Cork couple celebrate 71st wedding anniversary but cannot celebrate together

Cork couple celebrate 71st wedding anniversary but cannot celebrate together
Craig and Mary McKechnie. Photo: RTE Liveline.

A Cork couple are celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary, but for the first time they can’t celebrate together.

Craig and Mary McKechnie, who previously owned and ran McKechnie Cleaning Services, were married on this day in 1949. However, Craig had a stroke before Christmas last year and has been living in St Luke’s Home in Mahon since.

Craig’s daughter Avril Musgrave, speaking on Liveline on RTÉ Radio One today, said that it was difficult not being able to see him at the moment with Covid-19 restrictions.

“He was and always is a family man. It is pretty difficult at the moment because we can’t see him. St Luke’s was one of the first (nursing homes) to close their doors, and I think it was because of their expediency that we have dad today - Covid-free as we speak - but unfortunately neither mum nor the rest of the family can see him.

“St Luke's Home is absolutely fantastic, and the care that dad is receiving. That is a very good positive note,” Avril said, adding that video calling would be how the 71st wedding anniversary would be celebrated.

Craig turns 95 this summer, while his wife Mary turns 93. The couple had eight children, they have 15 grandchildren, and they’ve got 14 great grandchildren all over the world.

Their daughter said that family was their key to a long-lasting marriage.

“I think family has to be number one and the fact that all of us kids...kept them on their toes, plus the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family is all important,” Avril said.

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