Shelley Coe (The Ridge, Old Leighlin) and David Brogan (Leighlin Parish) were married on June 9th in St Lazerian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin, followed by an after party in The Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge. The couple were joined in their celebrations by David’s Irish and South African family, while Shelley had guests all the way from Australia. The service was presided over by Dean Tom Gordon and Fr Lalor, who joined the two families and communities.
The day was made extra special for David as it provided an opportunity for the Brogan family to have a long overdue reunion. David was joined by his father Bill Brogan, whose grandfather Patrick O’Connell hailed from Maylor St, Cork, and his mother Mary (nee Lennon) who grew up in Kilcormac, Co Offaly. Bill and Mary both come from large families, having seven siblings each, most of whom made it to the wedding.
Bill and Mary left Ireland in 1980 to move to Johannesburg, S.A., and Bill had not been back since then, so the opportunity to spend time with his brothers and sisters, six children and grandchildren was very welcome.
However, not long after Bill and Mary returned to Johannesburg, David received devastating news. On the morning of Wednesday, July 6th, Bill came upon three intruders outside his home, he was shot in the head and robbed. Bill is 68 years old. He was on his way to work. Sadly Bill and Mary were in the process of tying up their affairs to move back to Ireland for their retirement.
Miraculously Bill is still alive. He was taken to Netcare Union Hospital, Johannesburg, where doctors advised he would need multiple surgeries to remove the bullet and repair the damage. The surgery will cost upwards of €65K. Bill does not have medical cover and his family are under tremendous pressure to meet the costs of his care, however they are determined to give him the best chance of recovery possible and remain hopeful that he will make it back to Ireland one more time.
A go fund me account has been set up to help with Bills surgery and medical costs and the Brogan family are overwhelmed by the love and support shown to them by friends and family around the world. They would like to thank everyone who has contributed at this harrowing time. They ask people to remember Bill in their thoughts and prayers while they continue to pray for his recovery.
Presently Bill remains in a stable but critical condition. The extent of his injuries are yet unknown.
If you are in a position to donate and would like to help out the go fund me link is: