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Sun shines on Crossmolina’s blue sapphire couple


HALE AND HEARTY Dr Mick Loftus and his wife Edith celebrated 65 years of marriage on Sunday last.

Anton McNulty

IT was a very special Easter weekend for Crossmolina couple Mick and Edith Loftus, who celebrated their blue sapphire wedding anniversary.
On April 4, 1956, Dr Mick Loftus married Edith Munnelly in St Tiernan’s Church, Crossmolina, and 65 years later the well-known happy couple were inundated with well-wishes from all over the world.
As a a former President of the GAA and All-Ireland winner with Mayo, Dr Mick is one of the most well-known personalities in the county. However, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the celebrations were low-key, with only close family members calling to their home in Crossmolina.
Their son Cllr Michael Loftus told The Mayo News that his parents are both in good form and really enjoyed the day. The celebration was made better by the glorious sunshine which allowed them to sit outside and meet callers who wished them well.
“To celebrate 65 years of marriage is a great achievement and they are both in good form and enjoyed the day. They had a good day. They are like everybody they are all housebound due to Covid, and it is frustrating for them that they can’t have people to call and visit them. They have some lovely neighbours around them at the moment who call to them and brought flowers and sweets to them for the anniversary,” he explained.
Three of Mick and Edith’s four children live in Mayo and they are able to visit them at different times during the day, but their son Patrick lives in America and was unable to join them.
Cllr Loftus added that his parents both recently received their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, and they are looking forward to many more years together.
“We have lovely carers who are good to them, which is a great thing for them,” he said.
“Even though they are not as mobile as they used to be they still live at home and are both in good form. My father still likes to get out for a spin and meet people when he can. The big thing with my father is to put his hand out to shake a person’s hand, and sometimes he forgets about Covid when he puts the hand out.”
Cllr Loftus said his parents feel very fortunate to have be surrounded by so many caring people, adding that it is fitting, as they were always so good to others.