Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage, RTÉ One, Monday, November 6th at 9.35pm
Golden explores each couple’s journey from courtship to the present day. Reflecting on key events including: how they met; their wedding day; their wedding night; the purchase of their first home; the news of impending parenthood; death and illness, these couples reveal what makes love and marriage work.
Against a backdrop of social, political and technological change, these ordinary couples have journeyed together, finding a way of navigating the waters of marriage – from youth to old age – dealing with whatever life threw at them. Together.
The couples discuss what they think of modern courtships and how different things were when they got married.
Their experiences will take the viewer on a moving trip down memory lane filled with old photographs, faded letters, vintage clothes and dusty memorabilia completely captivating the viewer with the story of their marriage. Some will love each other, some may simply have grown accustomed to each other but one thing is sure – they are all golden.
Our couples include:
Ned and Eileen Cusack
Married for 73 years Ned and Eileen may even be Ireland’s oldest married couple. Parents to seven children, they live in Lough Corrib.
Pat and Kathleen Mulcahy
Together 52 years, Pat and Kathleen live in Cork. Pat is ex NYPD and the couple moved back to Ireland after he was badly injured on the job. They have three children and founded Project Children which brought young people from the North during the Troubles to experience a different life in America.
Michael and Mary Burns
Michael and Mary are 50 years married, having met in London and started married life there. They moved back to Ireland 20 years ago and ran a pub in Galway. They experienced the heartache of discovering that Mary was unable to have children but have remained steadfast in their love for each other throughout.
Joan and Pierce Butler
Joan and Pierce are married 54 years and have known each other, literally, their whole lives having grown up on the same road in Rathgar. They are parents to eight kids. They had, what was known then, as a mixed marriage – Pierce was Protestant but converted to Catholicism to be with Joan.
Jack and Eileen Cotter
West Cork couple Jack and Eileen Cotter married just months after discovering that she was pregnant. They married for love.
Johnny and Lucy Madden
Johnny and Lucy are 50 years married and have four kids. They met in London and married. Johnny inherited the Hilton Park estate in Monaghan and they came back to live there. Their son Fred runs Hilton now.
Paddy and Joan Darcy
Paddy and Joan Darcy met in Inchicore and were married 55 years ago. At 76 years of age, he still works as a decorator. Joan goes to the gym every day and the love to ballroom dance together. Three years ago, Joan was barely able to move, suffering from arthritis, but with medication and regular exercise, she and Paddy are now waltzing their way into each other’s hearts all over again.
Kees and Anneke Vogelaar
54 years married, Kees and Anneke moved to Ireland more than 50 years ago from Holland and bought an apple farm. You may have sampled their produce – one of their clients is Bulmers! Kees and Anneke suffered one of the worst hardships a parent can endure when their son passed away and they speak openly and frankly about the impact that has had on them.