Kilkenny farmer met future wife in A&E and asked her to marry him a week later!

He was getting his nose straightened - She had two black eyes from a camogie match

Sean Keane


Sean Keane


RTE series features Kilkenny couple

Ear To The Ground presenter, Helen Carroll with PJ and Marley Irish at their home in Slieverue, South Kilkenny

Kilkenny dairy farmer PJ Irish met his artist wife Marley while they were both attending A&E with injuries received on the hurling field!
“He was getting his nose straightened and I was sporting two black eyes and a gash on my forehead from a camogie match. He asked me to marry him a week later," she told RTE's Helen Carroll.

You can watch and hear their fantastic story on RTE One television's Ear to the Ground on Thursday, January 24 at 7pm.

Today the couple run a thriving dairy farm in South Kilkenny, milking 92 cows and raising calves to beef. But it’s not just a farm - there is a painter's studio and gallery where Marley paints and exhibits her artwork. The couple are also members of the local Eigse drama group and regularly hold rehearsals in the gallery.” It has become kind of a community facility “ says Marley. 

Helen Carroll who is also from Kilkenny spent the day with them both and sees the artistic side of their dairy farm.