Friday 30 September 2016

'We must be Ireland’s unluckiest couple' - Newlyweds anger after honeymoon cancelled

Cathal McMahon

Published 18/07/2016 | 21:25

Libby Purcell and Paul Kelly. Picture Courtesy of Libby Purcell
Libby Purcell and Paul Kelly. Picture Courtesy of Libby Purcell

A new bride has told how she learned the night before her honeymoon that her travel agent had collapsed.

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Libby Purcell said that after a stressful run up to their wedding both she and husband Paul Kelly were looking forward to their trip to Greece.

But the pair became the latest victims of the collapse of the Lowcostholidays.ie company.

She said: “We must be Ireland’s unluckiest couple. Our original wedding venue closed without notice and we had to find new venue two months before.”

Libby Purcell and Paul Kelly. Picture Courtesy of Libby Purcell
Libby Purcell and Paul Kelly. Picture Courtesy of Libby Purcell

Thousands of holiday-makers have been left in limbo since the online travel company closed on Friday afternoon.

People currently on holidays may be forced to pay for their accommodation again or be forced out, and those with bookings are facing having their accommodation cancelled.

Ms Purcell (33), a teacher from Co Offaly, explained: “We were so excited about our honeymoon.

“Normally I book everything separately but I decided to go for the ‘easy’ option and went with a package deal.

“We had bags packed and about 10pm Friday evening when we spotted the article on Facebook.

“We tried to contact hotel in Greece and Lowcostholidays.ie with no luck.

“We tried to rebook the original accommodation but it was booked out.”

She continued: “At 11pm on Friday we still didn’t know if we could go on honeymoon. The flight was the next day at 2pm.

Libby Purcell. Picture Courtesy of Libby Purcell
Libby Purcell. Picture Courtesy of Libby Purcell

“We spent a lot finding new hotel and new taxi. We are currently €1,700 out of pocket.”

The couple travelled to Crete in the end but ended up having to fork out, out of their own pockets.

This is not the first hurdle that the couple have had to face since deciding to get married.

They bought a house together in Cabra in January 2015 and got married three weeks ago in Nenagh. 

“We had a stressful run up to wedding. The venue we had booked closed down with no warning and then our humanist pulled. We got everything sorted in the end but this was the last thing we needed.”

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