Carolyn and John's twin daughters, Robbyn and Alison.

John Bermingham grew up in Terenure, Dublin and his father Jack, an Offaly native, played rugby for Ireland in 1921.

The groom later moved to Ballybryan, Rhode and became well-known locally as an expert horseman.

Mary, originally from Turner's Cross, Cork city, was a Dublin-based beauty consultant and keen swimmer in her younger days and was delighted to style up for her day out.

A post on Facebook about the marriage prompted many congratulations and best wished.

“Awh so beautiful may ye have many years of happiness,” one person wrote while another added: “Beautiful story”…with the obligatory love heart emojis.

And with the Covid-19 restrictions imposed on the day John did reflect afterwards: "It's a pity we all can't go for a drink."

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