Mid-Ulster Mail – Saturday 1 October 1966
By a Mail reporter
The Reading Rooms in Chapel Street, Cookstown, are just another building to most people but for Mr and Mrs Thomas Scullion, Lisaclare, Stewartstown, they have special significance because that is where they were married fifty years ago, on 26 September 1916, by Father McLaughlin.
They could not be married in the Chapel in Cookstown because it was being repaired, but Mrs Scullion – formerly Miss Elizabeth Mitchell of Loup – was not disappointed at not having a ‘church’ wedding.
‘It didn’t make any difference to me,’ she told me this week as she and her husband celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Mr and Mrs Scullion are both very young-looking for their ages – he is 73 and she is three years younger. The secret of their youthfulness is cycling. Both have bicycles and don’t think anything of hopping on them and riding to Dungannon or Cookstown, or even further, as they have often done. There is always a car at their disposal but they rarely if ever use it.
They have nine children, seven of whom are married; forty-four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.