All-Star hurler Tommy Walsh wins his finest prize yet
Published 31/12/2011 | 05:00
ALL-STAR hurler Tommy Walsh looked like the cat that had got the cream after marrying his "best friend".
The 28-year-old is used to lifting the Liam MacCarthy Cup but his greatest feat came yesterday when he married long-term girlfriend Marlis Coonan.
The stunning brunette arrived fashionably late for the nuptials at St Brendan's Church in Muckalee, Co Kilkenny, accompanied by her four bridesmaids -- who were all wearing purple, floor-length gowns.
The 27-year-old has been in a relationship with Tullaroan hurler Tommy for a number of years and said on her webpage that her "aim in life" was to marry the man of her dreams.
The groom, who is regarded as one of the greatest hurlers of all time and has won six All-Ireland medals, was accompanied by his best man -- his brother Martin -- and groomsmen, his brothers Padraig and Shane and Marlis's brother Tomas Coonan.
The five wore matching grey suits, with white waistcoats and brown shoes.
'King' Henry Shefflin and his wife Deirdre were among the guests. Other invitees included the former Kilkenny captain Jackie Tyrell. Manager Brian Cody was expected to join the couple later for their reception in the Ormonde Hotel.
Fr Larry Wallace, the chief celebrant, welcomed the guests to a "very happy occasion".
He continued: "Tommy and all of his friends have given us so much pleasure over the years. But even with all the medals, All Stars and Liam MacCarthy Cups, today is a day of even greater achievement because this achievement is for life."
As the newlyweds emerged from the church, a guard of honour was formed by guests with hurleys. Among those in the guard was Kilkenny great Mick Brennan, who hurled for his county in the '70s and '80s.