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Wedding harmony for trad families

Tom Shiel

Published 04/01/2011 | 05:00

THEY met in the scorching heat of Dubai but were married yesterday in the much cooler surrounds of Co Donegal.

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Well known trad musician Fergal O Murchu and air hostess turned primary school principal Amanda Davey said "I do" in St Agatha's Church, Clar, near Donegal town.

Mr O Murchu (33), from Moygownagh, Co Mayo, is the founder of Ragus, an Irish dance show formed 12 years ago. He met his bride to be while touring in Dubai. Mr O Murchu said: "I met Amanda when she came to one of our shows in Dubai. I suppose you could say I was smitten straight away."

Neither the bride, who is also an accomplished flute player, or groom had to perform at yesterday's ceremony which was performed by Fr Kieran Holmes, a first cousin of the groom.

Singer Tommy Fleming, a close friend of the groom, was due to perform at the ceremony but was unfortunately unable to attend due to illness.

After a short stay in Belfast, the couple intend going to Dubai, a place which has many happy memories for them, to continue their honeymoon.

At a reception afterwards, Amanda was persuaded to do some stepdancing while her sister, Shauna, played the harp and her brother, Nigel, played a tune on the accordion.

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