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Pitch perfect day for a wedding at Thomond

Kathryn Hayes

Published 31/07/2010 | 05:00

Sue Collins and Barry Hogan on the pitch at Thomond Park where they became the first couple to get married in the famous stadium. Photo: Emma Jervis
Sue Collins and Barry Hogan on the pitch at Thomond Park where they became the first couple to get married in the famous stadium. Photo: Emma Jervis

Thomond Park is normally a cauldron of baying rugby fans and bone-crunching clashes, but yesterday it staged a more gentle occasion, as the stadium hosted its first-ever marriage.

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Sue Collins and Barry Hogan said "I do" in a civil ceremony overlooking the halfway line of the hallowed rugby turf. Munster Red was the colour.

It was an extra special occasion for the Portroe, Co Tipperary, bride and groom, who used to work in the old Bohemian's bar at the stadium before its €40m facelift and are obviously Munster daft.

The bridesmaids wore red dresses in honour of their rugby heroes while the groom, who wore a red tie and red flower, relished his Thomond debut.

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Barry used to play rugby with Nenagh but never had the opportunity to play in Thomond before. "I might play today," he laughed. "Who knows? We could kick a few balls later."

Wearing an ivory dress, with a black and cream sequinned corset-style top, beautiful bride Sue said: "The whole thing is just wonderful.

"The venue is beautiful and all the guests are delighted, especially the men who just love being in Thomond Park."

The ceremony was held in the Thomond Suite, the stadium's largest hospitality room, which overlooks the pitch. After the ceremony, guests were invited to have a drink in the Presidential Suite and avail of a tour of the Munster rugby museum, while dinner was prepared by Masterchef, who catered at Michael Flatley's wedding.

The ceremony was performed by Geraldine McCarthy, Superintendent Registrar for the Mid West region.

Speaking afterwards ,Ms McCarthy said there were 179 civil ceremonies in the region in the first six months of this year, 20 of which were held in venues other than the registry office.

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