Double the celebrations for Wexford twins Betty and Mary

By Amy Lewis

Valerie Kehoe, Betty Roche, Mary O Reilly and Trina O' Reilly at the joint bash.
Valerie Kehoe, Betty Roche, Mary O Reilly and Trina O' Reilly at the joint bash.
Betty celebrated her 80th birthday in the Talbot with husband Peter, daughter Valerie Kehoe and grandchildren Katie and Kevin Kehoe.

Sisters Betty Roche and Mary O'Reilly thought that the party was over following their separate birthday lunches last week but little did they know, the festivities had just begun.

The twins, who had just marked their eightieth birthday, got double the celebrations when their families threw them a surprise bash in the Farmer's Kitchen the following day. According to Betty's daughter Valerie, the plans were kept under wraps until the big occasion.

'They hadn't a clue!' she said. 'We brought mammy out to Johnstown Castle for coffee, went shopping and then pretended we were just going to the Farmer's Kitchen for lunch. It was big surprise. They couldn't believe it.'

The pair were joined by close friends and family members, including Betty's husband Peter, former mayor of Wexford.

'Everyone really enjoyed it,' said Valerie. 'The separate family parties were lovely but it was great to give them a big surprise too!'

Originally from John's Street, Mary and Betty went their separate ways for many years when Mary relocated to England. She recently moved home after 30 years and now lives in Enniscorthy, while Betty lives in Wexford town. The twins meet up regularly for some tea and a good catch up.

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