Everyone dreams of finding their perfect match to spend the rest of their life with. It’s not easy and relationships take a lot of time and effort to be successful. Des and Mona Manahan have been married for more than 50 years, and they still feel the same way about each other as when they first met. Stories like this give us hope that true love does live forever.
Bright Side wants to share with you another extraordinary story of an elderly Irish couple that will help you believe in true love.
The flowering of love
In 1952 Des began working at Waterford Crystal and one day looking through the office window he spotted Mona. She was so sweet and lovely that he couldn’t resist falling in love with her. At the time there was a train from Tramore to Waterford that they both took every day. Des realized that this was his chance to impress Mona.
He sang Nat King Cole’s song “Too Young” for Mona every day on that train from July through December until she finally started to like him back. Des says ironically:
I tried and tried … I don’t think she could stand me singing it any more.
Des and Mona have been married for 56 years now. And he thinks that she hasn’t changed a bit since that wedding photo was taken. It is true when people say that love is in the eyes of the beholder. This Irish couple went insanely viral on social media after people found out about their story.
Mona’s health problems and Des’s birthday
A while back Mona started to lose her eyesight. Her left eye is really bad and when she closes the right eye she can’t see anything. This became a huge obstacle when she wanted to do her makeup. And this is where the story begins.
On Des’s birthday Mona decided to get her makeup applied professionally and the couple went to the nearest Debenhams store to get it done. There they met Rosie O’Driscoll, a professional makeup artist. Rosie noted that Des was really interested in everything she was doing and eventually she just gave him the brushes to finish the makeup.
Make up journey begins
If you look at the way he holds the brushes, he’s a natural.
Rosie believes that Des is really good at doing makeup and she gave him a few tips so he could help Mona at home. As Des was doing Mona’s makeup, someone took a photo of them. 2 days later Rosie called them and told them they stole the hearts of millions of internet users worldwide.
As the story went viral, it just so happened to catch the ear of Mario Dedivanovic, Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist. When he heard this Irish couple’s story he was so touched by their relationship that he contacted them and invited Des to his master class. Obviously Des and Mona weren’t keeping up with the Kardashian family and they were overwhelmed once they found out how big a deal it was in the beauty industry.
The aftermath of going viral
Ever since their story went viral, Des and Mona are often asked to be on TV shows. During their This Morning interview on ITV Des was asked why it’s so important for him to help his wife with her makeup. He got very emotional, and said, while wiping the tears away:
For me it’s just natural. She needs something… I feel that any husband and wife of our age [support each other]… We love each other.
Now Des could be considered a professional makeup artist himself. He helps his wife to apply her makeup every single day. He said that they have both agreed on one thing: less is more when it comes to makeup. Des wants his wife to be happy and he is willing to do anything for her.
Des and Mona Manahan showed us that love isn’t expensive gifts or empty, but beautiful words. It’s much deeper than that. Love is mutual respect, and caring, and the desire to make your partner happy. All of us can definitely learn a lot from this heartwarming story.
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