Favourite Irish day celebrated across the south-west

MILESTONE: Maureen and John O'Brien, from Melbourne, have been celebrating their wedding anniversary for the past 10 years on St Patrick's Day. Pictures: Amy Paton

MILESTONE: Maureen and John O'Brien, from Melbourne, have been celebrating their wedding anniversary for the past 10 years on St Patrick's Day. Pictures: Amy Paton

HELLO: Queensland's Monica Cooke, Rae Finn and Robert Cooke were in the south-west for the Folk Festival and are glad they stuck around for St Patrick's Day.

HELLO: Queensland's Monica Cooke, Rae Finn and Robert Cooke were in the south-west for the Folk Festival and are glad they stuck around for St Patrick's Day.

FOR 10 years Melbourne’s Maureen and John O’Brien have been celebrating their wedding anniversary at Mickey Bourke’s Koroit Hotel on St Patrick’s Day.

The couple make the trek from the city to the quiet country town with family and friends.

“We have been coming for a decade,” Mrs O’Brien said.

“I proposed to John. I told him I would marry him on St Patrick’s Day in 2007 as I love the day and the number seven.”

Mr and Mr O’Brien got married at the top of the 1000 steps at Ferntree Gully and have family connections to Ireland.

“My father was conceived on the way out from Ireland,” Mrs O’Brien said. “My Nan was Irish. We visited the church she was married in when we were over there.”

Guinness was flowing and Irish tunes were belted out at the popular Koroit establishment, with revellers from across the south-west and beyond packing into the pub’s bar and lounge.

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