Jane - Anne Married

  happy couple 
  Staplestown Church is a small intimate building in North Kildare and was the location in late December for the celebration of the marriage of Naas AC’s Jane-Anne Healy to Galway’s David Meehan.
The strains of a harp made an unusual, but very pleasant accompaniment to the nuptials which were presided over by Fr Eric Cantillon SJ. Fr Cantillon, now retired, is an old family friend, and for many years the leading light of St Kevin’s AC, and one of the country’s best High Jump and Javelin coaches.
A beautiful ceremony proceeded once the bus bearing the groom was located, and so to Kilashee House in one of the worst cloudbursts to hit the area in years, mirroring perhaps the tears of regret among some of the single male members of the club. Needless to say Jane-Anne and David were completely unfazed by such minor considerations as Thunder, Lightning and Hail.
Words fail me in describing the Ladies’ finery or Jane-Anne’s dress, there should be a photograph somewhere; I am on safer grounds with the men – just think the March of the Penguins - while her coach was paid the ultimate compliment: “you scrubbed up very well”.
So to the festivities. The food and drink were excellent and plentiful, and the Galway – Kildare All-Ireland final was replayed many times, always unfortunately with the same result.
In the course of a very lively speech, the groom told us how he had pursued and won the hand of his bride, somebody remarked that a runner as fast as Jane-Anne must have known when to slow down.
Jane-Anne has been with the club since her early teens, and has been from the first an excellent athlete. Possibly one of the most single-minded and determined athletes I have met, she was also one of the most pleasant to deal with, while her academic achievements in school and college were the best.
Her collection of medals at County, Leinster, and All-Ireland level were capped at club level last year when she became the first woman to win the Millbrook Cup, a six mile handicap over Punchestown racecourse.
We wish Jane-Anne and David many, many, years of happy life together - and remind them that the club takes children’s’ membership from eight years onwards.  
  By Brian Dowling 
  Her coach Brian Dowling and wife Madeline at the celebrations. 
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