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Gay groom from Camp village gets ready for big day

Published 03/06/2013 | 05:00

Couple Calvin Hayes, left, and Stevie O’Driscoll who are to marry in August, with their wedding planner Sharon McMeel
Couple Calvin Hayes, left, and Stevie O’Driscoll who are to marry in August, with their wedding planner Sharon McMeel

'When I started going to gay bars, I told everyone I was just from outside Tralee," says Stevie O'Driscoll. "What else could I say?"

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Stevie is 31, and he comes from a famous Kerry football family. Indeed, he played full back for the local club, Annascaul. But he's not from Annascaul. He's from Camp.

Camp is a village and a parish. Half of it is on the high road to Dingle and the other half is on the low road to Dingle. The high rugged mountains of the west interlock like sets in a maths book. The low road skirts the azure sea with golden beaches and infinite skies that would make the Bedouin envious. High or low, there's no more beautiful place.

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