LAST week a Piltown couple gathered with their family to celebrate fifty years of marriage. Ned and Kathleen Butler said I do on January 9, 1963 in Piltown Church and fifty years and eight children later, the family gathered to celebrate a fantastic golden wedding anniversary.
Ned, a committed farmer all his life at Harristown, wanted a January wedding so as not to clash with the busy times on their family farm in Harristown so Kathleen, from Ballygowan agreed.
That morning fifty years ago, the area was covered in snow but true to form Ned arrived in a tractor, and the rest, as they say is history.
Kathleen gave up her job as a confectioner to begin work with Ned on the family farm and together they raised eight children - Noreen (Kenneally), Catherine, Edmond, Teresa (Brown), Phil, Richard, Louise, and Patrick. While Kathleen may have given up her job, she certainly did not give up the baking and was an outstanding neighbour making many wedding cakes for locals in particular over the years.
The couple stayed in Harristown all their life, raised their family and also have nine grand children. Their son Patrick continues the family tradition of farming after Ned retired. Two of Ned and Kathleen’s children live abroad, one in Canada and the other in London but all gathered for this fantastic family occasion and here’s hoping for many more years of fun and enjoyment for Ned and Kathleen together in Harristown.