We begin with the day before the wedding. Betty, Elsie and Hilda – Veronica’s mam and two sisters – are on their way to Ireland on the ferry. The crossing is much calmer than they’d feared and, as they travel, they wonder whether Kathleen will remember them. Elsie remembers how close Veronica and Kathleen had been as children. Betty is wondering what her daughter’s life would have been like had she married Terry Dooley. She’s convinced that it would have been an unhappy marriage and is glad that Kathleen had come to the rescue – as she always had. She feels sorry that Kathleen won’t be at the wedding.
She tells Elsie and Hilda how Kathleen’s dada had helped the family when they were small and their own dada had been sick. How Veronica had stayed with Kathleen at her house to help out. She says that she’ll certainly never forget the help they’d been given by Kathleen’s family during the terrible winter of 1947. Hilda asks her mam about Dublin – will they be able to see where her mam lived when she was small, but is told that its sure to have been demolished. They take a taxi from the port to their accommodation in Dublin, not realising that Sean and Kathleen are only five minutes away.
On the day of the wedding, Kathleen and Sean arrive at the church half an hour before the service is due to start. The church is almost empty apart from three women that they hardly notice as they pass them. As they sit, Kathleen feels that someone’s eyes are on her and, when she looks around, she sees that it’s Betty and two younger women. She realises that they’re Elsie and Hilda. There are tearful hugs. Betty tells Kathleen that they’re there to surprise Veronica, but wants to know how Kathleen knew about the wedding. Kathleen explains and introduces Sean and assures Betty that Arthur is a really nice man. Soon afterwards, he arrives with his best man, Martin. Kathleen introduces him to Betty and the girls. He goes to let the priest know that there’s going to be a surprise reunion beforehand.
Mary opens the church door to let Veronica in. Veronica sees Kathleen and Sean first, and then recognises that it’s her family who’s stood with them. She’s overcome with happiness. Elsie asks whether they’ll be stood there all day. or will there be a wedding: that her groom is waiting for her.
Arthur feels that he’s the happiest man alive as he leaves the church with his wife on his arm. Taxis whisk them all off to an up-and-coming restaurant, where the owner is only to happy to cater for the extra numbers. Martin and Mary are getting along fine and Sean is taking photographs. Kathleen has provided a wedding cake. The happy couple defer the start of their honeymoon so that, the following day, they can show Betty and the girls around Dublin.
Kathleen and Sean are returning to the farmhouse that night, and when they say their goodbyes, they promise that they’ll arrange for Veronica and Arthur to meet up with them once Betty and the girls have gone home.
Tomorrow – a fishing trip with Jonah
Today’s featured photo is another one from Sneem on the Ring of Kerry. Taken with my Pentax K3-ii camera and 16-85 mm lens, the shutter speed was 1/125 secs, the aperture f/8, the focal length 23 mm and the ISO 400.