When Sean O’Grady invited Kitty Costello to the pictures, little did they know that 50 years later they would look back on that night and look back even more fondly on 50 years of marriage.
ormer Mayor of Killarney Sean O’Grady and his wife, Kitty, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary last Thursday, October 22.
Though the celebrations were somewhat muted given the current pandemic, the couple are planning a big celebration to mark the occasion and to re-unite with their family when COVID times have passed.
Sean first set eyes on Kitty in a pub where she helped out from time to time in Killarney.
He bumped into her a few weeks later and invited her on their first date, and the rest is history, as they say.
Fifty years of marriage is no mean feat, but Sean and Kitty are taking the momentous anniversary in their stride. Both believe that ‘compromise’ is key to a good marriage, showing that the couple are very much on the same page after all these years.
“Compromise is key and to remain kind to the other person. It seems to have worked,” said Sean. He says that Kitty was a huge support to him down through the years, particularly while he was serving as a councillor.
Kitty says she can’t believe how quickly the years went by.
“It just flew by, it was a roller-coaster. There were such busy times,” she told The Kerryman. “The secret is give and take. It can’t all be about yourself. It wouldn’t work.”
Sean and Kitty were married in St John’s Church in Ballybunion, where Kitty is originally from, and had a reception at the Manhattan Hotel, now the Ballygarry House Hotel. The couple settled in Fairhill in Killarney before buying a site in Ardshanavooley to build their home, and this is where the couple still live today, in a home that has wonderful memories, not least raising their five children – Sean, Cathal, Vanessa, Ruairí and Ciarán,