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  • There are no photographs from the night that I met Lucinda.

    It those days there was no such thing as digital camera or mobile phones. Back then camera's were bulky and you had to send the film off to be processed. There was no reason to think I might need my camera, that night. I mean how was I to know that it would be the night i'd meet my wife.

    My brother Chris, had driven down for the weekend in my mam's car to help me move. My house mates and I were being evicted because while we'd been paying rent, the landlord had not kept up his mortgage payments, but that's another story. All you need to know today is that the Judge had given us until the end of term to move out, and suggested we have a party when we did, and we'd never been the sort to go against a judges advice.

    I was the day before St Patricks day and a week before the end of term, the Irish Society were hosting a "paddies day party", so the plan was to go to that then to go back to our house for what we'd grandly called our eviction party. It was only a few drinks after the pub shut really.

    I'd seen Lucinda around campus, but i didn't know her name and we'd never really spoken. I was in my second year at college, while she was in her first. I remember both my friends and hers dancing in their own little groups until they played 'Come on Eileen' by Dexies Midnight Runners, after that we all ended up dancing together. We danced until the music stopped and they turned up the house lights. It seemed rude not to ask Lucinda and her friends back to our party after that, and a little to my surprise they agreed to come. We talked for an hour and at the end of the night we kissed under the street light outside of the house. We agreed to see each other again at a student club night on the following tuesday. I had been supposed to travel home that day, so I had to call by parents and tell them something had come up and i wouldn't be back for a couple of days.

    We had been together ever since, living together for almost twenty years and married for fifteen.

    [This Photo is one of the first I can find of the two of us. Taken on a family visit to Talacra beach by Lucinda's mam Brenda the year after we met]
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