Martin Considine and Mary McGrath, with a combined age of 169 years, became Ireland’s ‘vintage’ couple when they walked down the aisle of the same cathedral on October 22 last year. Martin, aged 83, died on Sunday in a Limerick hospital, with Mary, aged 86, at his bedside.
Martin was taken to the hospital a week ago suffering from kidney failure.
Patricia McGrath, a niece of Mary, said her aunt sat beside Martin’s bed every day he was in hospital.
She said: “He was brought in a week ago with kidney failure. They were very devoted to each other and she was at his bed for the last week. It’s a very sad time, but she is delighted with the time that they spent together. They were extremely happy.”
Martin and Mary met 10 years ago at the Good Shepherd Convent day care centre and Martin popped the question last June.
The removal takes place from Cross’s funeral home this evening at 7pm to St John’s Cathedral and the burial will take place tomorrow at Mount St Oliver cemetery.