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.