Sunday 24 February 2019

Couple's 'whirlwind' wedding after dad's shock cancer news

Patrick Murphy and Tracey married last week
Patrick Murphy and Tracey married last week

A Dublin dad who was diagnosed with terminal cancer just weeks ago has married his long-term partner in an emotional ceremony.

Tallaght man Patrick Murphy (52) was diagnosed with throat cancer in October 2017, but in May this year he was given the horrific news that the disease was terminal and had spread to other parts of his body.

Last week, Patrick married his long-time partner Tracey Jacob (41). The couple have been together for 17 years and finally tied the knot on Thursday, June 14.

They have a four-year-old daughter called Lily.

"We've known each other all our lives. We always just said 'we'll get married someday', until Pat got sick in October," Tracey told the Herald.

"You think you have time, but when things like this happen you realise you don't have that time. You'd regret not making those happy memories, so we decided to just do it."

Patrick was given just three months to a year to live, and after "putting it on the long finger" for years, the pair decided to get married before Patrick's health deteriorated further.

Within the space of three weeks, Tracey and Pat had sorted all the wedding details, which Tracey said was "a whirlwind".

"It was literally a whirlwind. Within three weeks it was planned and done, but we couldn't have done it without our family. They all pooled together and helped out," Tracey said.

"I couldn't thank the Long Mile enough, where we had our wedding reception. They were fantastic and so supportive."

Tracey's mother decorated the venue and did the flowers, but Tracey explained that choosing a dress in the timescale was a challenge.


"It wasn't an easy thing to go in and choose your dress so fast. It wasn't like going shopping on a regular day. Memories Bridal Boutique in Lucan were so helpful with finding me my dress."

When the couple said "I do" on June 14, it was a day of "pure happiness" for Tracey and her family.

"It was an absolutely beautiful day. It was a day of very mixed emotions - of joy, of tears. It was so emotional for everyone, but it really was the happiest day of our lives," she said. "I'm so happy we did it because life is too short."

Patrick is no longer undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, but he is being given immunotherapy.

"Patrick isn't allowed to fly at the moment but we are hoping, with time on our side, that we will get away at the end of July", Tracey added.

"We aren't going to give up. You have to hold on to your hope."

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