Wed­ding plan­ner calls Live­line fol­low­ing in­ci­dent in church

Bray People - - NEWS -

A wed­ding plan­ner called Joe Duffy last Thurs­day af­ter an al­leged dis­pute with a priest in St Pa­trick’s Church, Kilquade.

Edel Cooney had dressed the small and very beau­ti­ful church for the wed­ding of Jenny and David O’Brien. The dec­o­ra­tions in­cluded six cherry blos­som trees and chairs for the bride and groom.

The trees were ul­ti­mately moved out­side, form­ing a pas­sage­way for the bride between the gate and the door of the church.

Ms Cooney, who had not re­sponded to a call at the time of go­ing to press, told RTE’s Live­line that the priest had said they should be re­moved be­fore he would per­form the sacra­ment.

The priest did not ap­pear on Live­line to dis- cuss the mat­ter, nor has he an­swered our calls.

The bride, who spoke on the ra­dio pro­gramme by phone from her hon­ey­moon, said that she wasn’t aware there was any­thing wrong un­til she saw the trees out­side.

‘He is ac­tu­ally a lovely man, and the cer­e­mony he did was fan­tas­tic,’ she told Joe Duffy.

David said that he was hav­ing some pic­tures taken with fam­ily when the is­sue arose. ‘ There was a voice­mail from the priest,’ he said. ‘I said to my two broth­ers, we need to go to the church.’

David said that the priest told him the dec­o­ra­tions were to­tally un­ac­cept­able and that the wed­ding wasn’t a big party.

Ms Cooney said that the dec­o­ra­tions were taste­ful and that the trees were not on the aisle.

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