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Forkhill man passes away four months after dream wedding

There has been a huge outpouring of grief across the district following the sad passing of Forkhill man Tony Mulholland last Tuesday night.  Tony died just four months after he and his wife Kim tied the knot in a fairytale wedding, made possible by the incredible support and generosity from their local community.

In February this year, 37-year-old Tony was given the devastating news that he was suffering from terminal cancer.  Until then, he and his then fiancée Kim Cunningham, like most couples, thought they had plenty of time to arrange and prepare for their wedding.  Unfortunately the shock diagnosis forced the couple to rethink their plans and their plight prompted a huge outpouring of generosity from local businesses and individuals who rallied together to raise funds to give the couple the wedding of their dreams.

Keen to help the stricken couple, family and friends organised a host of fundraisers along with an online appeal.  People were deeply moved by the heartbreaking story and soon offers of every conceivable wedding requirement – from venues and cars to music and food – flooded in and the devoted couple were able to celebrate their big day in style on Friday 4th March.

Their dream wedding held in Newry’s Golf Club Inn was everything the couple hoped for and gave them a much needed boost of happiness as they faced an uncertain future.  Sadly, their happiness was to be short-lived with Tony succumbing to his illness on Tuesday night, surrounded by his devoted family.

Tributes have been paid to the brave Forkhill man who, along with his extended family, was extremely well-known throughout the area.  Widespread condolences were offered to Kim and their five young children as Tony was laid to rest on Friday.  Hundreds of mourners packed St. Oliver Plunkett’s Church in Forkhill for a beautifully moving requiem Mass before paying their final respects at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mullaghbawn. Donations in lieu of flowers were made to Newry Hospice, which had provided such excellent care to Tony in his final weeks.

Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his entire circle of family and friends, Tony leaves behind his loving wife Kim and their children Hannah, Amy, Dillon, Lucy and Charlie, his parents Pat and Tom, sisters Lisa and Amy and brother Niall.