October 24, 1939
Derry City’s famous international, Jimmy Kelly, was married in the Long Tower Church, Derry, yesterday morning, to Miss Mary C. Gibbons, a Derry girl.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. P. Devine, Adm., Long Tower, who celebrated Nuptial Mass at nine o’clock.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kelly, Sloan’s Terrace, Mr. Kelly was born in Ballybofey, County Donegal. Idol of soccer fans in the North, he has been the highest and most consistent scorer in the Irish League, and three years ago he realised the footballer’s dream of a hat-trick of international goals when he played against England in the Inter-League match at Windsor Park, Belfast. He played for Coleraine and Liverpool before joining the Derry City Club, with whom he has been since the season of their existence.
Mr. Kelly’s bride, who lives in Bishop Street, is the daughter of Mrs. Gibbons and the late Mr. H. Gibbons, butcher.
His brother, Mr. Hugh Kelly, was best man, and the bridesmaid was Miss Sadie Doherty, Phillip Street, a niece of the bride.
Rev. C.H. Kerlin, P.P., Leckpatrick, was among those who attended the subsequent reception, which was held in the Melville Hotel.
The honeymoon is being spent in Dublin.
(Northern Whig: October 25, 1939)