It's the Kingdom's own royal wedding as Healy-Rae ties knot
Published 31/12/2012 | 05:00
IT was like a royal wedding, but instead of crowns, flat caps were the order of the day.
Johnny Healy-Rae married his childhood sweetheart Caroline O'Mahony at the weekend, witnessed by 750 guests - massive, even for a Kerry wedding.
And the patriarch of the family, retired Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae, was in fine fettle, swapping his trademark tartan cap for a black one for the occasion of his grandson's wedding.
Theirs is a love that blossomed in secondary school and was sealed at the weekend at the Holy Cross Church in Kenmare, followed by a reception in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.
And while the vows were being exchanged, a team of 30 people was busy preparing the function room of the INEC for the banquet.
Johnny is the eldest of six children of Danny and Eileen Healy-Rae and Caroline is the only child of Jeffrey and Bridget O'Mahony from Templenoe. However, the ceremony had to be held in the bigger Kenmare church rather than in Templenoe to accommodate the crowd.
Johnny has followed in the footsteps of his famous grandfather and was co-opted on to Kerry County Council in 2011 to represent the Killorglin electoral area, filling the vacancy created when his uncle Michael was elected to the Dail as an Independent TD for South Kerry.
He is the third generation of the family to enter public life, following in the footsteps of his father Danny, uncle and grandfather, who all served on Kerry County Council.
They weren't blessed with nice weather on Saturday but this didn't hamper the enjoyment of the day.
John O'Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel confirmed the wedding was one of the biggest they had ever catered.
"It's a lot of work and a big job when you have an event like this but we're delighted Johnny and Caroline chose the Gleneagle for their special day," he added.