Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tractors lead Crystal Swing bride to church

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

I DO: Singer Dervla Burke of Crystal Swing marries farmer Tim O’Connor in Lisgoold, Co Cork
I DO: Singer Dervla Burke of Crystal Swing marries farmer Tim O’Connor in Lisgoold, Co Cork
Singer Dervla Burke of Crystal Swing with Tim, brother Derek (left) her mother Mary and father Michael

Crystal Swing star Dervla Burke was brought to the church for her wedding yesterday behind a convoy of vintage tractors.

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Her brother, Derek, led the procession on his own prized tractor from the Burke family home in Lisgoold, Co Cork, to the nearby Church of St John the Baptist.

Hundreds of guests and fans turned out to witness the 23-year-old tie the knot with 31-year-old local farmer Tim O'Connor, from Ballyvodac.

They were joined by X Factor star Mary Byrne, RTE presenter Brenda Donohue and other figures from the worlds of music and entertainment. A pre-wedding hooley kicked off the day's celebrations at the family home with music and finger food for family, neighbours and friends. Smiling brightly in her dream dress and flowing veil, Dervla told reporters: "This is big and floaty and frilly. I love it. It's one that any princess would like to wear on her wedding day."

Her bridesmaids accompanied her in mink-coloured short dresses.

Dervla met Tim through Derek, and she made the first move by sending him a message on Facebook. After striking up a friendship, he finally asked her out on a date to the cinema.

Speaking about what she most admires about the love of her life, she said: "I don't know anyone who works harder than Tim. He's got sheep and suckler cows and he does it all on his own."

After the ceremony, the reception and celebrations were held at the Midleton Park Hotel, for 250 guests.

Sunday Independent

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