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This morning.

On Cork 96FM Opinion Line with PJ Coogan

Deirdre O’Shaughnessy writes;

Youghal hair stylist Donna Savage (above) was supposed to marry her fiance yesterday, so despite the wedding being postponed due to COVID19, she headed for the church all dressed up!

She’s now hoping to sell her wedding dress worth €2700 to raise money for PPE for frontline workers. Donna is a member of Youghal Coastguard and her fiance is a frontline worker at the local hospital….


From top: Pals Michael O’Sullivan and Mattie Murphy outside Lilliput Stores, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7; Mattie outside Lilliput

Shortly before Christmas in 2017, friends for almost 30 years Mattie Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan got married.

Mattie married Michael in order to allow his friend avoid paying inheritance tax on his home in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

This morning, Mattie passed away.

Pride of Place Stoneybatter writes:

“This morning after 4am, Stoneybatter lost a true legend, Mattie Murphy.

“As news trickled across the streets of Stoneybatter and beyond, everyone is remembering Mattie, his beautiful smile, kind soul, his infectious laugh and his great style.

“A proud Tipperary man with his heart in Tipp and in Stoneybatter, Mattie died peacefully with his best friend, Michael, by his side. Mattie, a ‘former butler, valet, head of house, telephonist, model, actor, husband, stepfather and utter gentleman.’

“Chats were always welcomed at Lilliput Stores with Mattie having a cuppa and a cig outside and hearty laughs were guaranteed with the storytelling and sharing of anecdotes.

“Mattie had time for anyone that stopped by and along his walks across Stoneybatter including many a furry friend as he loved dogs.

“A great supporter of the Stoneybatter community and attended local events right up to Christmas just gone.

“Mattie loved Stoneybatter Festival and President Michael D was thrilled to meet Mattie at the 2018 Festival.

“At the 2019 Festival, Mattie with his best friend, Michael, featured in local Andrew Kohn’s highly acclaimed Humans of Stoneybatter.”

“Mattie will be reposing at his home 45 Niall Street this Wednesday from approx 1pm and Thursday morning ’til late for all to say their goodbyes and there will be stories and laughter for sure.

“Mattie’s funeral will be taking place Friday at St. John’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Cashel, Co. Tipperary at 3pm.

“Michael has asked that donations be made to the NCBI in lieu of flowers.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”


Pride Of Place Stoneybatter (Facebook)


“People have redefined what marriage means to them. Marriage is more popular than ever – which is unusual – you might think that with, perhaps, the demise, a little, of the Catholic Church and people turning towards a more secular society that that wouldn’t be so, but actually people are still looking for that commitment and we do marriage very well in Ireland!”

Dr. Lorraine Mancey O’Brien, Director at Irish Institute of Celebrants

A playback of Liam Geraghty on the business of getting hitched in Ireland for ‘The Business’ on RTÉ Radio 1 at the weekend.


FIGHT/decree nisi!

Top pic: Marriage Equality wedding fair last year with from left: Ed O’Leary and Joanna Charles, Rachel McCaffrey and Nikki Kavanagh, Mark Burns and Anthony Maher.