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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Couple celebrate 50 years of marriage after meeting on CIE Tours bus tour

In 1962, Nora (Norrie) Coakley booked an Irish bus tour that forever changed her life. A young, single woman living in Dublin with her father, Norrie suggested the two of them embark on a CIE Tours International bus jaunt as a break from the routine of their daily lives, and as an easy way to see more of their Irish homeland.

What she couldn’t have known is that on that trip she’d meet an Irish-American World War II veteran named William (Bill) Short, a Chicago accountant travelling on his own, seeking to connect with his Irish roots. Norrie and Bill never expected to find true love.

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Sometime during their coach journey, Norrie and Bill took a side trip by car – minus Norrie’s dad – to Killarney. What transpired between them was an instant attraction and a year later Norrie moved to Chicago to marry Bill. Their love grew, and for Bill and Norrie, happily-ever-after included three children and six grandchildren. As a beautiful reminder of their meeting, a vintage 1962 CIE Tours’ poster now hangs in their Western Springs, IL home. And, in August, the couple will take another CIE Tours’ Irish holiday, this time to revisit the place they first fell in love, and to celebrate their golden anniversary.

Norrie booked that long-ago holiday as an escape from everyday life. Bill signed on for an adventure 534331that would help him discover his Irish ancestry. Neither expected to find love. But that’s the thing about a CIE Tours International holiday – no matter what you seek, there are always surprises to be found. What you can be sure of on any CIE Tours International vacation, however, is that you’ll travel in luxurious comfort on your fully escorted, all-inclusive trip. You can also be sure that any one of the dozens of Irish itineraries will leave you in love – if not with a fellow traveller, then with the green and friendly island that will greet you with open arms and always welcome you to “come home to visit.”

For more than 82 years, CIE Tours International, has set the standard for fully escorted coach tours of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. This renowned tour operator delivers unsurpassed experiences and value for both packaged holidays and custom independent travel, combining the best of each destination with expert professional tour guides who bring each itinerary to life.
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