Saturday, 25 July 2009


The way they were !
The world remembers July 1969 as the historic date when the first man walked on the moon , Neil Armstrong , uttering these words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Five days later at Our Lady Queen of Peace church in Limerick my brother, Tony and his Bride Kathleen uttered these equally momentous words “ I do ” as they exchanged their wedding vows on July 26 th. Tomorrow they celebrate 40 years of sharing their lives together in a ‘ruby’ wedding anniversary. Rubies are said to be rarer than diamonds and symbolise health wealth and wisdom and, of course, passion! Tony and Kathleen enjoy a good relationship together and the span of four decades seems to have ,if anything , strengthened the bonds between them. So congratulations to my brother and his wife on this significant day in their life ‘voyage’ together. Below are the lyrics of Limerick man Johnny Duhan’s song ‘The Voyage’, and as Tony has a fine singing voice perhaps over the next 24 hours he might serenade Kathleen with these powerful words “navigating to the shores of the heart
Gerard O'Shea

Lovestruck in 1968

I am a sailor, you're my first mate
We signed on together, we coupled our fate
Hauled up our anchor, determined not to fail
For the hearts treasure, together we set sail

With no maps to guide us we steered our own course
Rode out the storms when the winds were gale force
Sat out the doldrums in patience and hope
Working together we learned how to cope


With daughter Deirdre


Life is an ocean, love is a boat
In troubled waters, it keeps us afloat
When we started the voyage, there was just me and you
Now gathered round us, we have our own crew

Together we're in this relationship
We built it with care to last the whole trip
Our true destination's not marked on any charts
We're navigating to the shores of the heart

Chorus 2x


Mike said...

Congrats. What an adventure you have had. Any words of wisdom for those of us who are newer to the marriage game?

Joy said...

Congratulations to Tony and Kathleen - wow, 40 years, that's some record. May they enjoy many more years together.

Tony said...

Congratulations to Tony and Kathleen and may I say that Time has been kind to both of you.