Wednesday 7 December 2016

GAA stars capture their greatest prize in stylish weddings

Tom Shiels and Melanie Finn

Published 01/01/2016 | 02:30

Today FM presenter Louise Duffy and Kerry footballer Paul Galvin leave St Tiernan's Church in Crossmolina, Co Mayo, after their wedding Photo: Conor McKeown
Today FM presenter Louise Duffy and Kerry footballer Paul Galvin leave St Tiernan's Church in Crossmolina, Co Mayo, after their wedding Photo: Conor McKeown
Stephen Cluxton and new wife Joanne O'Connor at Killenard church Photo: Pat Moore

GAA star Paul Galvin scored his perfect match when he wed radio star Louise Duffy on New Year's Eve.

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The two exchanged vows in St Tiernan's Church in Louise's home town of Crossmolina, Co Mayo.

In a witty sermon, Fr Francis Judge told the footballer: "You have won many awards as a player with Kerry, but you have come to Mayo for the greatest prize of all - our gorgeous Louise."

The priest's comment was met with loud applause and cheering.

Louise (31), who has been dating the sports star for nearly five years, looked the picture of happiness in a long-sleeved Kathy de Stafford gown with delicate lace detail and an open back.

Her other half opted for a light-grey suit from his own Dunnes Stores Vanguard clothing range which he teamed with a maroon tie and a red pocket square.

Wedding guests included Kerry team manager Eamon Fitzmaurice, player Cillian Young and former player Jimmy Deenihan TD.

Members of the Kerry squad were not available to travel as they are in Miami enjoying an off-season break from football.

During the wedding ceremony, there was a poignant moment when prayers were recited for Kerry footballer Patrick Curtin, who died earlier this week in a road accident in Guatemala.

Once the couple had said "I do", guests made a bee-line for Belleek Castle Hotel on the banks of the River Moy.

Meanwhile, in Laois, Dublin's All-Ireland winning goalkeeper and captain Stephen Cluxton (34) swapped vows with his long-term love Joanne O'Connor.

Joanne looked stunning in an ivory silk and lace dress with a plunging neckline and spaghetti straps.

Sports stars including Jason Sherlock, Dean Rock, Cian O'Sullivan and James McEvoy were among the guests.

Irish Independent

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