Wed­ding of the Week

From a chat over tea to a walk down the aisle for Louise and Conor

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Eve Kel­li­her

THEIR eyes first met across the kitchen ta­ble and Louise Mc­Carthy and Conor Ryan ex­changed wed­ding vows re­cently. Conor, a lorry driver, also works part-time as an agri­cul­tural con­trac­tor and he spot­ted Louise when he ar­rived to help out with the plough­ing at Louise’s fam­ily’s farm.

“My mother in­vited him in for a cup of tea and I was there in the kitchen so we got chat­ting,” said Louise, a mem­ber of staff at Kin­sale Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal.

“The next day Conor ar­rived to fin­ish the work and came in to the kitchen again where I was on my own to give him the din­ner. Again, we got chat­ting and be­fore he left he asked me out on a date.”

The rest is his­tory and Bal­ly­gar­van na­tive Conor whisked Louise, from Rathrout, Bal­li­nadee, off to Rome where he popped the ques­tion at the Trevi Foun­tain. “It was a big sur­prise as I thought we were go­ing there to visit Conor’s brother Fr Fer­gus Ryan, who is a priest in Rome, but Conor had some­thing spe­cial in mind,” said Louise.

And Fr Fer­gus was to play a key role in their wed­ding when he mar­ried the cou­ple in the Church of the Scared Heart, Bal­li­nadee, in a Mass led by Fr Michael O’Ma­hony.

The re­cep­tion took place in Fern­hill House Ho­tel in Clon­akilty and help­ing them plan the big day were the bride’s mother Noreen Mc­Carthy and the groom’s par­ents Eileen and Tom Ryan.

Louise’s brother Tim-Joe walked the bride up the aisle in mem­ory of her fa­ther Pa­trick.

Her six sis­ters were by her side as brides­maids — Aine (chief brides­maid), Cait, Noreen, Breda, Mary and He­lena.

Conor’s brother Eoin Ryan was best man with Barry Mar­shall, Jonathan Cham­bers, Richard Mur­phy, Seán Carey and the bride’s brother An­thony Mc­Carthy as grooms­men.

Louise’s niece Ali­son Mc­Carthy was the flower girl and her nephew Tony O’Ma­hony was the page­boy.

The bride’s god­fa­ther, James O’Brien, sup­plied the trans­port and her un­cle Tony O’Ma­hony and his son Sean O’Ma­hony joined forces with Louise’s brother An­thony to or­gan­ise a pyra­mid com­pris­ing hay bales for one of the wed­ding pho­to­shoots by pho­tog­ra­pher Marc Coombes.

Alex Mc­Carthy cre­ated the wed­ding cake. The bride and groom em­barked on a week­long Mediter­ranean cruise to start their hon­ey­moon be­fore spend­ing five days in Salou and re­turn­ing to Rome to throw a coin into the Trevi Foun­tain in Rome and make an­other wish.

The new­ly­weds will re­side in Rathrout, Bal­li­nadee.

Pic­tures: Marc Coombes

The bride and groom, Louise Mc­Carthy and Conor Ryan, with their bridal party.

Louise Mc­Carthy and Conor Ryan with friends and fam­ily mem­bers af­ter their wed­ding cer­e­mony.

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