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Bap Kennedy and me: 'The day he proposed was more hilarious than romantic', says widow Brenda

The Northern Ireland singer’s widow Brenda reveals how Van Morrison played a role in his unusual proposal and why his music will live on, writes David O’Dornan

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So close: Bap and Brenda Kennedy

So close: Bap and Brenda Kennedy

So close: Bap and Brenda Kennedy

He will forever be remembered as one of the greatest songwriters from these shores, but when it came to romantic gestures, Bap Kennedy didn’t always possess the same flair as his lyrics.

Four years on from his death, his widow Brenda reflects fondly on the day the Belfast singer decided they should get married — in a McDonald’s with the help of Sir Van Morrison.

It’s a curious tale that began when the couple went on a trip abroad involving a stay in the city of love, Paris, and a visit to look at diamonds — all the hallmarks of a classic wedding proposal, right?


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