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Saturday 16 December 2017

Cancer-battle bride weds the love of her life in ‘beautiful ceremony’

Christine Gibbons & Vincent Callaghan during their wedding at St Francis Xavier Street Gardener Street Church, Dublin
Christine Gibbons & Vincent Callaghan during their wedding at St Francis Xavier Street Gardener Street Church, Dublin
Christine Gibbons & her father Val arrive for her wedding to Vincent Callaghan at St Francis Xavier Street Gardener Street Church, Dublin
Christine Gibbons & Vincent Callaghan during their wedding at St Francis Xavier Street Gardener Street Church, Dublin
Christine Gibbons & Vincent Callaghan during their wedding at St Francis Xavier Street Gardener Street Church, Dublin

A Dublin woman battling terminal cancer had her wish come true by marrying her fiance of 17 years.

Christine Gibbons (38) and Vincent Callaghan (43) wed in an emotional ceremony in St Francis Xavier’s Church in Gardiner Street yesterday.

Christine, from Dorset Street, was told by doctors in December that her cancer is terminal.

But the beautiful bride smiled her way through her special day and then had a drinks reception at the Mansion House.

“It was a beautiful ceremony. I’ve always wanted to get married since I was younger. After 20 years together it’s about time,” she said.

“I wouldn’t care if I was getting married in a barn.”

Christine’s husband  Vincent added: “It was a great ceremony. We really appreciate it, we’re delighted.”

A kind-hearted group of local community representatives launched a campaign in January to give Christine her dream wedding.

Everything from the dresses and suits, hair and make-up, horse and carriage, rings, cake, photographer, DJ and decorations were given free of charge.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke offered the couple the use of the Mansion House for a drinks reception and first dance, and then around 80 guests had a reception at their local pub.

Dubs Christine and Vincent met 20 years ago after being introduced by Christine’s younger brother. Vincent proposed to Christine on her 21st birthday.

“I know this sounds corny but I knew when I met him that he was the one, I don’t know what it was, I just knew,” said Christine.

“I could tell him anything. He’s like a male version of me and I’m like a female version of him,” she added.

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