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Storm Brian fails to dampen San­dra and John’s spe­cial day

STORM Brian failed to dampen spir­its on San­dra O’Neill and John Galvin’s big day. San­dra, from Castle­town­bere, and Glen­gar­riff na­tive John were wed in the Church of the Sa­cred Heart, Castle­town­bere, by Fr Gearoid Walsh and held their re­cep­tion in The Beara Coast Ho­tel, Castle­town­bere.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Ian Cronin of IC Photo Stu­dio cap­tured the big day on cam­era.

Help­ing them cel­e­brate were both sets of par­ents, Noreen and Ger­ard O’Neill and Mary and De­nis Galvin, as well as the bride’s grand­mother Mar­garet Han­ley and the groom’s grand­mother Peggy O’Sul­li­van.

“The fact that both of our grand­moth­ers were able to share in our spe­cial day meant the world to us,” said the bride.

San­dra’s sis­ter Emer Hur­ley was ma­tron of hon­our while her sis­ter Jenny O’Neill joined forces with her friends An­drea Lotty and Siob­hán Mur­phy to take on brides­maid du­ties.

John’s brother Danny Galvin was best man while his brother Damien Galvin was grooms­man along with his friend Kil­lian Martin-Sul­li­van and the San­dra’s brother-in-law Gary Hur­ley.

The bride’s cousin Evan Han­ley was page­boy with her nieces Kate­lyn Hur­ley and Isla Daly and her cousin Keeva Han­ley as flow­er­girls.

The cou­ple were col­lege sweet­hearts, hav­ing met through their mu­tual friend Rachel Kennedy while at Cork In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in 2006.

“We got en­gaged on the an­niver­sary of our fifth year to­gether, on Oc­to­ber 20, 2011,” said San­dra.

“Our big day was amaz­ing, ev­ery­thing went per­fectly, con­sid­er­ing Storm Brian was in full force by the time the cer­e­mony be­gan.”

San­dra looked stun­ning in in a Mag­gie Sot­tero gown sourced in the Moderne in Cork City. The flo­ral ar­range­ments were by Noreen’s Flow­ers, Castle­town­bere, while Robert Tre­ston from Aisle Love You trav­elled from Dublin to dec­o­rate the church. Cian Mur­phy of Ceil­iúradh and Chart Da­tum Castle­town­bere, pro­ducer of be­spoke hand­crafted wooden de­signs and a close friend, cre­ated some beau­ti­ful pieces for us,” said San­dra.

The new­ly­weds will live in Castle­town­bere.

Pic­tures: Ian Cronin, IC Photo Stu­dio

San­dra O’Neill from Castle­town­bere mar­ried Glen­gar­iff na­tive John Galvin at the Church of the Sa­cred Heart, Castle­town­bere.

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