Happiness as chance meeting leads to love

Kathleen and Dermot Robinson centre, pictured on their wedding day with their bridal party who are all family members, from left, Joanne Burke, Dermot Robinson Jnr, Leonie Robinson, Liam Robinson, Katie Delve, Alan Delve, Caitlyn Delve, Thomas Burke, Narrisa Farren and Jack Burke.
Kathleen and Dermot Robinson centre, pictured on their wedding day with their bridal party who are all family members, from left, Joanne Burke, Dermot Robinson Jnr, Leonie Robinson, Liam Robinson, Katie Delve, Alan Delve, Caitlyn Delve, Thomas Burke, Narrisa Farren and Jack Burke.
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A local couple have revealed how a chance night out led them to find their happy ever after with each other.

Kathleen and Dermot Robinson married earlier this summer - but the couple so nearly missed out on meeting each other that they are convinced higher forces were at work to make sure they were united.

Kathleen (nee Burke), is orginally from Dumbarton, Scotland but her parents were from Donegal. She works in the Nursing Unit in Carndonagh and said she had been at work as usual on September 6, 2010 when a woman she did not know called to her work to ask for her.

“I immediately thought the worst,” Kathleen said, “and was worried something had happened to my children or my grand-daughter but it turns out the lady was a lovely woman called Mary who had been sent to me by a woman I knew well from the local beauticians.”

Mary, it turns out, had a spare ticket for a country and western concert in Coleraine that evening and Kathleen’s beautician friend had suggested she may want to go along.

“I said no at first,” Kathleen laughed. “I’d just dyed my hair and it had gone a little wrong so I didn’t want to be seen out. But Mary persuaded me to come along and I’m glad I did.”

The 52 year old said as soon as she arrived at the concert in Coleraine she noticed 56 years old Dermot. “He looked very well presented, clean and as if he looked after himself. I noticed his blue eyes straight away but also noticed that he was still wearing his jacket and looked like he was not staying.”

However when Kathleen challenged a man who was behaving badly at the bar, Dermot told her he admired how she had handled a tricky situation and they started talking. Two and half hours later they were still talking.

Dermot revealed he was only due to stay in Coleraine for another few days as he had work in London - and had only returned to lay flowers at his late wife’s grave.

But the pair got on so well they exchanged phone numbers. “We would call each other three times a day,” ‘Kathleen said. “First thing in the morning, when we got in from work and before we went to bed.”

The pair were soon smitten and got engaged on Valentine’s Day last year. They married in June of this year in Carndonagh.

“We both are so grateful that we got another chance at love - we are soulmates and feel safe together. We can’t but feel everything we went through before was part of God’s plan.”