Belfast Telegraph

Irish pensioner, 72, determined to wed young Polish fiancee

A pensioner in love with a Polish blonde more than 40 years his junior has been forced to delay their Christmas wedding after she fell ill, he revealed.

Patsy Brogan, 72, who has been married three times before, was planning to set off for Krakow from Ireland with his bride-to-be Daria Weiske, 29.

But the Boxing Day ceremony has been put on hold until the New Year after she went down with flu.

"It's heartbreaking, but we can wait a little while longer," he said. "She is looking out for me all the time and believe me, it's not my money that she's after."

Mr Brogan, a former airline pilot, is at the centre of a drinks licence dispute. Donegal County Council has started legal action to shut him down, despite categorical denials he is selling alcohol inside a shed he calls the Bog Inn Hotel and which he claims is used as a private bar only to entertain friends.

It is beside his bungalow home, high in the hills, 13 miles from Donegal town in an area known as the Frosses.

Council staff who allege he is running a shebeen are due back in court again on January 25 to demand the place is closed. By that time the couple hope to be married.

Mr Brogan first married in Manchester in 1957 and then twice again in 1992 and 1995 in Birmingham, where he worked as a pilot before returning to Ireland.

He claimed it was his drinking and womanising which cost him his marriages, but insists his philandering days have ended after meeting Daria two years ago when she and a number of migrant girlfriends visited the Bog Inn, which is now under the threat of closure.

Mr Brogan said: "She could have her pick of any one of a thousand men, but she chose me. She is my pretty, little baby. She wouldn't look at another man, not even if it was Rock Hudson."


From Belfast Telegraph