A Dublin couple has been celebrating 65 years of wedded bliss with a garden party in their home in Monkstown.

Jack and May Healy, both aged 94, have been cocooned in the house for several weeks due to Covid-19 restrictions.

They were able to mark the day with family members - including their three children - who live within two kilometres of their home.

'It's very difficult, but it has to be done. There's no other way around it. We'd love to see the whole family, but we can't. It would have been lovely to have them all here, as we do every year', said Jack. 

Jack and May had a great surprise when they opened the front door

The couple has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren who sent their well-wishes from further afield, including Dubai.

"I think they're getting a great kick out of it and we're delighted to be able to acknowledge an amazing achievement".

Their eldest son, Paul Healy, said it was important for the family to be able to mark the anniversary "in some small way". 

He continued: "Not being able to go into the house and having to keep our distance does impact on it all, but needs must and this is where we're at. I think they're getting a great kick out of it and we're delighted to be able to acknowledge an amazing achievement, 65 years of marriage."

Jack and May on their wedding day

Jack and May are originally from Cork. They were married at St Agnes' Church in Crumlin in Dublin on the 12 April, 1955.

After 65 years, the Healys say they may have found the key to a long and successful marriage. 'She's the boss, I follow her, that's the secret', says Jack. 

The extended family plans to have a larger celebration when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. 

The couple's daughter, Ann Maher, said the postponed event was "something to look forward to' at a tough time.

"It's awful not to be able to go into the house when they need help. They live here unaided, they've no carers except for the family, so it's very difficult not being able to go over the threshold."