KILDIMO woman, Sile O’Grady is hoping to make it a Limerick double on August 18. Victory on the day would mean a day out in Croke Park for hurling zealots and also for Sile and her cousin, captain Donal O’Grady as well as a day-out at her own wedding for Sile and partner Jim, now known by his Irish nickname, Seamus.
And, says Sile, if she and Seamus, succeed in the Win our Wedding competition which they have entered, Limerick business will also be a winner as they would be spending the €20,000 prize money on their wedding in Limerick.
However, as it is the couple who receives the highest amount of votes is the winner, Sile is appealing to Limerick pride for support and votes.
“My other half, Jim Bishop, is a Texan boy, who got the Irish nickname Seamus, and we met in South Korea where we taught English to kids. We went from being neighbours to being friends, to boyfriend and girlfriend in about two months,” Sile explains.
“I was won over by his lovely smile and the all important “good manners” that Mam had always drilled into us! We fell in love and decided we would get married in the future. We even started saving up for the big day.”
However, one day in late March, Sile’s mother Carmel rang to say she was needed at home. “My father, Tom, was losing his fight with cancer and there wasn’t much time left. It was a big shock, but we packed up everything and left Korea immediately,” Sile continues.
“I brought Seamus with me to meet my parents and he won them over straight away, as he is a true Southern gentleman. When I saw how sick my Dad was, I realised he wouldn’t make it to our wedding and I got very upset.”
“The staff at Milford Hospice were outstanding and they organised a wedding blessing for us in no time, so we could have Dad there with us. It was a sad but beautiful day. Dad was over the moon and he made me promise him that we would have at least 40 years of happiness together, like him and Mam had had,” Sile adds.
Unfortunately, none of Seamus’ family and friends were able to make it to Limerick for the blessing and sadly, two weeks later, Tom, who was originally from Ballingarry, died.
Now, with grief still raw, Sile is hoping that winning this competition, which is organised by the Irish Daily Mirror, could help them have a dream wedding. “It would be a wonderful opportunity for us and our families to come together and have something to celebrate after such sadness.”
“We need the people of Limerick to get behind us and support us with this competition,” she goes on.” In turn, we will put the money back in to Limerick and be forever grateful to the natives of the city and country where I grew up.”
To vote, text WOW220 to 57777 or go to www.winourwedding.ie and click on the “Voting” section to vote for Sile & Seamus. Texts cost €1.50 and count as one vote. Online voting is €2.50 for three votes and €5 for seven votes. You can vote multiple times and the voting ends at midnight on Sunday August 18.